Valgros, the abandoned castle... and burned down twice

The Château de Valgros, later renamed Château de Frontenac, dating from the end of the 19th century and restored in the 20th century, is situated on the Roman road, at the eastern entrance to the municipality of Bram.

It was destroyed by a fire on the night of 25 October 2005.

It was the most important fire of the last twenty years with that of the monastery of Prouilhe in 1988.

Built in 1870, the castle belonged to Mr. Fabre and then it was the property of the Piquet family until 1987 when it was sold to a Dutch company with the project of developing luxury apartments for rent, integrating in the park a golf course, tennis courts, a swimming pool, and even a football field.

A show flat had been built, but this development was far from being completed and nobody seemed to live there.

In recent years, the property had been sold several times, always to Dutch companies.

Investigators concluded that the first arson was arson, and several people were prosecuted for fraud and gang money laundering after the castle was burnt down, and sentenced to fines ranging from €550,000 to €1.5 million and imprisonment for two of them.

At the beginning of August 2020, the castle was again burned down...

Its future is very dark...

 

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