My fascination with castles has always intrigued my in-laws. I think it must be annoying for them whenever I'd ask to stop for a detour as soon as I see a castle marker on the way indicating one nearby.
They grew up seeing these historical edifices quietly scattered throughout the hills and valleys and have therefore labeled them-boring. I'm certain, they're perplexed each time I get excited when I get a glimpse of one. Eventually throughout the years, it became a habit for them to call my attention whenever they spot any type of chateau, big or small.
|Park around the castle|
During an 8-hour long drive back from Massif Central, we chanced upon a small town called Etagnac (350km from Paris), very close to the city of Limoges (36km) known for expensive porcelain and crockery. We had a picnic lunch of salad, baguette and charcuterie on the grass outside the castle grounds.
|Bridge at Main Entrance|
Chateau de Rochebrune is a fortified castle beautifully tucked away in a forest. It was constructed between 11th and 12th century with round towers at 4 corners surrounded by a moat. Located in the Southwest France, in the department of Charentes, it has been the seat of the lords of Chabanais. It is open for visits between June to September.
|Left side of the Castle|
|Right side and rear view of the chateau|
The interior of the castle houses furniture and artwork in Renaissance and Empire styles. The grounds shown below, typically comes with stone-walled stables, barn, and staff housing with vegetable gardens.
Wondering what they're looking at? I had to post this. I was amused that they were more interested staring at 4 big frogs on the moat instead of the castle.