Château de Passirac

 

 

de la Croix family
de la Croix family
de Castelbajac family
de Castelbajac family
de la Sausaye family
de la Sausaye family

The Seigneurie du Chatelard can be traced right back to the 11th century, and on this site a sumptuous château was built. At the time of the French Revolution of 1789, the castle was sold off as national property. It was repurchased in 1872 by Marc de la Croix de Saint-Cyprien. He destroyed the old castle, whose buildings were already in ruins, and used the stones to build the castle of his dreams! 

 

Le Chatelard was entirely rebuilt on the site of a house owned by a Joubert notary. The work was supervised by the architect Edouard Warin, and was completed between 1875 and 1879. The style is known as 'neo-Gothic', the last château style adopted by the French before the first world war made château building obselete.

 

 

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The Seigneurie du Chatelard orginally belonged to Marquess of Barbezieux, as also, for the most part, to the Bishop of Saintes. It was given in 1077 to Ademar II by the Bishop of Saintes.

In the 17th century, the Seigneurie included the parishes of Passirac, Guizengaard, Boresse, as well as parts of Sainte-Souline and Oriolles. 

The original château was sumptuous and held many beautiful tapestries. In 1648, the Seigneurie passed into the hands of the family de La Rochefoucauld. Towards the end of the 17th centrury, and in the first years of the 18th, the Seigneurie was split up. Later in the 18th century, Charles de Livienne, Count of Balan, became its owner.

At the time of the revolution, the château was sold off as national property, but was bought back in 1872 by Marc de La Croix de Saint-Cyprien. The latter destroyed the old castle, whose building were in ruins, and used the stones to construct the castle of his dreams, employing for the purpose the service of the architect Edouard Warin.

In addition to the Chatelard, Marc de La Croix had a number of other houses built, including the school Saint-Louis, to which he sent his children. He also oversaw the reconstruction of the church.

Marc de La Croix also undertook the construction of a model farm close to the château, where he raised cows and cultivated wines and cereals.