The Castle of Crazannes, Chateau du Chat Botté

Classified as a historical monument, the Château de Crazannes was built in the 14th century, in 1360, on the site of an old feudal castle of which the chapel, the keep and the dry and wet moats remain.

In the 17th century, when it became the property of Jules Gouffier, Count of Caravase, it inherited the nickname "Chateau of Puss in Boots".

The Count of Caravaz was a prominent character who inspired Charles Perrault to create the Marquis de Carabas, Master of Puss in Boots in his famous tale.


A top of the range castle

Today the building, entirely restored and fitted out, is nestled in the heart of a park of eight hectares. The Romanesque chapel, the keep, the moat, the dovecote and the museum of ancient crafts contribute to the charm of this preserved environment.

The northern facade of the 16th century offers flamboyant gothic sculptures that evoke the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, the representation of two Saracens in arms who, in all likelihood, would embody the basic material necessary for the alchemical transmutation. Indeed, in this "book of stone" would be hidden the recipe to change lead into gold.

Behind the facades, sumptuous furnished rooms are now open to the public. During guided tours, the public can also discover an authentic kitchen, a library, a bedroom, a guard room and its period walkway, as well as an attic with a particularly spectacular roof structure.

The estate also houses a Museum of ancient crafts.


The Keep

Beautifully restored, this 11th century defensive tower is an original and authentic family gite offered for rent from April 1 to October 31.

It has three double rooms with private bathrooms, a living room, a dining room, a kitchen, a laundry room and an open terrace with a panoramic view of the estate and the Charente.

Several famous people have been received at the castle such as the Black Prince in the 14th century, François I, as well as Pierre Louis de la Rochefoucauld, the last Bishop of the city of Saintes who lived there in the 18th century.


Visits, rental of reception areas and five rooms, organization of weddings, cocktails and seminars, historical animations... are proposed at the Château de Crazannes.



Castle of Crazannes

24, rue du Château

17350 Crazannes

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Charente : églises troglodytiques d'Aubeterre-sur-Dronne et de Gurat, vestiges romains de Chassenon, village de gabarriers de Saint-Simon... Charente-Maritime : château de La Roche-Courbon, carrières et sculptures de Crazannes, trésors cachés des lies de Ré, Oléron et Madame...
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