Château de Cherveux

Cherveux, France

Château de Cherveux largely dates from the 12th to the 14th century, although much that you can see today is the result of a major reconstruction around 1470 by the Scotsman Robert Cunningham. He gained the control of the castle through his marriage to Louise Chenin - hence Cherveux is often referred to as the 'Scottish castle in France'.

By the time of the Wars of Religion the castle had been further reinforced, but was still seized on three occasions between 1569 and 1586.

The Chateau de Cherveux suffered substantial damage during the period of the French revolution, before falling to the ownership of the Clouzot-Meynier family, subsequently passing in 1931 to the Redion family who own and maintain the castle to this day.

Architecture

The structure of the castle is dominated by a substantial donjon and various other towers and buildings, and the ruins of an ancient tower, all around a five-sided courtyard, and is reached by a stone bridge with three arches across the moat which has replaced the original drawbridge.

Note in particular the hexagonal towers that contain the staircases and the impressive examples of gothic style stonework such as those around the entrance door leading in to the logis and the dragon of the Scottish flag that can be seen on the window of the donjon.

Inside the logis you will see that the original room was at first floor level, although it's floor has now disappeared making the room visible from the ground floor.

It is also inside the castle that you will see some of the most impressive carved stonework to be seen at Cherveux, and some impressive carpentry work described as being of the 'coques de bateaux retournés' style because of its resemblance to an upside-down boat.

The castle is open to the public at weekends from April to October.

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Founded: 12th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in France
Historical period: Birth of Capetian dynasty (France)

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Paul G Miller (9 months ago)
Interesting, old Chateau in need of serious renovation but quite spectacular in its own way. Nice village situation.....imagine it back in the day!
Susan Blair (9 months ago)
Beautiful building in need of a little refurbishment but lovely setting.
Guillaume DUMOULIN (10 months ago)
A superb visit to make. François is inexhaustible on the history of the castle and its legends. A real journey through time and local mythology. Don't they say that the castle was built in one night by Mélusine?
Grania Smith (5 years ago)
An informative guide today. We both enjoyed the tour. You managed to make us understand perfectly.. Thank you (We were not part of the study group as stated below. We were just on holiday)
Mark Chapman (7 years ago)
Great guided tour of the Château from the owner. Vive the auld alliance.
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