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A château saved by thousands of people around the world

Enter in a timeless place, different from other common monument. After its house fire in 1932, this architectural madness of the 19th century, became a living ruin.

Located in France’s most famous valley, the castle of la Mothe Chandeniers is a uniquely romantic landmark, stunningly crafted, shrouded in mystery and spectacularly taken over by nature. Throughout its history, its halls have witnessed decadent feasts, silent abandonment, ambitious reconstruction works, a tragic fire and, more recently, an unlikely collection of guardians.

Récemment sauvé de la ruine, il appartient aujourd’hui à des milliers de passionnés dans le monde…


A true architectural madness

Where nature and architecture live in a perfect harmony


News of la Mothe Chandeniers

Find here the latest news of the most romantic ruin in the world: articles, reports, photos, volunteer sites, restoration work, etc.



An exceptional place to discover

Come and discover a unique monument near the charming town of Trois-Moutiers.

Public opening in 2020!

🌳 In 2020, you will be guided through a real oasis of greenery, rich in unexpected panoramas and hidden wonders. A delight for nature lovers, castle enthusiasts and castle explorers. Right down to the heart of the ruins, you can discover a harmony between nature and unrivalled architecture.

Spring 2020

Free roam visit

For 1 hour, a few minutes or a delightful morning, walk off freely to discover the castle park and admire the thousand faces of this most mysterious ruins.

Guided tour

Relive the incredible history of the Mothe Chandeniers families with a 1h30 guided tour. Let yourself be guided in a true green oasis, rich of unexpected panoramas and hidden wonders.


A green oasis in the most famous valley of France

4 route de roiffé, 86120 Les Trois-Moutiers