Fortresses and Castles

The age of chivalry in the Corrèze

A host of medieval fortresses around the countryside bear witness to the Corrèze’s war-torn history. The centuries-old villages of Ventadour, Turenne,Ségur-le-Château, Comborn and Merle, once impregnable strongholds of local lords, boast vestiges of a glorious, romantic and violent past.

Liste
9.2Excellent

Tours de Merle

SAINT GENIEZ O MERLE
Tours de Merle - SAINT GENIEZ O MERLE
The Merle Towers, a 12th century citadel, tower over the river Maronne on the border between Limousin, Aquitaine and Auvergne. This medieval Limousin gem is made up of a fortress in a 10 hectare park, the reenactment of an old farm, a medieval plant garde[...]
9.2Excellent
8.5Très bon

Fortresse of Ventadour

MOUSTIER VENTADOUR
Fortresse of Ventadour - MOUSTIER VENTADOUR
At an altitude of 562m, on a rocky spur 200m above the Gorges de la Soudeillette, the imposing ruins of the Château de Ventadour stand on a site which evokes both the power of the feudal system in medieval times and the emergence of courtly love to which [...]
8.5Très bon

Comborn Castel

ORGNAC SUR VEZERE
Comborn Castel - ORGNAC SUR VEZERE
Seat of one of the four viscounties of the Bas-Limousin and cradle of many important feudal families (eg, the Comborn, the second Turenne dynasty and the Ventadour), this castle is built on a rock overlooking the Gorges de la Vézère.
9.1Excellent

Carbonnières Towers

GOULLES
Carbonnières Towers - GOULLES
Ruins of a feudal fortress (11C and 14C) consisting of two square towers (the southern tower built for defensive purposes and the northern tower once inhabited by the occupants) and a village. No charge. Interpretation path "The secret of Carbonnières" st[...]
9.1Excellent
9Excellent

Château de Val

BORT-LES-ORGUES/LANOBRE
Château de Val - BORT-LES-ORGUES/LANOBRE
Feudal fortress built in 1440 by the d’Estaing family. Since the construction of the dam, the castle, flanked by six towers, has become encircled by water. Its exceptional seeing is one of the most famous of the region and the castle was used in a film [...]
9Excellent
8.8Très bon

Château de Rilhac Xaintrie

RILHAC XAINTRIE
Château de Rilhac Xaintrie - RILHAC XAINTRIE
Situated on the border between the Corrèze and the Cantal, this Renaissance château, which was remodelled in the 16C, is the former property of the Lords of Rilhac. 14-year restoration. Listed historic monument. Grounds with superb views of the Cantal mo[...]
8.8Très bon
8.7Très bon

Château of Pompadour ans stables

ARNAC POMPADOUR
Château of Pompadour ans stables - ARNAC POMPADOUR
Rebuilt in the 15th century on the feudal mound, the Château de Pompadour was remodelled in the 18th century. In 1745, it was given the title of Marquise to the famous favourite of Louis XV. It was partly destroyed during the Revolution and burnt down in [...]
8.7Très bon
8.6Très bon

Château de Turenne

TURENNE
Château de Turenne - TURENNE
Castle ruins: Tour du Trésor or Tour de l’Horloge, 11C rectangular keep with guardroom, and 12-13C Tour César (watch-tower with exceptional views of the Dordogne Valley and Monts du Cantal). The magnificent main castle building once stood on the site o[...]
8.6Très bon
8.8Très bon

The Vassinhac Castel

COLLONGES LA ROUGE
The Vassinhac Castel - COLLONGES LA ROUGE
Worthy of a medieval tale, like a ruby, the Castel de Vassinhac, made of red sandstone, shines in the heart of the surrounding greenery. Built in the 16th century, the castle was the property of the Vassinhac family, lord of the city and captain governor o[...]
8.8Très bon
9.1Excellent

Château de Sédières

CLERGOUX
Château de Sédières - CLERGOUX
Surrounded by 130ha of forest, lakes and rivers, 3km from Clergoux, the medieval Château de Sédières now belongs to the Conseil départemental. The castle offers a range of outdoor activities throughout the year (mountain biking trails and centre, orien[...]
9.1Excellent