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Saint-Martin Castle

Saint-Martin Castle
The Bérail family occupied the fief since ancient times. It then passed into the hands of the Vigier family (one of whom was the Attorney General in the Bordeaux Parliament); then to the Flammarens.

At the beginning of the 19th century, general Comte Boudet, valorous officer of the Empire, acquired the residence and restored it. It still belongs to his descendants.

A moat crossed by two bridges encircles the residence, an enormous two-level abode, built under Louis XVIII.
A watchtower hangs from a machicolation at the north-east corner.

The dignified façade has a handsome portal flanked by pilasters with triangular pediments decorated with pots à feu.
The high roof is embellished with dormer windows. The centre one is particularly monumental.
A medieval square tower reminds us that this dwelling was preceded by others. Moreover, in the park there is a mound, which is probably feudal.

“The Guide to the Castles of France (Le guide des châteaux de France ) HERME 1981 - Notes written by Jean Secret and Jacques Gardelle”

 
Monboucher Castle
 

Monboucher Castle
This castle, which was a dependency of the jurisdiction of Montcuq, was built by the Fontvieille family at the end of the 17th century, probably at the time the family was ennobled. At the brink of the Revolution, the lord of the place had the title Baron of Fontvieille. He added (undoubtedly a bit pompously) Baron of Moncuq, whereas, for centuries, not a stone remained of the castle with this name.

     
 

This castle is an example of the pure classical style: a large two-level central building wedged between wings.
The proportions are good, the material is correct, the details are sensibly treated.

Yet the whole is a bit dry, in spite of the cornice with modillions that underlines the mansard roof. The Empire altered the façade very little.
The chapel, close to the house, dates from the 18th century. It is square, very simple, like many that belong to Périgord castles of the 1930s. A negligent owner lost the panelling that went with a baroque altar piece.

     
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