Château de Saint-Béat

Saint-Béat, France

Château de Saint-Béat dates from the 12th century. It was enlarged by Henri IV (1553 – 1610). Rulers rarely lived in Saint-Béat; the castle was occupied by captains until the 16th century. In 1588, the Parlement of Toulouse passed a law that required the inhabitants of Melles, Argut and Arlos by turns to guard the castle, subject to a fine of 500 écus. The castle never had to repel invasions, though its strategic position close to the Spanish border led to it being described as 'la clef de France' (the key to France).

The castle was surrounded by two enceintes. The keep measures 5m square and had two storeys. The castle provides views over the village and the Garonne valley.



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Founded: 12th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in France
Historical period: Late Capetians (France)

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Maaike B (12 months ago)
We had a wonderful week with Yvette and her team. Extremely hospitable and service-oriented. Beautiful view from your own outdoor kitchen. Lots of help with booking activities (canyoning and canoe rafting) and also with booking a restaurant (l'Oberge d'Arlos - the largest and tastiest steak de boeuf ever). We were there with two other families so it is wonderfully small-scale. The chateau is definitely recommended with teenagers!
Karin Visscher (2 years ago)
What a great place this was, beautiful castle, stylishly decorated an atmospheric place to stay!! Yvette and Arné have a great B&B that was and is really worth a visit!! Their tremendous hospitality and warm welcome made us feel like home. Yvette and Arné, thank you for the great time we had with you and for the nice conversations we had with each other, not to mention the great tips Yvette for our outing in the area! In addition, we had a super delicious meal, you can really taste that Yvette has a passion for cooking. If we're ever in the area again, we'll definitely go back! Love Ab and Karin
Rokki Dakar18 (3 years ago)
Cécile ARNOLD (3 years ago)
A very beautiful castle very well restored, a top welcome as well as the meals. It is also possible to cook outside, each room having its place with fridge, hotplate and crockery. The pool area is also very pleasant. The rooms are well renovated, the beds are good. For me, only one downside: we had a room facing the road with a lot of trucks and we did not have a window that opened in our bed nook.
Karen Kommer-de Graaff (3 years ago)
Love this place! Warm welcome! So much to enjoy, to see, to do here in the beautiful mountains, Les Pyrénées. We have spend our holidays off season a couple of times as a(n) (extended) family here at super friendly owners Yvette and Arné place. We enjoyed every moment whether it was for Yvette s cooking skills, hike in the mountains, skiing day, rafting, balnea therapy (Loudenviel) or any other day just relaxing by the pool or in the garden (there is just so much to do!). Next dream is to have a big gathering with friends there. A la prochaine!
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