- Cultural heritage -

Castle of Charmes

Description

In a calm and picturesque environment, in the heart of th Drôme des Collines, the castle built on its motte since the eleventh century, opens his doors. As a private and inhabited home, The castle kept its soul after being deserted for many years, inviting every visitor as a welcome host.

The Domaine and the Château de Charmes has a typical position of feudal constructions, overlooking the Herbasse Valley, to monitor and defend the territory. It was built in the 12th century on the site of a wooden tower and an enclosure built in the 10th century.
The building is a quadrilateral with two towers and two bartizans, the donjon was joined to the north facade. Its general appearance was a bit modified. The most important modifications are on the opening and on the roofs.

During the Renaissance, works were to transform the fortification in a pleasure castle " Château de Plaisance". Large mullion windows were created as well as doors on the ground floor. Interior fittings were undertaken.

During the 15th century, the inside of the castle was rearranged, especially the Louis XIV chimneys are installed on the noble floor and inside small appartements. In the large living room on the first floor, there is a magnificent chimney carved in the Mannerist Style.

During the 17th century, ponds were dug. The ponds and the romantic cave are supplied by a system for collecting and conveying water from a source.

During the 19th century, the neogothic style find its look in the north high wall. With walls that are almost two metres thick at the base and six metres deep in the ground, it can still defy the centuries.

Tour

Guided visits of the castle between July and september.

Tours languages

  • French

Grouped tour

Unguided group tours available permanently, Unguided group tours on request, Guided group tours on request

Characteristics

Sleeps

Groups size: maximum 25 people

Languages spoken

  • English
  • French

Payment methods

  •  Bank/credit card
  •  Cash
  •  Online payment
  •  Check

Seminar and reception rooms

Services

  •  Concert/events
  •  Family Reception/drinks reception
  •  Restaurant in the close vicinity
  •  Free choice of caterer
  •  Accommodation in the close vicinity

Opening

From 13/04 to 28/04/2024, daily.

From 15/07 to 15/08/2024, daily between 2.30 pm and 6 pm.

Dates to be confirmed.

Services

  •   Toilets
  •   Car park
  •   Coach parking
  •   Parking
  •   Private parking
  •   Free car park
  •   Bicycle parking
  •   Tourist brochures
  •   Tourist information
  •   Booking obligatory
  •   Set down on-site for groups
  •   Coach access
  •   Shop
  •   Themed tour
  •   Guided tours
  •   Educational visits
  •   Online shop
  •   Not accessible in a wheelchair
  •   Concert/events
  •   Family Reception/drinks reception

Prices

Full price: 13.50 €
Reduced price: 10 €
Child : 8 €
Group adults: 10 €
Group children : 10 €.

Free entry for children < 6 years.
Child entry valid for 0 - 14 years.

Interactive map

See also