Les Chateaux

La Rochefoucauld

The town takes its name from the large chateau above the village, overlooking the river Tardoire, which is partially open to the public. Owned by the same family for 1,000 years, it is also still inhabited by the Duke and Duchess.

http://www.chateau-la-rochefoucauld.com/

There are several restaurants and cafes in the town, and an exceptional chocolatier just below the chateau.

http://chocolateriedantan.com/en/#Boutique

Before you leave, why not have a wander around the Palais de l'Automobile, a free museum and dealer in classic cars.

http://www.palais-automobile.com/

Verteuil-sur-Charente

The Chateau of Verteuil overlooks the small town and the river Charente.

Built in the XI century by the family of La Rochefoucauld, it has undergone many changes over the centuries, but remains the home a branch of the original  family.

The pretty town with its medieval alleys is worth a stroll, including the magnificent watermill at the foot of the chateau. End your visit with refreshments on the banks of the Charente.

http://www.ruffecois-tourisme.com/decouvrir/visites-et-decouvertes/patrimoine/chateaux-et-logis/

Rochechouart

The château de Rochechouart is situated on  a crater that was created by the impact of a meteorite. Impactite (earth’s rocks and stones that are altered by the meteorite’s impact) have been incorporated into the construction of the château.

The buildings that are visible today date predominantly from the 15th century with an interior courtyard and elegant Renaissance gallery. The oldest part, including the fortified entrance and the keep, date from the 13th century.

The chateau is now home to a museum of contemporary art, making it possible for the general public to enjoy permanent access to this outstanding heritage building.

Chateau Rochechouart is part of the Richard the Lionheart Route.

https://www.musee-rochechouart.com/index.php/fr/

http://www.routerichardcoeurdelion.com/