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“Annoying car park charges!”

Chateau of Castelnau-Bretenoux
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Owner description: This impressive Château - as much a home as a fortified castle was the residence of a rich baronial family until 1715. Its towers, thick walls and domestic quarters illustrate its architectural development over the centuries. Towards the end of the 19th century the Chateau was bought and restored by opera singer Jean Moulierat who assembled an eclectic collection of furniture, tapestries, objects of religious art. Open:> 2nd May to 30th June: from 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.> 1st July to 31st August: from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.> 1st September to 30th April: from 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. Last admission 1 hour before closing time. Closed:> Tuesdays from 1st October to 31st March.> 1st January, 1st May, 1st November, 11th November and 25th December. Admission fees: Adults : 7,50 €; Concessions (18 to 25) = 4,50 €; Free admission: minors under 18*; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups
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“Annoying car park charges!”
Reviewed July 1, 2012

The chateau of Castelnau casts an imposing shadow over the landscape and you can immediately see what a strategic position it occupied in past centuries.

We first approached the village two years ago, but the combination of bad weather and a 2€ car park charge turned us away. We went back last year, paid our 2€, walked up through the village and then found that we were just too late to visit the chateau unless we were prepared to wait two hours which we were not. This year and better briefed we went back for the third time and got in.

The history of Castelnau is interesting and the story of its restoration is romantic but the contents are not really relevant to the site and only a tiny proportion of the "shell" has been redeveloped. It is splendid that Jean Mouliérat, an eccentric tenor at the Paris Opéra-Comique rescued the place, but if you have only time to visit one such attraction in the area go to the chateau of Montal.

Visited June 2012
Thank Minackman
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