A thousand years old castle...

Welcome to the official Internet site of the castle of Villebois- Lavalette

in the department of the Charente 


Version française/french version


A thousand year old castle, set at the top of a village listed as  « Petite Cité de Caractère »,

birthplace and capital of the famous local delicacy « the cornuelle »


This thousand year old castle which has known many lives, commands a superb panorama

of rolling hills which can be admired from the promenade at the top of Puy Sanseau.



Other tours can be scheduled by reservation (4 adults minimum) and according to our availability.

We have a translation booklet in English . Don't hesitate and ask for it!

Careful! Most of the guided tour takes place in the exterior, so when it is hot don't forget to take your hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, water... And when it is rainy, don't forget your umbrella!

Information  : 05 45 62 28 44

Guided tours 2018 :

Visit the castle of Villebois - Lavalette in February and March

 we offer free or guided tours with booklet (in French or English)

3: 00 from Monday to Saturday / reservation from 4 adults. 

Other times and dates on booking, contact us...

Upcoming events at the castle :

12ème Foire des Rameaux et Fête de la Cornuelle

Sunday/, 04/ 25th 

 Big brocante, arts and crafts exhibition and animations in order to celebrate the local gastronomic specialty : the cornuelle! 

 from 10:15am: Palm Sunday benediction and mass  at the Market Place (les Halles) 

► Photography contest exhibition near the "salle des fêtes" (community hall, located in the Grand Rue).

     Another exhibition will be located in the Town Hall: 


 Guided tours of the village:

 10:30am - 14:15pm - 4:15pm (departure at the association local) 

 ► Guided tours of the Castle:

 11:15am - 3:00pm - 5.00pm - (departure at the castle)


         ► At 3:00 pm:  Concert of traditional music with the group " The BAGAD KEVRENN BALZAC"

             at the Champ de Foire place 

         ► Meal (reservation only) at the salles des fêtes at noon: 18€ per adult, 9€ per child (under 12 y/o) 


         ► Procession with giant Cornuelles, prepared by the village's bakers, tasting and drinks: 

             from 5:30pm at the market placeplace

Born in 2016 by OTPHT de Villebois-Lavalette, this website informs you about visits and activities organized by the association

"Friends of the Castle and Heritage of Villebois-Lavalette and its partners (Coordination by the association)

Photo credit (background image): Don McCrae for Studio Lavalette

Other photos the friends of the castle and the heritage of Villebois Lavalette. (C.G.M)