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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.Use our Saint-Priest-la-Roche trip generator to visit Chateau de La Roche on your trip to Saint-Priest-la-Roche, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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I've seen the chateau only from the outside. It was worthing to drive! Chateau is small and very beautiful, it looks like someone put a model on the rock and water. more »
The castle from the outside looks real nice. But the tour inside was a letdown. There is literally nothing to see besides printed out pictures. more »
It was an advice from the hotel manager. A little castle placed on a rox´ck in the middle of the water. Really nice! more »
Augustin PirvuGood kitchen. View of dream. Terrace Lebanon Tavern
Gilbert MuthuonLocation: a beautiful, fabulous frogs, impeccable service and courteous, honest prices. To remember to return
Isabelle petit-jeanFriendly, attentive service! Despite the amount of customers! In addition, the dishes are tasty, hearty and a reasonable budget. possibility to leave with a caramels! I would recommend this property. Accessible PMR
Guillaume DepierreBeautiful view, excellent frogs. Aging rooms, prefer to be placed on the terrace.
Alexandre BWhat are good... The frogs
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