Château de Goudourville, Mille ans d'histoire
Château de Goudourville, Mille ans d'histoire
Château de Goudourville, Mille ans d'histoire
Château de Goudourville, Mille ans d'histoire
Château de Goudourville, Mille ans d'histoire
Château de Goudourville, Mille ans d'histoire
Château de Goudourville, Mille ans d'histoire
Château de Goudourville, Mille ans d'histoire
Château de Goudourville, Mille ans d'histoire

The Castle of Goudourville – On the steps of the Kingdom of France

Past the arch bridge spanning the moat, a door opens on the Guards Room which dates back to the XI century. It has preserved all of its medieval character with arrow loopholes, barrel vaulted ceiling, original fireplace from 1545 and the coats of arms of the lords of the castle for more than a thousand years…

Come and discover the Castle and…

  • enjoy its unique guestrooms,
  • savour a peaceful or active holiday, whilst exploring an authentic and intact region boasting numerous activities,
  • imagine and celebrate special occasions, engagements, weddings, themed receptions,
  • organise seminars, training sessions, meetings and prestigious professional events,
  • tour it as a group, with your class or association.

FEATS OF ARMS FOR NINE CENTURIES

1081
Construction of a fortress by Hugues de Gasques as a look-out and first line of defence for the Castle of Gasques
1211
Besieged by Simon de Montfort, in vain…
1360
Besieged by the Black Prince of Wales
1587
Gift from Henry of Navarre, the future King Henry IV, of 22 flags taken from the enemy during the famous battle of Coutras at the feet of Diane d’Andoins, his beloved
1740
Restoration of the Castle by Louis de Berdolle to bring it into line with the tastes of the time

THE FIEF OF GOUDOURVILLE OVER TIME
This place was known as “Gothorum Villa” as the Visigoths made their home here between lower Quercy and Toulouse in the V century. This Carolingian territory was conceded in 947 to the Abbey of Bonneval, which was later destroyed by the Normans.
In the XI century, Hughes de Gasques built a castle here in the shape of a V so that the two corner towers opposite one another enabled cross-fire. Safety demanded it…
This fortress gained its reputation due to its location, the borders of Quercy becoming the “Steps” of the Kingdom of France. A post of honour, a post of first defence, it granted its owner the title of Marquis, the “Defender of the Steps”..
Over time, the name changed to Gotorvilla, then Gothorville and finally, Goudourville. The fortress became a castle. A first transformation during the Renaissance gave it its great spiral staircase. In the XVII century, the cardinal Mazarin had its three towers levelled and its defence aspects demolished. Only the machicolations remained… In the XVIII century, the castle, fashioned after the tastes of the time, became more refined with the addition of huge French windows and an ample esplanade built on the old ramparts, among other things.
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"The six best places to stay in France"

The reference guide Sawdays Alastairs has tracked down these top locations offering both modern conveniences and traditional charm. The Castle of Goudourville, a medieval splendour without the cold draughts but with the hot showers, and a romantic atmosphere to boot. The guestrooms are more than spacious and spectacular with solid wood canopy beds. The Clément V, lavishly decorated in rich reds; the Charles IX, encased in white stone walls and decked out in silky creams. The bathtubs are deep and the bathrooms dripping in fluffy towels.
There is a wooded terrace overlooking the Garonne, a large swimming pool and tonnes of things to see and do. Begin with the castle chapel, built in the 11th century and magnificently preserved."

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