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
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
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
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
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.