Le château des Ducs de Mortemart
|Within 40 km from Limoges, in the heart of the medieval village of Mortemart certified as being “the most beautiful village of France”, sits Château des Ducs de Mortemart. Home to an illustrious family, Françoise Athenais de Rochechouart de Mortemart, Marquise of Montespan and one of the favorites of Louis XIV, is noted as being one of its better-known member.|
|Location :||Mortemart, 87330 - Haute-Vienne, 40 km away from Limoges by car|
|Capacity :||4 to 6 people|
|Rooms :||2 double rooms et 1 convertible sofa|
|Characteristics :||Medieval castel, in a village certified as being "Plus beaux Villages de France" ( the most beautiful village of France)|
|Minimum length of stay :||2 nights | Up to -20% for a minimum 3-night stay|
Full equipped kitchen
Le château des Ducs de Mortemart
For many centuries, the Mortemart where known for their military and political valors, for the beauty of their women and for their collectif spirit known as the “Mortmarts spirit”. The most renowned amongst them is François-Athénais de Rochechouart-Mortemart, Marquise de Montespan, a well-known favorite of Louis XIV. He gave a considerable boom to the ingeniousness fine arts of his time.
To understand the history of this amazing place, we need to go well back in time. It is in 995 that Abon Drut, Lord of Mortemart was allowed to build a castle thanks to his victory in defending the city-state of Bellac against Count Guillaume de Poitiers. The castle was first destroyed during the 16th century by the English. It was rebuilt but then dismantled under the order of Cardinal Richelieu. De facto, the second floor of the towers and of the main building have disappeared. At the revolution, what still stood was sold as property of the state. It was only at the end of the 19th century that it was bought back by the Mortemart family.
With its covered markets totally rehabilitated and its pretty houses, once religious buildings, the picturesque village of Mortemart was literally built around the castle.
Behind the heavy entrance door of the castle, a small passage opens into a pretty interior court shaped by the castle and its annexes. This leads to, on one side, a gorgeous sun filled garden facing a lake and on the other side, to the house. A beautiful stone stairway leads to the ground floor of the house. One has to go through the antechamber decorated into an inviting and comfortable reading room before entering a vast and huge, well proportioned, common room. The high windows open on one side to a sumptuous garden and on the other side to the covered markets of the village square. In this spacious room, a fitted kitchen has been installed, an area for eating and a living room to get together in and relax. At the back of this huge room, a small hallway leads to a cozy room with a bathroom complete with its bathtub. A small, narrow stone staircase goes up to the first floor of the tower where a second spacious and bright room is situated. This too has its own private bathroom. The enjoyment of the peaceful garden, bathed in silence and abundant greenery, is immense. During the summer months, the weeping willow will surely be the favorite place to be for long naps in its shade, lulled by the movement of the leaves.
Less than 10 minutes
– Golf de Mortemart
Less than 30 minutes
Less than one hour
– Village d’Ouradour sur Glane
– Ville de Limoges