CASTEL

Charente furniture, Saintonge kitchen, ancient paintings and feudal cellars, in guided tour.

You will be greeted by the guide in the main courtyard before visiting the interior.

While waiting for the next tour, we invite you to step back in time in our museum of prehistory located in the keep. You will discover a large number of prehistoric objects from the early ("Mousterian" - 120 000 BC), middle ("Aurignacian" - 40 000 BC) and late ("Magdalenian" - 10 000 BC) palaeolithic periods.


After a small desk bookcase Louis XIII furnished, you will enter in the paintings room treated by Jean-Louis de Courbon as a curiosity cabinet in the second half of XVIIth century.

Wood paintings are arranged on three levels : in the lower part mythology characters, in the centre landscapes and architectures, and above Hercules labors.

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The ceiling, with its sumptuous decoration of five painted medallions against a checker-board background encircled by a carved wooden frieze, is very impressive.

The central design shows Mount Olympus with its gods whereas the medallions temper the pagan theme of this imagery by a representation of the four cardinal virtues.

The artist’s signature reads : “finis coronat opus 1662”.

 

Next come two beautiful rooms decorated in the Charentais style  :
• The «Saintongeaise Kitchen» in the center of which there is a beautiful oak table on which stands a pestle and mortar (for grinding salt). 

On the dressers, with sturdy metal hinges, there is crockery designed in Saintes and Marans (the school of La Rochelle), a dough trough for kneading bread and a lovely collection of copper pans.

the “chambre paysanne” (peasant bedroom) which is approached via a spiral staircase. In it, there are two baldaquin beds covered in flame material. The mats known as “à lirette” and the peasant woman’s head-dress known as “quichenotte” bear witness to the fact that they are situated in the Charente Maritime.

Then you will leave this room, in the south tower, to go into the great XVIIIth century room where most of the furniture is Louis XV and Louis XVI.This beautiful room, with its east-west light and its wooden panelling reflects the warmth of houses in Saintonge and a typical way of life.

Then, from the balcony, you will discover the view over the magnificent French gardens; you will step back in time on entering the Louis XIII room with its painted beams. On the lintel of the imposing stone fireplace there is the Courbon family motto :  «Fide - Fidelitate - Fortitudine» (by faith, fidelity and courage).

 

The visit comes to an end in the XVIIIth century vestibule.

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The guide will leave you in the vaulted rooms at the bottom of the chateau, the feudal part, where you will be free to see the exhibitions.

Contact us

Our secretary is reachable all year, Monday to Friday
from 9 :15am to 12:30am and 1:30pm to 6pm.
The reception is open daily from 9am to 7pm from 01/05 to 30/09 from 10am to 12 and from 2pm to 6pm at weekends in January, from 01/02 to 30/04 and from 01/10 to 31/12.
 

17250  Saint-Porchaire

Tél : 05 46 95 60 10

Fax : 05 46 95 65 22

Mail : contact@larochecourbon.fr

 

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