Un château du XIII ème siècle devenu gîte de charme dans la Drôme

A privileged witness to several century of local history

Château de Montfroc offers its visitors the opportunity to enjoy the scenery during hikes and cultural visits, in a sunny and calm atmosphere.

The Château, built progressively over the centuries, is composed of three main parts :

–      the Old Tower dating of the Middle Ages ;
–      The Old castle, the former fortified aristocratic farmhouse, with its beautiful living quarters and its outstanding dovecote from the 15th and 16th century ;
–      An elegant wing was added at the 18th century. ;

From Middle Ages till the 20th century, the estate was a working farm, having sheepfold, stables and a regal dovecote, whose East facade has been decorated with a sundial. These original features are what give the building its aspect reminiscent of a farm-castle.

With the construction of its wing in the 18th century the farm began its time as a residential estate. François René Charles de la Tour du Pin Montauban, Seigneur of Montfroc and Curel, marquis of Lachau wanted the existing farmhouse to become more beautiful and comfortable, and can be considered as the man who started this complete makeover.

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Montfroc, a charming village and the Jabron valley

The Jabron valley runs from East to West, in the South is the Lure mountain, to the North, the Baronnies mountain which creates the ancient border, separating Provence and the Dauphiné. Located in the region of the Alpes de Haute Provence, the valley ranges in altitude from between 460 m and 1622 m above sea level.

The village of Montfroc, at 750 m above the sea level, is the penultimate village if coming from Sisteron. On the “adret” (sunny) slope, the countryside extends over the Palle montain ; on the other “ubac” (shaded) slope it extends to the Lure ridge. For those Visitors who want to reach Banon by crossing the ridge, it’s possible to walk the ancient path starting from Villevieille that leads to the other slope through the pass of the Roche (1314m ).

One peculiarity of Montfroc is its continued administrative dependence on the Drôme departement, and on the Rhône-Alpes region.