The Chateau de la Roche Courbon is located midway between Saintes and Rochefort and around 50 minutes from the cottages.
With evidence of human occupation on the site since prehistoric times, a castle fortification was built in the 15th century, and was converted into a more comfortable residence in the 17th century by the Courbon family. Sold in 1817, the estate was for some time abandoned until it was rescued in 1920 whereupon restoration work began. It is now a National Monument.
The Chateau is open throughout the summer from 10am to 7pm. It is possible to tour parts of the castle (guided tours only). There is an English tour on Tuesdays at noon, but if you take a French language tour, a written translation of the commentary will be made available.
There is a nice cafe by the parking area at the entrance to the Chateau. Otherwise, we suggest you take a picnic with you and stop off on the way at the pretty island and tourist area of le Mung. About 35 minutes after leaving Villemorin, you will enter the town of Saint-Savinien, which is built on the banks of the Charente river. Once you have crossed the river, you will see the picnic area and a boating lake with some super small boats for kids, immediately to your right. Note that the boating lake is only open on Sundays in May, June and September, and every afternoon in July and August. There are also picnic tables, toilets, and nice river walks, available throughout the year.
If this chateau doesn't slate your hunger for history, the Chateau de Crazannes is nearby!