Château de Cambiaire was built in the 14th century in the town of Saint-Étienne-Vallée-Française. It is a quadrangular building with a round tower at three of its corners and a square tower at the northwest corner. It consists of three wings around a courtyard on the west side by a battlements surrounding wall pierced by a gate. The great crenellated tower, which dungeon office, is crowned on its summit terrace of a watchtower with a roof shaped pepper shakers. This square building built shale stone mixed with white quartz is the oldest. It has three levels, the first two date from the 14th century, the last level and the spiral staircase from a raising of the late 15th century.

This tower seems more ostentatious than most military as much as the castle was never the castle of Saint-Etienne. One of the ground pavement dwelling is probably contemporary dungeon. The others are the result of rearrangements of the modern era and those of the late nineteenth century and finally repairs arising out the 1944 fire. A park of chestnut trees and cedars surrounds the castle. There is a replica of the Lourdes grotto and a chapel dating back to 1875 in neo-Gothic style.

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Founded: 14th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in France
Historical period: Valois Dynasty and Hundred Year's War (France)

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mathilde dumas carriere (11 months ago)
Eric and Corinne welcomed us divinely! Their kindness and their availability particularly touched us. They are doing a remarkable job to restore the castle with taste. Thank you for sharing your passion for the history of Château de Cambiaire with us! And for accepting our little three-legged friend! We will come back with pleasure. Mathilde&Martial
Rey Matthieu (11 months ago)
Magnificent place, soothing and perfectly renovated by friendly and caring owners. We had a superb room and the vegan meals were excellent and plentiful. A very good moment.
Sylvie ESTEBAN (2 years ago)
An atypical place and inhabited in every sense of the word. Very nice catering, very comfortable room, candlelit meal conducive to conversations with other hikers. Thank you for the welcoming !
Jason Kruger (2 years ago)
Eric is so welcoming, he allowed us free roam of the Chateau. Absolutely breath taking place. It's everything you would expect and so much more
Marie Lefevre (2 years ago)
Very pleasant stay, the places are magnificent. The meal at the table d'hôte was very good. The tavern to end the evening gently next to the fireplace and also very nice. Small flat: the incandescent bulbs which make the living room impossible to work and the bathroom impossible to heat properly to be able to enjoy a bath. We appreciate the calm and the beauty of the place, it is certain that we will come back on our next vacation.
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