Château de Puyguilhem (Villars)

The Château de Puyguilhem, also called Puyguilhem Castle, is a château in the commune of Villars in north of the Dordogne, France. Built between 1514 and 1535, the Renaissance style castle like that of the Loire castles was classified as a historical monument in 20 March 1912 and the grounds, woods, and outskirts were registered in 19 May 1945. It is owned by the state of France.[1] It is open to the public.[2]

Château de Puyguilhem
LocationVillars, Dordogne, France
Coordinates45°25′33″N 0°44′40″E
Built1514 to 1535
Architectural style(s)Renaissance and Gothic architecture
Governing bodyMinistère de la Culture
Official name: Historic monument of France - castle
Designated20 March 1912
Reference no.PA00083065
Official name: Historic monument of France - grounds and outskirts
Designated19 May 1945
Reference no.PA00083065
Location of Château de Puyguilhem in France


The construction of the castle of Puyguilhem began in 1514,[3] sponsored by Mondot de La Marthonie, first president of the Parliament of Paris. A close friend of Francis I of France and lawyer to the king's mother Louise of Savoy, he administered the kingdom when the king went to war.[4] The modest castle was built as a secondary residence and hunting lodge for La Marthonie and its layout is fitting for a nobleman of the time.

Formerly protected by defensive works, it now consists of a main house flanked by two towers and a turret of stairs.[1] The first of two stages of construction was completed in 1524, which included the foundations, part of the corner tower and the hexagonal turret. The second stage was completed in 1535. Its design oscillates between two epochs, medieval and renaissance.[3] Several elements recall the Gothic style of the Middle Ages, while the additions made in the second phase of construction are like the Loire castles. The park contains a dovecote.[3]

The castle fell into ruin and in 1939 the state of France took ownership and restored the building.[2] Since February 2008, it has been managed by the Centre des monuments nationaux (Center of National Monuments).[2][4]


  1. "Monuments historiques: Castle of Puyguilhem (reference PA00083065)". Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication. Retrieved 28 April 2017.
  2. "Château de Puyguilhem". Centre des monuments nationaux. Retrieved 28 April 2017.
  3. "Chateau de Puyguilhem - Dordogne". North of the Dordogne site. Retrieved 28 April 2017.
  4. "Château de Puyguilhem (archive)". Centre des monuments nationaux. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 28 April 2017.

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