Château de Puissalicon

Puissalicon, France

Château de Puissalicon was built in the 11th century. Two imposing towers lies over the dungeon which is now in ruins. The castle is privately owned, but can be visited in part during the Heritage Days in September.

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Founded: 11th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in France
Historical period: Birth of Capetian dynasty (France)

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4.4/5 (based on Google user reviews)

User Reviews

Erich Johnson (12 months ago)
We arrived just after sunset, but even then you could tell we were in a spectacular location. Upon arrival we were greeted by a very friendly reception staff, and were immediately made comfortable. The presentation/staging of the room was perfect and they even had an electric heater brought just in case we got cold. Being Canadian, we were fine! We then had a great prix fixe dinner with impeccably presented and delicious food. The foie gras with figue tartinade was amazing. Also, very reasonably priced. When we woke up, we quickly realised that we were surrounded by vineyards and, well, more castles. Overall a great experience and already planning our next stay.
David Barnes (2 years ago)
A beautiful setting, lovely landscape. Very friendly service. Good food.
Ellie Gomperts (2 years ago)
Had a wonderful spa experience here today. Frankly one of the nicest spa’s I’ve been to in Europe. What makes it this good? The tasteful, chic and well thought out decor, the staff, both highly professional and genuinely friendly, the quality of the treatments, not to mention the tranquil surroundings amidst the vineyards. Looking forward to returning here shortly.
teal druda (2 years ago)
Beautiful location, amazing customer service....will go back next time in town!
Ruby Casey (4 years ago)
We loved every minute of our time at this newly renovated Chateau (the younger sister of the equally stunning Chateau Les Carrasses). The combination of St Pierre's setting - with views of vineyards as far as the eye can see, an amazing spa, great food & wine, and a truly beautiful wine cellar, this place ticked every box for us. Very friendly and helpful staff too. When we return to France again, we will definitely be returning here! Thank you for such a great time.
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