Roquetaillade, Gironde

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The Château de Roquetaillade is a castle in Mazères (near Bordeaux), in the French département of Gironde.HistoryCharlemagne, on his way to the Pyrenees with Roland, built the first fortification there. Of this old castle, nothing remains but imposing ruins.In 1306, with the permission of the English King Edward I, Cardinal de la Mothe, nephew of Pope Clement V built a second fortress (le Château Neuf).This new castle was square in plan with six towers and a central keep. The entire structure was restored and transformed by Viollet-le-Duc and one of his pupils, Duthoit, between 1860 and 1870. The extraordinary interior decorations, with its furnishings and paintings, were created by Viollet-le-Duc and are listed as French Heritage.The château park includes remains of the medieval curtain wall with the barbican, the Pesquey stream and its banks, the 19th century chalet, and the Crampet pigeon loft.It has been listed since 1976 as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture and is open to the public.TodayThe castle has been lived in by the same family for over 700 years. It has been open to the public since 1956 and is the most visited in the Bordeaux region. Open all year round, visits in English with the owners are also possible.
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  • This incredibly preserved castle is an absolute gem. The same family has lived there for over 700 years, and Sebastian, one of the current generation, gave us a magical tour of the castle interior, gr...  more »
  • If you want to see a real castle then visit this Chateau. It has a marvellous history, fittingly conveyed by our guide, who is a member of the family living in it today. Each room revealed something n...  more »
  • History comes alive in this chateau, where so many generations have left their mark. Thanks to the knowledge of our guide Sebastian we were allowed to get a glimpse into their daily lifes. The upkeep ...  more »
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  • Great Experience. Guide was phenomenal and very charismatic
  • This is one of my favorite castles! I loved our tour, and thought the grounds were beautiful.
  • Fine example of an older castle/fort. Excellent guided tours.
  • The Château and surrounding grounds are beautifully maintained and cared for. It was one of the best Château tours we experienced in Southern France. Couldn't take pictures of the interior though.
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