Many years ago on a holiday with my parents to the Dordogne we had a trip to the Chateau as it had a similar name to ours. Hence the myth that it was our old family pile.
The Chateau de VAL is one of the best conserved and one of the most remarkable castles in the « Haute-Auvergne ». This imposing fortress is flanked by six, machicolated towers with pepper-pot turrets, the different roofs of which give VAL an original combination of colours. The XV century gothic chapel (a historical monument) in the main courtyard is dedicated to Saint-Blaise. We enter the castle through an iron-banded door, the spandrel of which is decorated with a bas-relief of the fleur-de-lys arms of the d’Estaing family. A spiral staircase from a vestibule reaches the upper floors, which was originally an open courtyard.
I hope to call in again this August (2005) on the way through the area from the Med to home.