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With its outbuildings, dovecote and gothic bridge, this little gem is one of the region’s most admired architectural ensembles. The stunning gardens surrounding the property come with decoratively-shaped trees and panoramic views of the Osse valley. Hidden behind the Château du Fréchou’s austere façade is the promise of an intimate and romantic haven.
I was looking to buy a chateau in the great Southwest region. I pretty much came across Fréchou by chance. I was immediately enchanted by the site and the architecture. There is no denying that this property is both charming and romantic. Only afterwards did I discover the region, and Gascony captivated me in the same way with its authenticity, tranquillity, Tuscan-like landscapes, clean air and soft light.
Built on an older site, the chateau dates back to the 13th century. Two of the facades, which are flanked by two round towers, have retained their medieval appearance. The largest of them is still in perfect condition and very neatly put together. The southern façade overlooks the garden, in 1560 it was redesigned as the entrance pavilion by Francois de Montpezat and houses a magnificent Renaissance style staircase. The chateau also has an Italian inspired orangery, a stunning dovecote and a small medieval building with a ribbed vault which have all been beautifully preserved.
The castrum of Fréchou is mentioned in 1259, then owned by the Cazenove family. The two towers date from this era. In 1536, it became the property of Alain de Montpezat, married in second marriage in 1536 to Françoise de Gua, lady of the Fréchou. The Castle took its place in history thanks to François II de Montpezat de Laugnac, one of the forty-five loyal gentlemen of the King of France Henri III, who on December 23, 1588 assassinated the Duke of Guise. This political assassination enabled the Protestant Henri de Navarre to become Henri IV after the death of Henri III. The property became a farm in the nineteen century. It was bought and restored by Michel and Aline Taulet in the 1970s. I acquired the castle in 2017. It is know a guest house and a place dedicated to the organization of events, receptions and weddings.
A stay at Fréchou comes with the guarantee of a rural environment and tranquillity. Although easily accessible, the chateau is the ideal starting point for anyone looking explore the Albret region’s gastronomic traditions and Gascony’s culinary culture which can easily be found nearby.
The region surrounding Fréchou is full of authentic villages with remarkable churches and interesting historical residences. The commune of Nérac (which is famous for its melon production) features Roman ruins, the castle-museum of the Albret, 17th and 18th century private mansions, and numerous chateaus. Of course, there is no lack of excellent restaurants serving local products, but there are too many to name.
In finer weather, receptions take place in the orangery which opens onto the Italian garden and can accommodate up to one hundred and fifty standing guests. A tent can also be provided on the chateau’s northern terrace and accommodates one hundred people. Receptions can also take place in the hall of honour which can accommodate up to fifty people for a sit-down dinner.
We host several music events in the orangery over the summer.
The orangery also serves as an exhibition venue for local artists during the summer period. Free entry.
The gardens are open to the visitors between July and August.
Private guided tours are proposed to the visitors with or without appointment, between July and August. The chateau offers tours for individual visitors and groups.