Château de Lavardens

Opening hours

Open

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday Closed
  • Wednesday 10:00 am - 12:30 am 02:00 pm - 05:00 pm
  • Thursday 10:00 am - 12:30 am 02:00 pm - 05:00 pm
  • Friday 10:00 am - 12:30 am 02:00 pm - 05:00 pm
  • Saturday 02:00 pm - 06:00 pm
  • Sunday 10:00 am - 12:30 am 02:00 pm - 06:00 pm

Closes at 05:00 pm

Useful information

  • Plus Beaux Villages de France
  • Famille Plus
  • Monument Historique
  • Gers en Gascogne
  • Région Occitanie
  • Grand Auch

Location : Countryside

Province : The Pyrenean Valleys

Services

  • Chèques Vacances (Holiday voucher)
  • Credit card accepted
  • English spoken
  • Entertainment
  • Groups
  • Parking
  • Spanish spoken
  • English
    • Listed as a Historic Monument in 1961, Lavardens castle was rebuilt by Antoine de Roquelaure, on the ruins of the castle of the Counts of Armagnac. Built on a rocky outcrop, the fortress of the Counts of Armagnac benefited from a vast field of vision which allowed surveillance and security. Born from a love story, this castle takes its current form with the Marshal of France, Antoine de Roquelaure, who built this building for his young wife, Suzanne de Bassabat. Sometimes a noble residence, sometimes a co-ownership with twelve occupants, its uses and transformations were multiple, the castle has lived many lives and adventures over the centuries. Saved by an association, the Château de Lavardens also revolves around an art center hosting exhibitions and events throughout the season. Camille Claudel, Dali, the art of Santon… so many discoveries each year in the many rooms of the castle.

      SO SINGULAR ARCHITECTURE

      Built on a rocky outcrop, the fortress of the Counts of Armagnac benefited from a vast field of vision which allowed surveillance and security. Only a few vestiges of the medieval castle remain. It is at the western end of the main body of the castle and opposite in the south-eastern wing that the larger remains of the original fortress are preserved. In 1620, Antoine de Roquelaure surrounded himself with two great architects: Pierre Souffron, general architect of the king, and Pierre Levesville, one of the architects of Auch cathedral. The castle uniquely combines the nascent classical taste with the maintained feudal posture.

      The Château de Lavardens attracts attention with its exceptional viewpoint, obtained thanks to a balcony developed on three facades, abundant fenestration of immense windows and overhanging turrets. It was designed to enjoy the widest horizon, it is one of the most beautiful views over Gascony. The western towers, built in the 17th century, rest on the buttresses of the medieval castle. They rise cantilevered over corbels or proboscis. The towers are a true architectural feat of the time. They are only places of passage and make it possible to connect the galleries between them. On the south facade, a wooden gallery rested on stone corbels.

      By its imposing appearance, the castle makes few concessions to the decoration but it has a beautiful interior decoration: an exceptional set of paving stones from the 17th century. The castle has seventeen rooms with different pavements. They consist of pink bricks (terracotta from the country) and cut stones (light limestone from the country). The motifs, which are different in each of the rooms, seem to have a meaning. We do not know of another monument with such a diversity of pavements.

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Traveller Reviews Château de Lavardens

4.3 sur 5 1117 reviews

  • ntonckens

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by ntonckens on 08/08/2021

    Very interesting visit of this castle with in addition a beautiful exhibition inside. Its exterior architecture is remarkable. Don’t forget to go down into the village, one of the most beautiful in France

  • Will Sinkinson

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by Will Sinkinson on 20/08/2022

    Lovely owner, lovely food. Amazing atmosphere. Highly recommend.

  • Matt Bartholomew

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by Matt Bartholomew on 12/01/2022

    Beautiful grounds and chateau. The little vendors on the streets are very friendly and the food is great too. Summertime is the best time for night markets.

Traveller Reviews Château de Lavardens

4.0 sur 5 240 reviews

  • "Shopping or Sightseeing?"

    3 / 5 Reviews posted by PTulip (York) on 21/04/2019

    This is a beautiful ancient château Outside it looks brilliant both from a distance and close up Initially thought that the 14+€ entry fee was worth while till we got inside It was a bloody shop...

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  • "Beautiful château and artwork"

    4 / 5 Reviews posted by Daleen D (Boulogne sur Gesse, France) on 23/03/2019

    A beautiful château with stunning views of the surrounding area, especially from the rooftop. The art exhibition is well laid out and very interesting and different pieces of art on display. Worth a...

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  • "Wonderful and interesting chateau, if you can get in."

    1 / 5 Reviews posted by Ge0rgia49 (Bedford, United Kingdom) on 04/09/2018

    Interesting chateau and exhibitions but the opening times as posted on the web and beside the front door are not to be believed. We travelled some distance to visit on a Monday morning in early...

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Château de Lavardens

Address

Château de Lavardens
32360 Lavardens

GPS coordinates

43° 45'39.14"N, 0° 30'39.33"E

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