Chateau de Montrollet

This old chateau has been on my radar for a while, it was a cold damp day, i had an hour or so to spare so though i would investigate further, i knew furthermore their was a chapel ruin attached to the site, so i head there first, upon entering the chapel i notice the doorway is actually an interior one which means i’m stood on an old wing/building. I enter the chapel, i notice a door to the rear and head over towards it, i spot the original stone spiral staircase and walking further inside notice stone cut windows and a large fireplace possibly of the XVth century and it appears i’m in a circular building maybe a tower, i head back into the interior of the chapel, through beautiul cut granite stone doorways but its condition can only be described as very poor, heavily overgrown but at least someones put something over the walls to slow down the water ingress a little, as i’m stood at the rear of the tower i can see the full length of the chateau believed to be around 30 metres in length and is 3 stories high, 4, if you include the vast attic spaces themselves.


Beside me is a huge moat which you can follow around, it certainly shows the older side of the site as various walls still stand around the old courtyard, i see an open door to the side of the chateau, even in current form its side profile is immense, now i know the roofs have been changed it must of looked bigger originally, i enter the building and i soon spot some farm equipment and hay bales, entering the building further i seem to have entered the grande room of the old building, heavy vegetation busting through what is left of the old window frames, i notice plaster pieces adorn the room, the old light fittings, tan and brown painted trim but its fireplace long since gone, an old cistern appears in the middle of the room with a giant pole and a window shutter thrown down it, i decide not to investigate that part of the building,

Passing through afew heavily stripped rooms, a central staircase another stripped room, i’m suddenly inside another square tower at the other end of the building, its obvious large works were started, lots of new timber, the roof looks reasonably good but not much character appears to remain, i notice a staircase hanging going up the full four stories again i decline this option, I had passed another set of stairs just beforehand these appear to be more original, but the tower space has been split in two, noticing the Maltese cross’s and the fleur de lys painted on the walls along with red painted square outlines to give the impression of large stonework, these stairs do not seem very safe either, but i’m on the first floor, i spot some decor and other fittings but nothing of any detail, its seems likely it was at least part lived in during the last 30 years or so as i spot a tiled bathroom surfaces and a lamberi ceiling, there are terracota blocks everywhere and the bulding appears to have three roofs made into one, i see that the final steps of the staircase appears to be rotten so do not go any higher, i returned out the back, its truly heavily overgrown but the building is immense in statue, its obvious how the building sits, its central building flanked by 2 big square towers each end, the sad decline of what originally would have been the most important building of the community.

Further research shows the building on various plans, it chapel and original tower and another wing, now made very clear, the other round tower sits over the road in total ruin and hard to even make out as a tower. Some of the original stable buildings and barn survive but on normal maps are strangely marked as the chateau itself.

In the Middle Ages, Montrollet was the seat of a barony that depended on the Vicomté de Brigueuil; His fate has long been linked to that of this viscount. In the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, the Barony of Montrollet is part of the property of the family of Reilhac, which also has holds the Vicomté de Brigueuil.

François II de Reilhac, Vicomté de Brigueuil and Baron de Montrollet, died possibly murdered in 1581 at the Manoir/Château de Montrollet, leaving no heirs. His two sisters, Jacquete and Françoise de Reilhac inherit the chateau. Françoise marries, on 1 May 1564, the high and mighty Seigneur Eusebe de Monstiers, Knight under the orders of the king, captain of fifty Men of Arms, Seigneur de Fraisse.

In the early years of the seventeenth century, Jean des Monstiers, Vicomté de Mérinville, sold to François Dreux, the land of Montrollet, which remained more than a century detached from the Vicomté de Brigueuil. It was in 1730 that this land returned to the Monstiers family, by the acquisition by Louis-Martial des Monstiers, Marquis de Mérinville and Vicomté de Brigueuil, from Simon Dreux, great-grandson of Francis.

During the sharing of the estates of the Marquis de Mérinville, the castle and the land of Montrollet formed the lot of the Abbot de Mérinville and his sister Henriette-Thérèse des Monstiers, married to the Marquis Perry de Nieuil (An old Irish family of the XIVth century). Since then, the castle has since been purchased from the Perry family of Nieuil by the Marquis de Clairvaux.

Nothing remains of the buildings associated with François de Reilhac, the remains of two large towers of the 15th century called Tour de Gue and Tour de Charlemagne sit in total ruin. The House was rebuilt in the 17th century. The chapel could date from this period. The construction of the current building is undertaken during 1787-1788 by the marquis, Rémy de Nieul, but halted during the Revolution. The House is then surrounded by a moat with a drawbridge and whose location is visible on the current cadastre.

After the Revolution, the barony of Montrollet becomes property of Marquis of Clervaux/Clairvaux. The reconstruction of the House and its Chapel are completed in the early 19th century. The mansion and its outbuildings are transmitted by inheritance to the family of Pin de la Guérivière at the end of the 19th century. The chapel then gradually falling apart and the stones of the tower which was adjacent to him are sold. The mansion was sold at the end of the 20th century and its roof transformed, doing away with the two side pavilions. And so it has sat since just waiting.

Revisit for some different shots with another camera lense.