The Château de la Gataudière, located in Marennes-Hiers-Brouage commune in the Charente-Maritime department in southwestern FranceNouvelle-Aquitaine region.

Located 10 minutes from Rochefort.

It was built in 1749 by François Fresneau de la Gataudière.

It is a long building, centred on a central pavilion of three bays adorned with pilasters, with a triangular pediment which overhangs the rest of the house.

The set presents a symmetry of 11 spans with a basement of half-storey rooms, a floor of high windows with the upper part in a semicircle, openings of the second floor in the break in the roof (four on each side) and in the pediment.

On the garden side, a terrace hides the base. The pediment is carved with a “triumph of Flora.”

The castle and the terrace are classified by decree of 3 March 1949.

The Louis XIV park and fountain have been listed as a historic monument since 20 December 1948 and the park of the Château de la Gataudière was included in the pre-inventory of remarkable gardens.

The castle furniture is original: Louis XIII – Regency – Louis XV. The wood panelling and the central stone living room have characteristic eighteenth century décor.

GPS coordinates: 45° 50′ 05″ N, 1° 06′ 51″ E

Shortest distances by car:

  • From Paris: 5 hr 18 min (499 km) via A10
  • From Bordeaux: 1 hr 58 min (155 km) via A10
  • From Lyon: 6 hr 44 min (668 km) via A89
  • From Marseille: 7 hr 45 min (792 km) via A62
  • From Toulouse: 4 hr 8 min (393 km) via A62 and A10
  • From Monaco: 9 hr 29 min (974 km) via A62
  • From Andorra: 6 hr 16 min (575 km) via A62
  • From Madrid: 8 hr 48 min (848 km) via A-1
  • From Moscow: 36 hr (3,405 km) via E30/M1
  • From Belgrade: 21 hr 34 min (2,024 km) via E70
  • From Istanbul: 32 hr (2,973 km) via E70
  • From Bern: 9 hr 30 min (859 km) via A1

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See also Andorra travel guide

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