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THE CASTLE

Nestled in a deep park, Menthon castle is one of the architectural jewels of Savoy.

 

It is also a very lively residence, still occupied by the same family for almost 1000 years.

THE ARCHITECTURAL EVOLUTION OF THE CASTLE

At the origin of the castle in the 12th century, there were only 3 tall square towers connected by walkways and housing – a large courtyard where villagers found refuge during troubled times.

During the Renaissance, the austere castle was transformed into a place to live. Then, at the end of the eighteenth century a facade comes out of the ground, opening a view overlooking the lake.

 

Then, at theend of the 19th century, under the impulse of the great-grandfather of the current owners, René de Menthon, the castle began its great metamorphosis towards this romantic subtlety that gives it its charm and even its mystery... To the point that a certain Walt Disney, on holiday in the region, was inspired by it for the castle of Sleeping Beauty!

Today, it is a precious testimony to what life in a Savoyard castle has been like, gradually transformed into a rich seigneurial residence.

FAMILY RESIDENCE FOR TEN CENTURIES

It remains one of the few castles in France to belong to the same family for 23 known generations.

 

From Saint Bernard de Menthon (10th century), patron saint of the inhabitants of the Alps, to René de Menthon or François de Menthon, Companion of the Liberation and French Prosecutor at the Nuremberg Military Tribunal, come and discover the history of this family.

Children on a chariot in the courtyard of Menthon Castle, around 1900

© 2019 Château de Menthon-Saint-Bernard

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