This incomplete attempted construction of Versailles in Charente, impressive project of the Réthoré brothers is located about 20 km away from Angoulême.
The castle stands next to a manor house from the 19th century. Its large and intricate façade, 220 meters wide and 15 meters high is visible from quite a long distance.
Raymond and Alphonse Réthoré settled into the Château de La Mercerie in 1924 in the small manor located at the extreme left of the frontage of the current building.
In the Thirties, the two brothers unterdook the enlarging of the castle. From 1930 to 1970, the construction of the building and the accumulation of treasures, such as painting of Italian Masters, marbles, woodworks and sculptures, became the main occupations of the two brothers. The collections are scattered during auction sales in June 1987.
The neoclassical arches and Doric columns are attached onto the manor house in pure Versailles style.
Get off the beaten track for a while and take time to visit these sumptuous rooms, mahogany floors, frescoed ceilings and respendent garden.
The castle's belvedere allows you to admire it from a height. In the castle park, the rose garden and the arboretum can be visited by small train.
The reception telephone operates from 2pm to 6:30pm from Sunday to Friday until November 1st.
The castle can be visited from Sunday to Friday, every afternoon, guided tours start at 2:30pm and 4pm. Free visit of the castle's park only : 2€.
Guided tours in English are possible every Tuesday afternoon, at 2:30pm and 4pm.
The castle can be privatised: it will be closed on June 26 to 28 and on August 15 and 16.
The park closes at 6:30 pm.
The entrance to the site is at the reception farm, at the back of the car park.
No reservation for individual visits or small groups of less than 15 people, reservation only for groups of more than 20 people.
Closed on Saturdays, except for group visits.