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Tip 4 for the summer is the romantic ruins of the Castle of Ebaupinay near Le-Breuil-sous-Argenton, 14 km from our place

By Sevrein (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The Ebaupinay ruins, by Sevrein (Own work) CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

In February 1458 the knight François de Vendel was granted permission by Charlex VII, king of France, to transform his mansion l’Ebaupinay into a stronghold. Thereafter the Ebaupinay fortress (or  “maison-forte”) was inhabited until the French Révolution in 1793, when it was sacked. Later again, the timberwork and flooring where burnt out during the Vendée’s civil wars. Still, the main frame, substancially built with pink granit stones, keeps a remarquable stature.

This 15th century castle/fortress is for ruin lovers! It is situated in the middle of some fields, and with a farm as its closest neighbour. Nothing much going on around it, but it is a site well worth visiting. Bring your sketch book or your camera!

The closest towns for a snack afterwards are Argenton les Vallées or Thouars. We’ll write more about these towns later this summer.

And if you’ve got some cash to spare, this magnificent ruin could be yours!