Boussac Chateau

Boussac Chateau is a 12th century castle perched on a hill in the small French village of Boussac, which is about 12 miles away from our French Bed & Breakfast in Ladapeyre.
Boussac Chateau is privately owned but open to the public for visits with guided tours four times a day.
Overlooking the Petite Creuse valley from the top of its rocky promontory, the magnificent Boussac castle, built in the 12th century and then seriously damaged during the Hundred Years war, was rebuilt in the 15th century by Jean de Brosse, companion of Joan of Arc.

It consists of a rectangular building flanked by a large round tower, two square towers and a three-sided staircase turret. The southwest tower has retained some of the crows.

The southern facade of the castle, punctuated by rectangular towers topped with tiles, has an austere appearance with brown stones.

The main body of the building remains almost intact. Its front door still includes today, above the lintel , the arms of the Brosse family (three “brushes”) carved in stone.

Nowadays, visitors have access to the Guards’ Room and George Sand’s bedroom, and can enjoy seeing the furniture, wooden panelling and old tapestries.  It has a superb collection of antique furniture, tapestries, art and artefacts. The chateau gardens are also very beautiful.

The estate was bought in 1965 by Mr. and Mrs. Blondeau who restore and furnish it. Mr. Blondeau was also interested in Aubusson tapestry and bought the Saint-Jean factory in Aubusson .

The castle has a very interesting display of Aubusson tapestries dating from the 17th century to the present day. In the first exhibition rooms are particularly exposed tapestries of 20th century Jean Lurcat , Jean Picart Le Doux and Dom Robert .

 The ramparts and old wall dating back to the 15th century remain in the village.

The rest of the town is equally pretty and worth a wander with a few cafe’s and restaurants.
Boussac has a splendid weekly market on a Thursday with products from the region on sale from early morning until noon.
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