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

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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  • Visit to the Castle after a meal frog just in front. Guide very nice and well engaging visitors. No furniture because of the floodplain. Discover
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  • Restaurant especially renowned for his frog legs and his frying. Restaurant with your family on 18 August 2017. We chose fried frog legs, white (of a nearby farm), cream cheese cake chicken livers broth of tomatoes, burned. Grilled frogs wish we have charmed the taste buds. Friendly and efficient staff despite the affluence of the place. Whenever we came we were happy.
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  • 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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