Space 1 – The courtyard
The courtyard offers a unique view of each of the château’s buildings.
It allows you to time travel with a single glance. The journey begins with the Grand Logis (around 1470), the square tower or keep (13th century), the 14th century wall, 13th century entrance tower (toilets), the trestle bridge entrance (15th century) with shop, Logis des Hôtes [Guest House] (1470), the south tower (14th century?), chapel (1281).
Space 2 – Logis des Hôtes Interpretative Centre
The Logis des Hôtes (guest house), built around 1470 by Philippe Pot, have now been renovated and house the castle’s interpretation centre.
Your senses will be awakened to discover its history, its construction, its architecture thanks to a unique scenography and interactive mediation tools.
Space 3 – The Flaming Tower (the Southwest Tower)
This defensive tower built in the 14th century hides typical Châteauneuf “treasures”: notably a cute sculpture of a character hidden in the decorative volutes of the door, latrines built into the thickness of the walls. The ground floor was used to watch over the valley. A basement room, with no entrance, provided an extra level of defence and storage space.
Space 4 – The chapel
In the chapel, some outstanding 15th century murals can be seen, the work of a great painter who belonged to the Burgundy Dukes’ entourage.
Built around 1281 by the Châteauneuf family, it was in the 15th century that Philippe Pot decided to redecorate it in the colours of his coat of arms and had magnificent floor tiles laid.
Space 5 – Logis Philippe Pot (Philippe Pot house)
The furnished apartments of the Grand Logis (main living quarters) offer a glimpse of the way of life in a medieval castle under the Ancien Régime.
The Grand Logis was built by Philippe Pot certainly from the 1470s. The luxurious decorations of this period are preserved, consisting of mural paintings and terracotta tiles and a rare 15th century apartment. The building was refurbished in the 17th and 18th centuries by the Vienne family, with beautiful doorways. A set of 7 tapestries, retracing the life of Moses, woven around 1600 in Flanders, warms the walls of the 15th century apartment.
Space 6 – The loft
The loft gives access to the roofs of the Grand Logis. This space allows you to see the two floors of apartments fitted out by Philippe Pot at the end of the 15th century in the very high roofs of the castle offering a magnificent view over the courtyard as well as over the valley. A delight!
Space 7 – The Châteauneuf tower and the temporary exhibition space
The square tower (or keep) dating from the 13th century is certainly the oldest part of the castle.
On the outside, we can still see its defensive openings. Around 1456, under Philippe Pot, then chancellor to the Duke of Burgundy, the interior was rebuilt to become a dwelling place. In the 17th century, the Vienne family set up a ceremonial room there with portraits. Today, on the ground floor, you will find the entrance to the temporary exhibitions.
Space 8 – The vegetable garden
Of medieval inspiration, the vegetable garden includes nearly 90 species of aromatic and medicinal plants. Discover their uses long ago: dyes, treatments, food, cosmetics, magic, etc. And let us tell you about the history of these plants!
Space 9 – Reception and shop
The reception in the castle courtyard is where you will buy your entrance tickets and find our shop with art, historical and technical books, novels, as well as fun and decorative objects for children and adults.