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Le chateau d'Essalois, Chambles

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The Château d'Essalois is a restored castle in the commune of Chambles in the Loire département of France, overlooking a dammed portion of the Loire River, Lake Grangent.HistorySite of ancient occupationThe castle stands on a natural strategic strong point, inhabited by mankind since time immemorial. The very important Gallic oppidum (occupied by the SégusiaviSégusiavi from 170BC to 25BC) extended for 500m behind the castle in a place known as "le palais" (the palace). The remains of the oppidum walls are buried by broom. Finds of amphoras and coins during the archaeological excavations carried out by Preynat revealed the existence of an important wine trade with Italy, before the Roman occupation.Unknown originThe oldest documents mentioning the castle are from the 14th century. The puy (hill) of Essalois is quoted in charters from 1337 onwards, variously named Podium deysaluym, Mons deysaluym and Suc du Pré.In 1378, Arthaud de Villedieu paid homage to the Count of Forez for the house and the tower of Essalois which oversaw the Loire.In 1464, the tower of Essalois belonged to Beraud de la Bâtie.So far, the vestiges of this early construction have not been identified.
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  • Very nice view on the Gorge since the Castle but the latter has nothing exceptional visit made in 15 min
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  • Very friendly staff. Excellent meal. No complaints to make. Everything was perfect. We took of the Ling it was very good. Very clean restaurant and very perfect setting is beautiful. The boss and the boss are very friendly. I would recommend this hostel. Thank you for your welcome
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  • We quickly made the turn but nice for the nice views of the Gorge of the Loire. Pity that the castle is in poor condition, the outside is nice but inside nothing to do.
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  • A nice walk in the open air for the family. Large car park. Walk fast and easy if you go straight to the Castle but a little longer, hard and stony if you go by the left. What cool off on arrival and eat a snack.
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  • A beautiful setting. A view of the great dam. Ideal for a family walk.
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  • Very nice site with a castle under renovation. Beautiful view on the river Loire and the surrounding area...
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  • Very nice site of beautiful strolling paths a little then cliffs with strollers or hard chairs
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