Château de Flaugergues

Montpellier, France

The Château de Flaugergues is one of many follies erected by wealthy merchants surrounding the city. The castle preserves antique furniture and collection of Flemish tapestries.

The follies in the region were constructed by aristocrats serving the French king. In 1696, Etienne de Flaugergues, member of the Cour des Comptes, bought a piece of land and built which henceforth carried his name. It took him 45 years to give the existing house its current appearance. From then on, Flaugergues became an example for the various other follies constructed by wealthy merchants surrounding Montpellier.

In 1811, the Boussairolles family bought the estate, and Charles Joseph de Boussairoles designed the orangerie and the park in English garden style in 1850. Inherited by generations of nobles, it still gives an idea of the life of the French nobility in the 17th century.

It is not so much the building itself as the use that is made of the area surrounding it that makes Flaugergues interesting architecturally speaking. The architect is not known, but it is certain that there have been multiple people working on the estate between 1696 and 1730. Much use is made of the difference in terrain level, creating separate spaces within the garden and making the mansion look grander than it in fact is.

The façade is cut in half by a doorway with Doric pilasters, carrying an entablature with rose sculpted metopes. The different levels of the house are emphasized by bands, which was fashionable in the 17th century. The large windows give the first level an air of importance, while the back wall of the building is almost blind.

The most striking part of Flaugergues is the interior, with the staircase taking up almost one-third of it. Every floor is served by this staircase with its characteristic hanging key vaults and forged iron banisters.

Since Roman times, vines have been grown on this spot. A descendant of Jean-Baptiste Colbert now produces the Flaugergues wine.

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Founded: 1696-1741
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in France

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CLIVE WILKINS (50 days ago)
Very pleasant garden and helpful staff.
Motorhome Quest (15 months ago)
Website not properly updated to reflect opening times and what is available. We arrived in the morning and were told we have to wait until the afternoon in order to go into the castle, and only with a guide. We did not want to waste a whole day here so left. The gardens would not have held our attention for 4 hours.
Yana Vorushylo (15 months ago)
Very nice family vineyard, with a lot of green gardens, well maintained. Relaxing and enjoyable to walk. The wine tour itself gives you a good introduction and understandable explanation into wine production and characteristics of the region. The personnel is very friendly and nice! We finished on a (of course) "tasty" wine tasting, to put our new knowledge into practice. Very recommended!
Thomas Lund (2 years ago)
I would give this place a pass if you are only in Montpellier for a short time. We went on a Sunday and seemed to be the only people there. We started with a tasting which felt rushed and the wines were just okay. After that we walked through the gardens which certainly do not support the 7€/person price tag. Overall nothing was bad but the whole experience is not something I would do again.
Olivia Lodise (2 years ago)
Organized my sister's wedding reception here. Everyone was wonderful to work with. They were very communicative and easy-going, but also organized. The castle family owners own and work the restaurant, constantly interacting with their guests. The food was delicious, unique, and beautiful presented. The pictures throughout the grounds were stunning. The castle was unique and very interesting to tour, although it it smaller than the stereotypical castles. The wines were wonderful, with lots of flavors and tanins in various ones. The winery was interesting to tour and to see everything up close, especially with the wine tasting afterwards. There are not many options for the wine tasting, but the selections give you the opportunity compare tastes well. There are also world-renowned art pieces in the castle that would will never see elsewhere. There is history there you will struggle to find anywhere else. The people are very nice. There is also a sweet dog on the premise who will bring you tennis balls to throw so that she can play fetch with all the guest. I strongly recommend stopping by, even if only for lunch on a Wednesday.
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