Château du Bousquet

Montpeyroux, France

Château du Bousquet was built in the 14th century. Today it hosts a museum of ancient art from the Middle Ages to the present day. The castle has very well-preserved sample of late medieval architecture (furnished interior, furniture, objects, paintings).

The castle, which belonged for four centuries to the Roquefeuil-Blanquefort family, comprises six towers (two hexagonal in the middle of the two front and rear facades, four rounds at each corner). The central tower of the south facade, which contains the staircase is pierced on the ground floor of a radiating Gothic door. The typically feudal and defensive character of the castle is somewhat mitigated by the existence of later windows on the three floors. The defensive system which surrounded it (enclosure, ditch, fortifications) disappeared, replaced by two wings in the 17th century. Inside, the ground floor has kept its kitchen intact, with the mesh stage where the musicians were based. The chapel retains a decoration painted by Debert in 1709.

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Founded: 14th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in France

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daniel Debouche (2 years ago)
Le château est superbe mais pas le guide.
alain tyack (2 years ago)
Accueil chaleureux suivi d'une visite très intéressante guidée par un propriétaire sympathique.
Laura Blankenship (2 years ago)
A wonderful old castle in a charming small town. It was closed when we went and reopens in February but was lovely to walk around.
Patrick Mahier (2 years ago)
Très beau château, la route pour y aller vaut le détour
Anne Onyme (2 years ago)
Authentique ! Le château du Bousquet en impose que ce soit de l'extérieur ou de l'intérieur. Le guide/propriétaire des lieus est plein d'humour et très accueillant.
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