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

(3.9/5 based on 55+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Little resembling medieval castle perched on a Boulder in the middle of the lake formed by the dam of Villerest on the Loire. The site is nice because of its location with its bleachers turfed forming a sort of natural amphitheatre where you can admire the river and the Castle. It can be visited from mid-April (not yet made for me) but the site is accessible year-round. It is interesting to note the different lines of flood inscribed on the walls of the building and getting there when the level is low, we can then enjoy the "perched" situation of the castle on the rock.
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  • Very nice site especially we took advantage of the decline of the reservoir of the dam of Villerest to discover the vision of this castle of prior to 1984. The castle is small but full of charm.
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  • Place we don't bit nicer, beautiful site of the Castle and the gorges of the loire. Enjoy the summer and many night shows to visit with possibly the delicious frogs of the restaurant next door
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  • Location: a beautiful, fabulous frogs, impeccable service and courteous, honest prices. To remember to return
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  • Friendly, 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
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  • Beautiful view, excellent frogs. Aging rooms, prefer to be placed on the terrace.
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  • What are good... The frogs
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  • Super Frog legs...
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