On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday from 2:30pm to 5:30pm
At the borders with the Périgord, Villebois-Lavalette is a charming village listed as a 'Petite Cité de Caractère' ('Small town with character').
On top of the Puy Sanseau hill, the thousand years old castle overviews a vast rolling plain.
In addition to its famous owners, the castle welcomed several Kings of France throughout the centuries... Henri IV of France came here in 1586 (May 9th and 10th), on his way to access to the royal throne. His son, Louis XIII, stayed here in December 28th,1615, after he married Ann of Austria in Bordeaux. He was welcomed by the Duke of Épernon.
In 1980, this old castle is invaded by ivy, bramble and time. An action is engaged to restore the fortress, during 18 years.
In 2000 the castle is for sale: M. Norbert FRADIN, a Bordelais real estate entrepreneur and patron who is a heritage enthusiast, falls in love with this monument and buys it. He restores the castle to give back its past glory.
Its impressive ramparts, flanked with seven watchtowers, protect an exceptional site, revealed by renovations and archaeological excavations: old 12th century room, Romanesque church, vast lower courtyard...
Guided or self tours (with booklet), as well as cultural events make the castle lively all year round.
All of this may please children and grown ups, as well as History enthusiasts.
Don't hesisate to visit the village and its covered Market Place, its Ursulines Convent... in the centre town.
Guided tours of the village are also possible by request, please ask the association (2,50€, reduced price 1,50€).
The guided tours are in French only, but an English translation booklet is available.
No tours on August 26th.