Vallon-en-Sully Castle -Chateau de Peufeilhoux

Vallon-en-Sully Castle – Chateau de Peufeilhoux

Hidden away from most big roads in a little village in the Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes region, perched high up on a rock is the Chateau de Peufeilhoux.

The construction of the Chateau de Peufeilhoux started towards the end of the 15th century with bits added over the centuries that followed.

Outer walls of the Vallon-en-Sully Castle -Chateau de Peufeilhoux
Outer walls of the Vallon-en-Sully Castle -Chateau de Peufeilhoux

The Chateau de Peufeilhoux is now a hotel specialised in events (mostly marriages and other events), but they do rent out rooms for the night if no event is planned.

Courtyard of the Vallon-en-Sully Castle -Chateau de Peufeilhoux
Courtyard of the Vallon-en-Sully Castle -Chateau de Peufeilhoux

The castle has 5 round towers and 4 square ones. The castle itself is surrounded by woods, which makes it an interesting day trip for those not wanting to stay in the hotel since you can visit the castle (for a fee). They even organise guided tours, including secret passageways and stairs.

Inside the courtyard of the Vallon-en-Sully Castle -Chateau de Peufeilhoux
Inside the courtyard of the Vallon-en-Sully Castle -Chateau de Peufeilhoux

One of the outbuildings is used as banquet/function room with a rather large seating capabilities:

Banquet building of the Vallon-en-Sully Castle -Chateau de Peufeilhoux
Banquet building of the Vallon-en-Sully Castle -Chateau de Peufeilhoux

The inside, including a chapel, is well furnished. Touring the inside will give you a good idea what it was like to live in such a place as a Lord of the domain.

Small dining room inside the Vallon-en-Sully Castle -Chateau de Peufeilhoux
Small dining room inside the Vallon-en-Sully Castle -Chateau de Peufeilhoux

All the rooms can be visited.

Presentation room inside the Vallon-en-Sully Castle -Chateau de Peufeilhoux
Presentation room inside the Vallon-en-Sully Castle -Chateau de Peufeilhoux

A guide, probably the owner or his son, will show you around the castle.

Living quarters inside the Vallon-en-Sully Castle -Chateau de Peufeilhoux
Living quarters inside the Vallon-en-Sully Castle -Chateau de Peufeilhoux

On an interesting side note, they have a tame boar who was raised as a baby with their dogs. Now the boar thinks it’s a dog, plays like a dog, behaves like a dog. You can pet it, just don’t let the 100 kilos run free, since everything in its path will be knocked over.

Tame boar that thinks its a dog at the Vallon-en-Sully Castle -Chateau de Peufeilhoux
Tame boar that thinks its a dog at the Vallon-en-Sully Castle -Chateau de Peufeilhoux

Click here to access the castle/hotel web site (in French only)
Click here to see other castles in the area

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