Chateau de La Roche, Saint-Priest-la-Roche

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The Château de La Roche is a restored castle situated in the commune of Saint-Priest-la-Roche in the Loire département of France, 20 km from Roanne. The castle stands on an island in the lake formed by the Villerest dam.HistoryThe earliest written records of the castle date from 1260. It was built on a rocky platform overlooking the Loire river from a height of 30 metres. The fortress allowed a watch to be kept and tolls to be collected for the County of Forez border. The building suffered floods from the Loire more often than attacks from enemies.In the 17th century, because of repetitive floods, the castle lost its attraction, resembling more and more a fortified house that would become a ruin in later centuries. At the end of the 1900s, an industrilaist from Roanne bought the castle and restored it in the Gothic style, intending it as a second home.During the 1930s, the construction project for the Villerest dam by EDF condemned the château to disappear below the water. The structure degraded very quickly and was subject to numerous acts of vandalism. It was finally bought for a symbolic one franc by the commune.During the construction of the dam in 1984, the château was the only building spared by the waters. It is now situated on an island. In 1996, it was entirely restored and the side facing the water was remodelled to permit access throughout the year.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Really very nice and well maintained. From the outside, make a great impression. Interesting choice of photograph-sized furniture and reproduce them in practice instead of real furniture there are photos. At the time of ticket they give you audio guide, English, in order to follow by room the story of the owners of the Castle. Beautiful area, very relaxing. I recommend it
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  • August 16, 2017
    Small castle ... However this was not originally the Castle. all dostraivalos gradually. an interesting story. You can visit and guided and without. Of course, the interesting guided children liked talking portraits. Guide, a woman in a suit, tells on behalf of the owner is great! Furniture remained after flooding. A beautiful view.
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  • August 13, 2017
    Very nice place that we never tire of photographing every angle. We had the seasonal tour for children (up to 8 years, only on Sundays at 5:30 on booking) and my daughter loved. This is a participative, informative and divertissente that I recommend.
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  • August 24, 2017
    Home: graceful and his Orchestra. Frogs: old news I asked green salad instead of French fries: I was told that this was not possible. Service: nice young.
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  • August 10, 2017
    Welcome and service not great. Very disappointed with the quality of the dishes served. I'm not sure go back...
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  • August 12, 2017
    Frog legs are excellent and we were very well received by the recommended .booking waitress.
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  • August 6, 2017
    Still good but the frogs and the Bill were too salty. Staff at the top
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  • July 14, 2017
    Well located restaurant pleasant with good Castle view kitchen a little too rich. Friendly staff
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