Château du Coudray-Salbart

Échiré, France

The Château de Coudray-Salbart is a ruined 13th-century castle in the commune of Échiré. Its architecture is remarkable, having never been altered. Notably, the castle supports spurs of almond wood.

The lords of Parthenay-Larchevêque gained control of the Coudray-Salbart site in the 12th century. In 1152, Eleanor of Aquitaine married Henry Plantagenet, who became the King of England in 1154, leading to the Poitou region falling under English rule. The fortress of Coudray-Salbart, built in the early 13th century, became a focal point in the conflicts between the French Capetians and the English Plantagenets.

The castle was however lost its purpose already in the 15th century and was ruined. Today beautiful ruins exist.


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Founded: 13th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in France
Historical period: Late Capetians (France)


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David Pommier (9 months ago)
So much history Really enjoyed the visit
Neen T (11 months ago)
Beautiful & Peaceful
Sandra Ottley (2 years ago)
Great visit. All adult party, so managed narrow steps etc. Not suitable for less able. Guided tour brought everything to our attention. Very knowledgeable and clearly very enthusiastic about history. Also excellent English so we got everything he was telling us. Thank you!
Alexandre CIOT (4 years ago)
Calm site, not much visitors. Not suitable for families with kids under 5, nor disabled persons.
Richard Cook (5 years ago)
Great place for a visit, not to big and not too much reading
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