ChAteau OF Saveilles In Angoumois

Château de Saveilles - Saveille
Aerial view of the castle

 

 

 

On the borders of Charente, Charente-Maritime and Deux-Sèvres, halfway between Niort and Angoulême, in the territory of the town of Paizay-Naudouin since the fourteenth century, stands the Chateau of Saveilles.

 

It is a square set, isolated from the mainland by wide moat filled with water and supported by walls. Two stone bridges give access, since the Revolution replacing the bascule drawbridge south and the swing bridge with two arches north, once defending the access to the castle.

Château de Saveilles - Saveille
Facade to the south

 

 

 

To the east and south, two buildings placed at right angles, are extended at each end by a large defense tower: the tower of the prison, with its gunboats to the north, the great tower with its loopholes, loopholes battlements to the south.

 

The other two sides , north and west, of the square delimit a courtyard in the middle of which stands a large well.

Château de Saveilles - Saveille
Renaissance style chimney

 

 

 

 

 

We admire today, the remaining four dormers on the ten that originally lit the attic of the castle, decorated with mythological subjects, both small mullioned windows, carved, to the left of the front door,  the carved chimney stack which dominates the roof of the main building to the east, the Hercules statuette holding his club at the north gable and the carved top of a window that lit the hall of justice above the entrance pavilion now defunct, and overcomes the gate of the garden.

Château de Saveilles - Saveille
Italian Renaissance style fireback

 

 

A carved stone, finely decorated with "putti" was embedded in the wall of the chapel built in the nineteenth century, with in its center René de La Rochefaton's terraced arms, whose ancestors are the builders of the castle and his wife Sébastienne Taveau whose marriage took place before 1519.


LA ROCHEFATON - Château de Saveilles - Saveille
LA ROCHEFATON

Since the twelfth century, and the erection of the castle by Thibault de La Rochefaton in the late fifteenth century , the masters of the place have succeeded until today, by way of family inheritance.

BOURDEILLE - Château de Saveilles - Saveille
BOURDEILLE

The first, the Barrier and Montalembert possessed the land, land that fell within the Marquisate of Ruffec. In the early sixteenth century, their descendents, La Rochefaton, built the castle as we know it. Among the masters of this noble house, there are the marshals de Caumont La Force, then de Turenne, at the time when the R.P.R. (Alleged Reformed Religion) of Saveilles was an important place of the Reformation in Angoumois.


MAS LATRIE- Château de Saveilles - Saveille
MAS LATRIE

 

The Touchimbert, then Bourdeille received Saveilles by prerogative, before passing to Disnematin de Salle, then to Ligondès, and finally to Mas Latrie today.


Chateau of Saveilles (developed and undeveloped areas) is included in the Supplementary Inventory of Historical Monuments (I.S.M.H.) by prefectural decree dated 8 November 2005, and repealing a previous decree of 7 August 1967.

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