Ruins of Rochebonne castle, ArdècheRuins of Rochebonne castle, Ardèche

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    These ruins are only locally renown. Very good off the path spot Fritz!
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      Very nice description and tips Fritz!
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      Yes. A plan might be helpful huh?
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A romantic ruin in a unique sight. Easy to find.

My experience, Explo description: 

The first written references about Rochebonne date back to the 11th century. Among the lords who have successively lived there is Pons de Brion (1273) and Guillaume de Chateauneuf (1300-1330).

During the Wars of Religion, the castle played a military role : Pons de Rochebonne was one of the main Catholic leaders in the region. The castle was taken in 1577 by the Protestant leader Lacroix, and again in 1580, and again looted and destroyed in 1595. Its ruins probably date from this period since around 1760, the priest of Saint-Martin says that the castle was completely destroyed.

The castle played no role during the French Revolution.

In 1980 was formed the Association of Friends of Rochebonne in order to consolidate the ruins.

The panorama is superb, with a true aerial view of the verdant valley of Eyrieux and in the distance, the chain of "Sucs" from which emerge among others Mézenc and Mont Gerbier de Jonc mounts.

The castle is perched on a narrow steep rock. You can still see the remains of a square tower of the 11th or 12th century, with some narrow openings for the archers shooting.

My personal recommendations: 

At the base of the rock, south, I noticed a wall pierced with windows. It was a 15th century residential building, built-in against the bottom of the dungeon.

How getting there: 

Take the road from Saint-Martin-de-Valamas to Saint-Jean-Roure (D478, 5km to go). At a 850m high altitude, leave the car on the roadside (little car park in a curve) and go down the cliff : 50m to go down.

Useful information: 
Open hours: 

All day long.

Visit duration: 

5mn to go down, and 10 to go up !

Entry fees: 

Free !