Chateau de Fougeret

This Chateau is now in the process of restoration and is private property. For visitation hours/programmes of events please visit the following website – http://www.fougeret.com/

Chateau of the XIVth and XIXth on top of a rock of 38 meters and in the middle of 10 ha of park. It is known as being haunted? They organize night visits accompanied by mediums for those with interest in the paranormal. The chateau is quoted since 1337 with certain Hélias de Fougerec. Since 1416, the sources name noble Chastel of Fern, stronghold of the High Justice.

The year 1337 is the year of the declaration of the One hundred year old war between the kingdom of France and England. Philippe VI of Valois and Edouard III are in line. Fougeret is previously occupied by one of the most oldest families of France: Frotier. This name means “the chief”. Its hold on is the Poitou Region. It originates from Melle in the Deux-Sèvres. Pierre Frotier is bishop of Poitiers in 924 & 938. A Gautier Frotier is quoted in the charters of the abbaye of Saint-Jean-d’Angély in 1040.

In 1249, a descendant, also of the name of Pierre Frotier signs a charter with Damiette, in Egypt. The order of Templiers also includes/understands several of the Frotier family as Masters of the order. About 1420, year of the return of the plague, Guy the eldest. The knight and lord of Messelière, Chambonneau and Fougeré and is described as noble and powerful. Various homages are paid to him in 1451,1453 & 1458. He marries Jeanne de Maillé, widow in first weddings of Amaury de Tigné and in second weddings of Guillaume de Tucé.

In 1453, the One hundred year old war is finished and the English are driven out out of France. Guy Frotier and Jeanne de Maillé do not have children and on January 4, 1466, the couple makes donation of their goods to their cousin : Prégent Frotier. François Gabriel Brun, lawyer of the Parliament dies in 1784. his four children live in Queaux. Louis-François Bonaventure Brun Prélong lives in Fougeret, I n1803, after the death of his wife, Louis François Brun Prélong (1733-1813), then mayor of Queaux, becomes at 70 years sole owner of Fougeret. Louis François Brun Prélong, the old mayor of Queaux on January 22, 1806 marries Anne Adelaïde Stone, girl of the owner of Beauregard, who is 51 years his junior and it gives him two children : Louis Alexandre Brun Theodore Prélong (Queaux 1807 – Poitiers 1861) and Henry François Léonard Brun Prélong (Queaux 1809 – Queaux 1855).

The two young people Brun Prélong thus become the heirs-by-law to Fougeret. On September 6, 1814, become very logically widowed, she remarry’s to Xavier Regnault-Rochefort her new husband is nine years younger than her… the couple have two girls and live in Fougeret. The castle seems to pass to the hands of Regnault-Rochefort. When Anne Adelaïde Stone dies in Fougeret on November 5, 1866 at 82 years old, the chain by successive marriages ends. Xavier Regnault-Rochefort who has occupied the places since 1814 must return it to it true heirs : Brun Prélong. It is most probably under these complex conditions that the castle is sold. Angélina Brun Puyrajoux (1831-1901) marries Louis Robin Medard (1828-1889). and they acquire the castle of Fougeret, The Robin-Medard family orchestrated the transformations of the castle which one knows today.

The Robin-Medard sell the castle to the Robain’s. Paul Robain friend of the marquis Marie de Roux,, he ruins himself. Refusing to work, he writes. His/her children are high in the luxury and its years are, to believe the descendants, the gilded period of their existence. Paul Robain is an activist, he puts in lawsuit against the priest of Queaux which refuses to follow in its political ideals. During the war of 1914-1918, he played a big role within the league in the capacity as person in charge of the service of conferences for the then general secretary. Great balls are organized in the 1920’s andthey are prosperous. Fougeret is then the general headquarters of the society of men of high-middle-class and local aristocracy. but fascism is moving. The stock exchange crash emerges and the Robain family are ruined. They must yield the castle in 1929.

The brother-in-law of Paul Robain, Mr. Auriau repurchases the castle for a modest sum because he had lent much money to Robain. Auriau thus take again the torch. Mrs Auriau was the little girl of the famous colonel baron Stoffel (1821_1907), “the liege man of Napoleon III”. also a famous archeolologist. they will have three children born in Fougeret of which two children die at a young age. They remain only for one year in Fougeret and quickly leave to live elsewhere. The Patris family, the tradesmen of the area seize then the struck jewel, all its owners have finished ruined. They buy it in 1937. Maurice Patris is an authoritative man. He lives in Fougeret with his family during the Second world war. His wife dies young because of a long illness and leaves him with six children. He himself would also die in the castle. The children do not continue a life with the castle. in 1963, the castle is purchased by Perrineau, tradesmen of La Rochelle. The father dies in 2007. The five children then decide to get rid of this cumbersome monument. the current owners purchased it in March 16, 2009.

2008

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