The castle of Balzac, hermitage of the writer Jean-Louis Guez de Balzac

Located a few kilometres from Angoulême, Balzac Castle is classified as a Historic Monument and has the Maison des Illustres label.

Built around 1600, the Hermitage of the famous Charentais writer Jean-Louis Guez de Balzac, Academician and restorer of the French language in the 17th century, the Château de Balzac houses many treasures such as the large vaulted hall and 17th century frescos, the kitchen, the living rooms, the paved courtyard, the well, the washhouse, the canal, the 17th century entrance gate, the column gallery, the Charentais porch, the small museum - objects from the 13th to 18th centuries, the old chapel from the 13th century...

It was the residence of the fields where the Guez withdrew when they left their house in Angouleme "embellished and enriched with such exquisite rarities", wrote Saint-Romuald, that from March 4 to August 29, 1619, Marie de Médicis "did not want to make her stay elsewhere, until the peace that her son Louis Treizième gave her".

During the Queen Mother's stay with the Guez, the seigneury of Balzac became the crossroads where the elite of the time, Richelieu, the Duke of Epernon, the Cardinal of La Rochefoucauld, the Count of Béthune, the Queen Mother met...

The castle is open to the public all summer long.

Find out more at 


The castle of Balzac

Place Jean-Louis Guez de Balzac

16430 Balzac

Tel. 05 45 45 68 68 42 69


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