Re­stored château

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Set in idyl­lic coun­try­side in the de­part­ment of Char­ente in south-west France lies the re­stored 15th-cen­tury Château de la Roche, with six re­cep­tion rooms, five bed­rooms, four bath­rooms and just over 105 hectares of land. It was orig­i­nally built to pro­tect La Bou­tonne, which was an im­por­tant river route in those days, and you can still find some re­mains of its mil­i­tary past in what’s left of the old cas­tle (a crenel­lated tower) and moat. The main body of the château dates from 1755 when it was re­con­structed in the neo-clas­si­cal style with a beau­ti­ful jardin à la française; a sym­met­ri­cal gar­den fea­tur­ing a geo­met­ric pat­tern.

It’s be­lieved that in 1621, the 20-year-old Louis XIII stayed at the château for a few weeks dur­ing the siege of St-jean d’angély, the Huguenot (Protes­tant) stronghold. It was cap­tured af­ter only 26 days and, doubt­less feel­ing pleased with him­self, leg­end has it that be­fore de­part­ing south to lead the Siege of Mont­pel­lier, the king briefly re­turned but this time to rest and stay at the château for plea­sure. sifex.co.uk

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