I didn't realize that the Castle wasn't open for visitors but it didn't matter, by that time I had already visited the castles at Chillon and Gruyeres in Switzerland and I wasn't really interested in visiting another.
The castle garden, the Garden of the Five Senses (Jardin des Cinq Sens) is open however, we decided not to visit but you can see all the pertinent information on the attached website.
The Castle dates back to the 14th century, was set on fire and sat roofless for a few hundred years. The Bouvier family has owned the Chateau since the 17th century and has not opened it to the public but they did transform the former vegetable garden into the Garden of Five Senses back in the 1980s, based on the enclosed gardens that existed in medieval times (thanks to BwanaBrown for that information).
To get a nice photograph of the exterior of the Chateau, go down to the lakefront and walk out on the dock. The walk down to the lakefront is a little steep but the view is definitely worth it!
The castle was built between 1306 and 1311 by the count of Savoy, Amedee V, on an ancient fortified site and was enclosed by crenellated walls and protected by a moat and drawbridge.
In the 16th century, during the wars fought between the duke of Savoy and his enemies of the time,(the French, the Bernese and the Genevese), the castle was burned down and the ramparts enclosing the village stripped of their defences. Only the walls of the large rectangular dungeon survived, and were then partially rebuilt for habitation. The tower (which is visible on the right hand side) was built on to the south facing facade.
The Bouvier of Yvoire family have lived in this castle since 1655 and it is classified as an historic site.
It is not open to the public but still worth the visit just to admire it from the outside !!!!
The Castle of Yvoire was another interesting building we saw during our visit. It was built on an ancient fortified site between 1306 and 1311 by Amadeus V (count of Savoy) founder of Yvoire town. It was burnt down during 16th century during the conflicts of the local dukes.
The castle was protected by a moat, high walls and a drawbridge. Bouviers family occupied the castle since 1655. We just walked near the castle as it is not open to the public, it was late during our visit anyway but the empty streets around were very atmospheric… Hard to be missed anyway as it is located next to the lake.
You can also check the garden of the castle, it’s called Jardin des Cinq Sens(Garden of Five Senses), it’s open to the public with flora that existed in middle ages!