Château de Castanet

Pourcharesses, France

Château de Castanet was built in the 16th century in Pourcharesses near Villefort. The territory of Castanet has its origin in the name (chestnut) in the language Occitan. It is the most common tree in the territory. The castle is next to the lake of Villefort, an artificial lake created behind the Villefort's dam, who went bankrupt destroy the castle.

The castle was built in 1578 by Jacques Isarn, a noble of Villefort. This family continued to grow in importance until marriage to a descendant with Marie-Suzanne de Varicourt, nourish and savior of the future King of France Louis XV. This évent led the family to move to Versailles.

The castle was sold in 1760 and after the emigration of the last owner, it will be sold as a national asset during the French Revolution. After that, the castle belonged to farmers.

In 1962, the national company 'Electricité de France' decided to build a dam in the valley. So it expropriated the last owners and planned to destroy the castle but the villagers revolted and entered the castle to make an Inventory of Historicals Monuments. In 2000, a terrible fire destroyed the castle but it was fully restored. The castle provides the setting for exhibitions for the summer period.



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Leda Harmicar (14 months ago)
Only open for the season, but even taking a walk around it and enjoying the view of the river is amazing. Lots of other interesting sites in the surrounding area too so don't hesitate to make it your trip destination.
Nimes Photo Jacques VAZQUEZ (14 months ago)
Arrivés début mars dans les Cévennes, hors saison donc, nous sommes resté dehors car le château était fermé. Le barrage a été un peu vidé si bien que les berges avaient une allure de science fiction. L'été, l'eau remonte jusqu'au pied du château et il se visite.
Veronique Guilluy (15 months ago)
Très bon conseils. Bonne écoute. Personnel très compétent.
Yamina Mimoun (2 years ago)
Superbe lieu château datant du 12 ème siècles ouvert en juillet et août pour le visiter et vous pouvez vous détendre faire des promenades c'est très verdoyant...
Marzena Kaczmarska (2 years ago)
A very nice spot for a picnic, fishing or white water kayaking. There's also a via ferrata across the lake. A small parking space for campers and buses by the road (quiet). Cars have many parking options.
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