Chateau de Vayres, Vayres

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The Château de Vayres is a medieval castle, located on the banks of the Dordogne River, located in the commune of Vayres, in the Gironde Department of France, near the city of Bordeaux. The château de Vayres was rebuilt during the Renaissance, and again in 1700. It is classified as an official historical landmark of France, and the gardens are listed as among the Notable Gardens of France by the Committee of Parks and Gardens of the French Ministry of Culture,
The castle is located on a point dominating the Dordogne River. Excavations found pottery ovens, indicating that the site had a large population in Gallo-Roman times, and that there was a wooden fort on the site, and later a Gallo-Roman oppidum, or fortress.
The castle was built in the 11th century to protect the city of Bordeux. It was made of stone and surrounded by a wooden palisade, as attested in a manuscript dated 1092. Nothing remains of the original structure.
In 1288 the chateau and lands were given as a dowry to Amanieu VII d'Albret, who became the seigneur des Vayres. He strengthened the chateau with a new tower, Tour du Moulin. The chateau remained in his family for three hundred years, until the time of King Henry IV.
Beginning in 1326 Bérard d’Albret took the side of England in the struggle for control of the region. He received financial support from King Eward II of England, and turned the castle into a large fortress. From that period, the donjon, the entry and the moats, now dry, still remain.
The château was badly damaged during the Hundred Years War. During the 14th century, its successive owners switched back and forth between the French and English side. The castle was seized in retaliation and given to different nobles, including Gaston de Foix, and another branch of the d'Albret family. In 1499 it was given by marriage to Cesar Borgia, whose daughter then restored it to the Henri d'Albret. the king of Navarre and the grandfather of the future King of France, Henry IV, in 1535.
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  • Don't hesitate to visit this private castle. The guided tours at 3pm and 5pm are culturally enriching. Our 6.5 year old girl loved it very much. The chapel with the whispers, as well as the explanations of the guide will make you find the visit short.
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  • I highly recommend a guided tour of this castle. The outside is beautiful especially the view from the banks of the Dordogne on this very sunny day. The French-style riverside park is very pleasant, as is the herb garden. The tour of the interior is made by a passionate guide, who retraces very well the history of the site and provides very interesting anecdotes. In short a pleasant surprise.
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  • We came to participate in the Easter egg hunt with our 2 and 5 year olds. The games were not at all adapted to their ages and located in a garden very dangerous for them. At the top of the steps with a drop of more than 2 meters possible, Garonne at the end of the garden... no better to lose the children! It's hard to keep an eye on them with the games we're asked to participate in. We paid 25 euros and left after 30 minutes without chocolate
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  • Very quiet on a Friday afternoon, with a private guided tour. Check schedule for tours. Opens at 2pm, but first guided tour starts only at 3pm. You can walk around for 30 mins, but then you've seen everything. The guided tour is okay, but the guide wasn't that passionate unfortunately, and came across a bit junior. Almost nothing inside really belongs there or is of any significance, hence why the guide didn't have much interesting to say. Nonetheless a beautiful castle, but lacks in exciting stories.
  • Well worth spending an hour or two here, also nice restaurant close to the entrance.
  • Not bad, I advise it is worth the detour
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  • Private and inhabited place of heritage, visitable at an affordable price. The furniture and tapestries acquired by the owner are of period and are worth the detour. The renovations carried out are faithful to the place and highlight the authentic elements: carved ramps, painted ceilings, paneling,... The guides are intarable on the history of the place and quite friendly.
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  • A very nice place and a great firework!
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