It was like something from a forgotten world, i stomped my way hard up the hillside the family deciding against my offer of good exercise, i head up towards the forest not really knowing what i would find, there wasnt much information about the chateau and it certainly felt like no-one had been here for many years.
At the beginning of the 13th century, Baudouin de Toulouse (brother of Count Raymond de Toulouse) marries Alix de Lautrec. This act founded the Toulouse Lautrec family. In 1255, the Chateau de Montfa is quoted in a text. In 1257, a text provides the link between the chateau and the Toulouse-Lautrec family.
In the 14th century, the castle belongs to the Arpajon family. In the 15th century, the chateau was owned by Foix family. During this century, the Toulouse-Lautrec family recovered the castle. In the middle of the 16th century, after a long trial against his sister Isabeau de Lescure, François II Baron de Montfa recovers the chateau. In 1569, during the wars of religion, Francis II saw his 10-year-old son killed and lost his chateau to the Protestants. Around 1570, a part of the castle is demolished and rebuilt. In 1580, the Vicomte de Turenne attacked the castle and partially destroyed it. From 1591, several fights and altercations between the Duc de Montmorency and the Baron de Montfa. In 1595, the Duc de Ventadour, son-in-law of the Duc de Montmorency, took the Duc de Montfa and his wife to the Château de Venes to be imprisoned. The castle is still owned by the Montfa family.
In 1762, Joseph Constantin de Montfa owns the chateau. and is also the Comte de Toulouse-Lautrec. In 1791, the revolutionaries hunted the count of Toulouse-Lautrec. In the 19th century, a letter from Alphonse de Toulouse-Lautrec (father of the famous painter) asserts that the castle is in ruins, the land is little and it must be sold. At the end of the 19th century, the castle is looted, stones and ornaments are torn and sold. At the end of the 20th century, the discovery of the outside is possible. The visit from the inside is very difficult and dangerous, unless Brambles and other thorns are your pleasure. if it is to be believed its been abandoned since the 1930’s.
Dirty Edition, last of the set destroyed by dirt on my lens, and a surprising update for 2017, the last year volunteers have been very busy removing trees and tiding the old chateau up, now largely opened up it would certainly justify another visit to see how much better it has improved.