Chateau de Tournoel, Volvic

The Château de Tournoël is a medieval fortified castle partly in ruins in the commune of Volvic, in the Puy-de-Dôme département of France. The castle is located on a rocky mountain spur at an altitude of 594 m in the foothills of the Puy de la Bannière which dominates the Limagne plains (about 350 m altitude above the level of Riom).The Château de Tournoël is privately owned and has been listed as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture since 1889.Strategic locationThe castle, by dominating the Limagne plains, watched over the surroundings of the “bonne ville” of Riom which was the commercial and legal capital city of the Basse-Auvergne, and the royal Mozac Abbey. Therefore, Tournoël was, within a radius of 5 km, a seigniorial anti-establishment in this group of three consular, royal and religious powers.Its isolation on this volcanic overhang also ensured a better safety in case of withdrawal. Moreover, the castle was known to be “unassailable” or “impregnable, defended on the outside by extremely high slopes, very deep valleys, multiple towers and walls, filled with armed men and supplies” as described by William the Breton at the beginning of the 13th century.HistoryBertrand of TournoëlThe castle’s early background is unknown because no document exists before the 11th century. The first documented owner of Tournoël dates back to between 1076 and 1096 and is in a document kept in the regional archives of the Puy-de-Dôme. In this certificate, Bertrannus (Bertrand in French), Lord of “Tournoile” (toponym at that time), had taken the church of Cébazat that he gave back to the cathedral chapter of Clermont.
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  • September 20, 2017
    A completely restored Castle which the happy owners are personally bring their touch has the visit. A real treat! Not to miss in any cabinet of curiosity!
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  • September 18, 2017
    What a beautiful place. That work to restore what was still a ruin 15 years ago. What a great meeting with its exciting passionate owner who dream big and small. Hats off.
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  • September 18, 2017
    Wonderful visit of a beautiful very well-restored castle tour very well make again when it gets ☀️
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  • July 13, 2016
    Amazing view, pretty château. You have to take a guided tour which is 8 euros for adults and 3 for children or students.
  • July 22, 2016
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  • August 13, 2017
    A Castle located on a point culminating with a restoration of quality with excellent comment. Tour of an hour, sufficient to make the tour of all the pieces, and acceptable for children. Even if access is doable for anyone age predict walking shoe and leave strollers in the trunk. A hostel located 2 steps, with amazing view will accompany your visit.
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  • August 13, 2017
    The most beautiful castle I did visit! The castle is very well restored (even if it may seem incredible for purists), but we enjoyed it's not to be taken for cows to milk: contact the owner, guided by small children / family, small anecdotes, explanations that come from the heart, very nice surprising personal collections, words to the children... Really a great experience! Thank you
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  • August 12, 2017
    Visit rendered interesting by the guide. Great view from this castle under renovation. Too crowded however by tour group not allowing to enjoy.
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