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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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Chateau de La Roche Reviews
sabrrotaAugust 17, 2017
Veramente molto bello e ben tenuto. Dall'esterno fa una bellissima impressione. Interessante la scelta di fotografare i mobili e riprodurli a grandezza naturale, in pratica al posto dei mobili veri ci... more »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
natalia19742011August 16, 2017
Маленький замок.....впрочем изначально это не было замком. все достраивалось постепенно. интересная история. Можно посещать и с гидом и без. С гидом интересней конечно, детям понравились говорящие пор... more »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.
Perrine WAugust 13, 2017
Endroit très joli que l'on ne se lasse pas de photographier sous tous les angles. Nous avons fait la visite saisonnière pour les enfants (jusque 8 ans, uniquement le dimanche à 17h30 sur réservation) ... more »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.
Philippe MatrayAugust 24, 2017Home: 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.
Cyril PelletAugust 10, 2017Welcome and service not great. Very disappointed with the quality of the dishes served. I'm not sure go back...
Mickael RodriguezAugust 12, 2017Frog legs are excellent and we were very well received by the recommended .booking waitress.
Veronique LombarteAugust 6, 2017Still good but the frogs and the Bill were too salty. Staff at the top
Genevieve RabutJuly 14, 2017Well located restaurant pleasant with good Castle view kitchen a little too rich. Friendly staff
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