Visit this castle while staying in our rental houses
Castelnaud aka Castelnau - the new castle - was supposedly build during the 12th century. Owned by the cathare lord Bernard de Casnac at the beginning of the 13th century, we was taken by Simon de Montfort in 1214, during the crusade against the Albigeois. A new castle was then build. The keep and the curtain wall were dated to this period.
During the so-called hundred years' war, the castle was often taken by the British. The French win the battle of 1442 after a siege ordered by the king Charles VII, the castle won't be taken back since then.
The castle is visible from the hill where our rental accommodations are situated.
During the 17th century, the castle was rarely occupied. Abandoned at the revolution, he kept getting damaged. Its stones were stolen to be used for other constructions during the 19th century.
Listed as National Heritage (monument national) in 1966, he has since then being restored and hosts since 1985 the middle-age war museum.
Parallel to its restoration, it was decided to stage-manage a besieged castle and to build original life-sized war weapons. Since all of these artillery weapons where built out of wood, none of them remained past a few centuries. Only the written sources in books, sketches and military engineering drawing collection such as the ones from Villard de Honnecourt ou Konrad Keyser dated to the 18th century allowed their building
This castle is situated 1Km away from our holiday accommodations in south France. It is particularly appreciated for its entertainment and interactivity. Children and parents will be fascinated by the war weapons and the several reconstitutions.
Child (10 to 17): 8.40€