Chateau de Bournazel, Aveyron visitors guide

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Bournazel is a small village in the Aveyron department of France with ancient origins thought to date back 2000 years. The village is pleasant to explore, and the principal attraction here is the Chateau de Bournazel.

Discover the Chateau de Bournazel

France This Way comment: the Chateau de Bournazel and its gardens have undergone a major renovation in recent years (the renovations are still ongoing on other parts of the castle) and is now a rare example of a renaissance style castle in this region that can be visited.

renaissance buildings at Chateau de Bournazel

You enter the castle through a gateway between two imposing round towers. These are a part of the original fortifications that were part of a medieval castle that once stood in this location. You then pass two towers to reach the main courtyard of the chateau.

The castle you see today dates from the 16th century, when the renaissance style was very popular in certain areas of France, in particular the Loire valley. After the revolution only the facade of the east wing was still intact, so the remainder of the east wing, and the tower, have been rebuilt in recent years as part of a major programme of reconstruction.

The castle facade retains its original renaissance style, that can be seen in the windows, the columns and the friezes. There are numerous features of interest in the facade and external masonry of the castle.

Inside the Chateau de Bournazel there are now furnishings, paintings and other artworks in the period style that help recreate the ambiance of the original castle.

The garden is also in the renaissance style, recreated using plants that were available in medieval times, and in a layout that incorporates nine separate ares of garden as well as a pond and more natural areas of garden. The gardens are now classified as a 'remarkable garden of France'.

The Chateau de Bournazel is open to the public from mid April to the end of October.

Salon and furnishings inside Chateau de Bournazel

Apart from the castle, Bournazel village has several sites of interest. The small historic centre can be entered through one of the two medieval stone entrances in Bournazel (origially there were three of these). There are several impressive stone houses in the village, wth the mairie in one of these, and the pretty Chapel of Notre Dame du Fraysse.

Attractions nearby

In our opinion this part of the Aveyron is one of the most beautiful regions of France, and here at Bournazel you are within easy reach of several lovely villages such as Belcastel and Conques, two of our favourite villages in France.

You can find more local travel ideas in the Aveyron guide and the Midi-Pyrenees guide.

See also:

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The French version of this page is at Chateau de Bournazel (Francais)