Château de Launac

Launac, France

Château de Launac was built by the viscounts of Gimoes in the 12th century. In 1148 the castle passed into the house of Isle Jourdain. Dismantled after the Treaty of Paris in 1229, the fortress was rebuilt in the fifteenth century by Carmaing Nègrepelisse. It consisted of four corner towers including an old keep from the twelfth century. 

This castle was undoubtedly again dismantled by Cardinal Richelieu under the reign of Louis XIII. Today two wings remain. Inside the castle is a monumental fireplace and painted decorations from the XVth century.



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Founded: 12th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in France
Historical period: Birth of Capetian dynasty (France)

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Varvara Babei (14 months ago)
Beautiful exterior of this castle and its park. Some lovely rooms and decor downstairs. And perfect photoshoot opportunities. However don't expect private hotel rooms upstairs to stay at as the sleeping arrangements are rather open, with guests sharing a couple of bathrooms and with no proper doors separating the rooms. A medieval youth hostel kinda feeling.
Rhys Jervis-Denison (2 years ago)
We had the best weekend of our lives here at château de Launac. Valérie and Didier were so friendly and welcoming. It’s amazing how you can feel so at home in such a magnificent castle! Valérie helped us so much in the organisation, giving us suggestions for all types of suppliers but we had total freedom to organise the wedding in a way that was exactly what we wanted. During the wedding they were helpful and always available but gave us privacy and let us get on with it. The château is full of character, not your typical French château, with so many quirks and interesting features. It’s also perfectly located, only 20-25 minutes from the airport but you feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere. Nous avons passé le meilleur week-end de nos vies à château de Launac pour notre mariage. Valérie et Didier nous ont accueilli et nous ont fait senti chez nous. Endroit nous a donné l’opportunité d’organiser le mariage qu’on voulait en choisissant notre propre prestataires (avec une liste de prestataires très utile que Valérie nous a donné). Merci Valérie et Didier pour le mariage de nos rêves !
Tom Kendrick (2 years ago)
Was and awesome wedding venue for our munched loved friends.
Phil Goulden (2 years ago)
Attended a wedding here, a stunning location with super staff. Highly recommended.
Stinee1 (2 years ago)
Went here for a wedding. It was magical.
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