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The Château of Ardelay some 3 kilometers south of Les Herbiers
is the smallest castle with a moat in the Vendée. It was bought by the
local authority in 1984 in a ruined state covered in ivy, but thanks to
the renovation in 1988 it has regained its pride. The Large 15th century
square tower with red tiles, the walled courtyard and a smattering of
other buildings are all that is left of original castle, although its
remnants still dominate the village of Ardelay.
The wooden drawbridge, which has been restored to its former glory,
crosses the water filled moat and gives access to a courtyard which is
bordered by the main building dating from the 16th and 17th century this
and the tower both have military fortifications. Within the huge rooms
there are fine examples of granite fireplaces and it is possible to see
the timbers that support the steep pitched roof which are exposed on the
So do not be afraid! ... Dare to cross the drawbridge and its firing
chamber ... and just admire the stunning vestiges and be thankful that
it escaped the Revolution and the Wars of Vendée.
Exhibitions are regularly staged here.
See more photos of this enchanting little castle
July-August: daily from 10am to 13h and 15h to 18h
September: Wednesdays from 14h to 18h and on weekends from 15h to 19h
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