This winter instead of hitting the Alps and going for a skiing trip, like most of my friends did, I decided for a trip around the Villeneuve-Lembron area in central France, and boy did I make the right call. It didn’t take me long to discover that this area holds the Chateau de Villeneuve-Lembron, over 500 years old chateau which was the home to many French kings over the centuries.
Chateau de Villeneuve-Lembron – my latest discovery in the heart of France
This chateau is very old, as I have already mentioned, and it’s also relatively small. I heard some folks call it a mannor house, instead of a chateau, which tend to be a bit bigger. Chateau de Villeneuve-Lembron was built sometime between the 15th and 16th century. It was built by Rigaud d’Aurelie, Baron of Villeneuve. The baron was close to the royal family, so much so that he has been known to go on diplomatic missions.
In the original, the main building of the chateau was built in a square, with a tower on each of its corners. Over the years, one of the towers collapsed and now there are only 3 standing. Over the years the chateau has changed many owners, and is currently owned by the state. Chateau is maintained and inside of it is decorated with paintings, artifacts from the chateau history and you can visit it, walk around, soak it all in. Visit the website above to find out when the chateau is opened for visits.