CnP: Please share an interesting fact about your castle?
CL: There is an underground passage that leads to the outside of the castle. It was designed so that the lord could escape during a siege for instance. We are now working to restore it! Also, in the well, there is a place to hide in case of an invasion. I have one more interesting thing to tell you. When the Hundred Years War was coming to en end, and right before the siege of Orleans, Joan of Arc and her followers came here to get horses. It was already well-known for the quality of the battle horses which were bred here. And we had unique stables that supplied royal stallions back in the 16th century. This is the time when the stables were remodeled from medieval stables to become a real gem of the castle. Back in the Middle Ages the building was simple and functional. It had no ornaments and then it just changed. The stables got decorative elements as well, the building became not only functional but remarkable too. Imagine – it was for the first time in the equestrian architecture! The royal stables were right at the entrance of the estate housing king's horses and horses of the lord of the castle.
CnP: This is incredible! You say the stables were rebuilt in the 16th century, if we look at the castle, what's the oldest part?
CL: The oldest part is the keep!