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Chateau de Caumonttourist information guide
Address: Cazaux-Saves, 32130
Tel: +33 (0)5 62 07 94 20
Opening Times: Jul/Aug:daily; May/Jun/Sep-Oct:w'ends & bank hols | Admission Charge
Chateau de Caumont is a large brick and stone Renaissance chateau that was constructed in the middle of the XIVth-century on the site of the ancient chateau belonging to Gaston Phoebus. It was Pierre de Nogaret de la Valette who was responsible for most of the building works we see today. Pierre de Nogaret undertook this work on his return from fighting against the Italians for Francois 1st.
Jean Louis de Nogaret de la Valette was born at Chateau de Caumont in 1554. He became one of the favourites of Henry III and was awarded the title of the Duke of Epernon. Jean Louis later went onto serve Henri IV. His son, Bernard married one of Henry IV's daughters.
In the XIXth-century, Armand, Marquis de Castelbajac lived at Château de Caumont with his army companions. He left Chateau de Caumont with his wife, Sophie de la Rochefoucould-Liancourt for Russia acting as Napoleon's ambassador. He later became a government advisor for the Gers region.
A tour of Chateau de Caumont is well worthwhile. There are huge vaulted ceilings supported by a stone pillar in the kitchens with a spit used to roast mutton and beef sides. The kitchen is still used by its present owners in the winter and can also be hired out for business functions. The inner courtyard is also used for concerts throughout the summer.
The Great Hall is also impressive with its marble fireplace typical of the Pyrenees (based on a design by Leonardo de Vinci). The room was damaged during the Revolution (1789-1793) but was restored in 1820 by an Irish man, James MacMahon who favoured the Gothic period.
Chateau de Caumont also houses a chapel with a stained-glass window by Marechal and an Italian drawing room complete with Italian marquetry cabinets. The straight Renaissance staircase is also a bit of a gem. Suffice to say, there's lots for you to feast your eyes on at Chateau de Caumont.