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    Chateau de Tournoêl, Volvic

    by gwened Written Dec 18, 2014

    1 Rue des Remparts, 63530 Volvic at the famous spring of a famous bottle natural water of France; the best from Auvergne. It is a an elevation of 594 meters. I past by here and been up but not much meandering around just for the views after a road trip.

    Official site in French ; the Château de Tournoël starts by the year 1096 but not sure, then ghe family of Guy II has it from 1190. Here the castle belong to the old standing family of Auvergne, and Guy II, count of Auvergne lived here. He was always at war with his brother Robert bishop of Clermont. These wars ended with a siege of the castle in 1210 by the king Philippe Auguste of FRance that using the pretext of these disputes attacked the strongholds of the region.

    The castle became royal possession and keep it until Philippe le Bel exchange them for the possessions in the Limousin with the family of Maumont. It became then, property of the family of Apchon , la Roche, Montvallat, Naucaze,a and Chabrol. It is now the property of Claude and Bernadette Aguttes ,since 2000, that has opened it into a nice castle of Auvergne .

    It is open July and August from 1àh30-12H30 and 14H-18H
    You can visit with appointment any time with guided tours on every hour a must; admission adults is 8 euros

    More from the Volvic tourist office in English here
    http://www.volvic-tourisme.com/HTML/sites/chateau-tournoel_gb.htm

    below tower of Chateau de Tourno��l from high up to main tower of castle
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    Chateau de Cordes, Orcival

    by gwened Written Dec 18, 2014

    at Orcival and 900 meters high mountain town, the official site in French this is deep country need a car. Weekend may 30/31 and June 1 from 14H - 18H (garden ).June all sundays from 14h- 18h (garden ).July and August every day from 10H/12H and 14H/18H. You can see the inside 3 per day at 11H 14H30 ,and 16H. September 13/14 heritage days 14h and 18H (garden )admission is 4€ garden and 8 € garden and castle in July and August only; free for all under 16 yrs old.

    French garden style you go by two stairs on top of a tower, on each side of the central courtyard, each terrace has two identical gardens.These were done in 1695, by the owner marshal d’Allègre,who call a gardener name André Le Nôtre to design them!!. The castle is from the 15C and renovated in the 17C and 18C.

    nice to get here high over town and great views too. I past by here as family nearby second home, and just got me two old photos!

    Chateau de Cord��s the garden and etang at Chateau de Cord��s
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    Chateau de la Palice, Lapalisse

    by gwened Written Nov 13, 2014

    This is a nice castle in an area I go often for family reasons, this is about 25 kms from Vichy in Lapalisse. The castle is at Boulevard de l'Hôtel de ville, 03120 Lapalisse

    it was build around the 11C to 13C and came into the ownership of Roger de la Palice in 1230. It change hands until in 1429 Charles de Bourbon; defending the dukedom in absent of his father was made prisioner at the battle of Azincourt in 1430 ceding the castle and the royal rights of the de la Palice to Jacques Ier de Chabannes de La Palice, counselor and chamberlain of the king Charles VII. It was Jacques Ier de Chabannes who started the chapel of Saint-Léger before his death at the battle of Castillon in 1453.

    The castle stays in the same family even with drastic changes, Jacques II de Chabannes was killed in the battle of Pavie in 1525 ; his son, Charles, is also killed at the siege of Metz in 1552 without male descendants. In 1564,his oldest daughter, Éléonore married Just de Tournon, count of Roussillon, ambassador to Rome, that died in 1570, she remarries in 1571 with Philibert de la Guiche, Lord of Saint-Géran, grand master of the artillery of France. She died at Jaligny in 1595.

    From her first marriage she had two daughters , the oldest died in 1592. The youngest Anne de Tournon married in 1595, Jean-François de La Guiche, marshal of France, governor of the region of the Bourbonnais so it gets the lordship of the family La Guiche de Saint-Géran. She died in 1614 ,and her husband in 1632. At this time the feodal fortifications are destroyed and garden park à la française and the interior of the castle renovated.

    The story continues with many marriages and death, and the anecdote, that in September 1677, Madame de Sévigné came to visit the friend in the castle named Françoise de Warignies,that she call the good Saint Géran

    In 1731 the land and castle sold to François-Antoine de Chabannes, count of Chabannes-Pionsat, died quickly and the wife widow remarried the count of Narbonne that later died at the guillotine in 1793 at 71 years old; by testament he passed the property to his nephew Jean-Frédéric de Chabannes (1762-1836), marquis de Curton, count of Rochefort, Lord of Madic, that takes the title of marquis de Chabannes-La Palice. He was deputy of the royalty of Moulins on the Estates generals of 1789. He leave for exile same year to Naples, then Smyrna in 1790, and does missions by 1791 for the count of Artois in London (the brother of Louis XVI), and married in Turkey with Anna van Lennep (1765-1839), daughter of the Dutch factory chief of Smyrna and consul général of Netherlands in Anatole, Turkey. He became later aide de camp of king Louis XVIII (count of artois) from 1813 to 1814, disgraced in 1815, he writes against the charter and the new gouvernment and is exile then friend and enemy of king Louis-Philippe Ier , he was an inventor, mason and writer.

    The descendant of the Charbannes are still the owner of this castle today.
    You have the furnished rooms with wonderful historical tapestries representing Godefroi de Bouillon and Hector. Paintings of old and rare souvenirs historical such as an Anchor in gold, souvenir of Horatio Nelson, ricochet by a canon boulet that mortally wounded the admiral in the battle of Trafalgar,and this object was given to the castle by the French descendants by the granddaugher of admiral Parker.

    very nice indeed well done, and something unique to see in this volcanic land of Auvergne , this in the Allier dept No 03!

    Chateau de la Palice entrance arriving to castle long garden entrance inside room of warriors back of castle
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