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Chateau de Montbrun, Dournazac

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The Château de Montbrun is a castle in the commune of Dournazac in the Haute-Vienne département of France. The castle was built in the 12th and 15th centuries, and was restored in the late 19th.The castle stands within a deep valley. Built in the 12th century, its function was to defend the borders of the Duchy of Aquitaine. Though rebuilt in the 15th century, it still has the moat, high walls and a square keep topped with machicolations.Montbrun is a fine example of a 15th-century castle. In plan rectangular, it is flanked in the corners with round towers and protected by water. Its narrow romanesque keep, 40m square, close up against one of the towers, gives it a strange appearance.HistoryThe castle was built in 1179 by Aymeric Bruni on his return from the Second Crusade. The Brun family,, remained owners until 1516. At the start of the Hundred Years' War, the castle was occupied by the English. It was retaken by the French in 1353. At the end of the century it was taken again by the English and partially destroyed. Between 1433 and 1438, square towers were replaced with round towers and the castle took on its present form.
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  • At the time we were there the chateau was only open from Thursday at the weekends. We visited the La Taverna across the road for a three course lunch and booked our tour from there. The lunch was very...  more »
  • A magnificent chateau, but it is crucial to book with Brian the extremely knowledgeable English and French speaking (Scottish origin!) guide, who was fortunately already booked to take a French family...  more »
  • We stayed in Dournazac at la Maison Blanche. The Chateau is unique and a modern allegory of Adam and Eve. The taverne opposite is suberb and very good value. There is a bus that goes once a day form t...  more »
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  • Amazing castle (which is at the moment for sale) which you can tour. Just go to the tavern next to it to buy tickets for the tour. A charming Scottish man will take you around and through the castle with loads of good stories. Really a nice place to go if you can spare an hour or two!
  • Definitely worth a visit.
  • Very good tour guide. Enjoyed our visit!
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  • visit from the outside and moving is the detour.c' is simply beautiful and peaceful in full face nature.en there is the tavern to purchase tickets there are also concerts
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