A medieval gem sitting on a hill, the castle is a surprising site with one of the most beautiful Renaissance courtyards. The eventful history of the region is the reason for the existence of this stately architectural token of the past, as if to whisper in our ears that beauty survives the test of time. The visit of the castle echoes the activity taking place within its walls: the University of Wine has been housed there for 40 years, and inspired the permanent exhibition on the subject of meals and wine. Smell, taste and travel through the renowned vineyards around

A castle where history abounds!

Once the property of the Lords of Baux, it is actually believed that one of the ladies of the castle inspired its name ‘la Rousse’ – the red head, because of her temperament and the colour of her hair. The castle would later become a military fortress before being used as a country house. Overlooking the village, it symbolises the power and wealth of the Lords who had it built. Visiting it is getting to know it better, before falling under its spell… and what a spell!

The exterior

The park stretches around the castle built out of reddish stone, a vast wooded area where the walls of a real-tennis court, a dove cot and a chapel still stand. These ruins give the impression that a secret part of the story quit the place forever, but are inviting you to follow the clues for an answer, for every step you take through this garden. The path relentlessly takes visitors back to the castle’s impressive front door, which seems to be awaiting the Lord on his way back from hunting.

The interior

The rooms fan out around the main courtyard. As you step through the rooms, the Gypseries (decorative plasterwork) depict the myths admired by French aristocracy throughout centuries and general ornamental themes found in famous chateaux: the four seasons respond to the elements, which indeed do rage in this region. The Mistral wind is represented, as is the river’s water. The monumental fireplaces have retained magnificent frescos of battles, the clamour of which still resounds as you look closely. A visit not to be missed!

The Castle of Suze la Rousse