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The 12th-cen­tury Château de Mont­brun in the com­mune of Dour­nazac in the Haute-vi­enne de­part­ment, has been re­stored to a high stan­dard, and boasts 17 bed­rooms and 17 bath­rooms. Ly­ing in a deep val­ley, it comes with 165 hectares of land, a golf course, five lakes and a he­li­port.

Most in­ter­est­ingly, it is ru­moured to be where Richard the Lion­heart passed away in 1199 af­ter be­ing wounded at the siege of the nearby cas­tle of Chalus-chabrol. Ac­cord­ing to some ac­counts, Richard was hit in his left shoul­der by a cross­bow close to his neck, the wound be­came gan­grenous and he died 12 days later from blood poi­son­ing.

Ap­par­ently, in 1424 the cas­tle was also be­sieged on the or­ders of the French king Charles VII be­cause the cas­tle lord re­mained loyal to Henry VI of Eng­land. leggettpres­tige.com

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