Occitanie

Chateau de Cabrerets - Cele Valley - Lot

This page was updated on: Friday, January 3, 2020 at: 5:42 pm

Chateau de Cabrerets and its village

The Chateau de Cabrerets overlooks the confluence of the Sagne and Célé rivers.

The little village that developed around it, is a stop on the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela.

The village is also a popular summer holidays destination because of its canoeing and kayaking infrastructures and its close proximity to the famous Pech Merle cave.

Finally, the Chateau de Cabrerets, officially known as Château Gontaud-Biron de Cabrerets, is another major tourist attraction.

It was built during the 16th century, high above the village.

Once a holding of the powerful Barasc family, it passed into the Cardaillac family by marriage, then to Raymond de Gontaud, chevalier to the King.

The current owner and descendant of the Gontaud family, Philippe Sahut d'Izarn, started the restoration of the castle in 1994.

The Chateau de Cabrerets was listed Historical Monument two later.

A castle that feels like a family home

Philippe Sahut d'Izarn and his family live in the historic rooms of their Chateau de Cabrerets.

The building therefore has the feel of a real family home, and not of a museum, as so many other castles!

It obviously benefits from modern electricity and central heating systems, however the 15 fireplaces are still used.

The rooms boast a wealth of much used, much loved everyday antic furniture, however, none of the various items date from the 16th century.

The kitchen is one of the most surprising room of the castle.

The owners indeed converted an impressive vaulted downstairs room into a modern kitchen with two long refectory tables that can seat at least 30 guest!

The most intriguing feature is a hole in the floor of a dark room adjacent to the kitchen; this hole indeed opens to the castle dungeon.

Apparently, this is where prisoners were once kept... and where the kitchen garbage was tossed!

Department of Lot
Coordinates: Lat 44.505921 - Long 1.653864

Credits: Photos atelier434 by Melanged Magic by Evelyn Jackson - Edited by and for Travel France Online -  Wikimedia Commons: Chateau of Cabrerets
Chateau de Montal - Renaissance facades and seen from the formal garden

April 30 2019

Chateau de Montal, a Renaissance masterpiece in Quercy

Chateau de Montal, a Renaissance masterpiece built by a woman and returned to its past grandeur by the industrialist and patron of the arts Maurice Fenaille
Dolmen de Martignes in Beduer - Lot

April 26 2019

Dolmen de Martignes and Cloup de Coutze

Dolmen de Martignes and Dolmen du Cloup of Coutze, the most famous of the 12 dolmens listed in Beduer, a village of Quercy along St. James Way
Gouffre de Saint-Sauveur- Emeral waters of the resurgence of the river Ouysse

April 23 2019

Gouffre de Saint-Sauveur – Ouysse River’s resurgence

The Gouffre de Saint-Sauveur is a basin of emerald water nestled in the lush greenery where the river Ouysse resurfaces near the village of Calès in the Lot
Chateau des Anglais, also known as Chateau Fort de La Roque d'Autoire

April 19 2019

Chateau des Anglais or Chateau Fort de La Roque d’Autoire

Chateau des Anglais - Chateau Fort de La Roque d’Autoire, the troglodyte fort the lords of Turenne built at the border of the Auvergne and Toulouse counties

Sign up to our newsletter

Travel France Online will use the information you provide on this form to keep in touch with you and to provide updates via our newsletter. By selecting the boxes on the form you confirm your acceptance to receive our newsletter.

You can change your mind at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in the footer of any email you receive from us, or by Contacting Us

We will treat your information with respect. For more information please visit our privacy policy page