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.
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