Château de la Bonnetière
Location: Chaussée (La), in the Vienne departement of France (Poitou-Charentes Region).
Built: 17th century.
Condition: In good condition.
Ownership / Access: Privately owned.
ISMH Reference Number: PA00105407
Notes: Château de la Bonnetière is located in the town of La Chaussee (Vienna). Dovecote dates from the fourteenth century and could accommodate about 1300 pigeons.It dates back to the thirteenth century. Ancient fortress, Castle Bonnetière Loudunais was part of the defense system. Originally, four towers with loopholes and connected by a building close courtyard. The castle is attacked and partially burned by the British in June 1350 and three buildings disappear. In the seventeenth, the Vaucelles family undertakes a major restoration, and in the eighteenth century, Marreau of Boisguérin are building two houses adjoining the entrance towers. The octagonal dovecote in the courtyard, dated fourteenth century is one of the oldest Loudunais. It was listed as a historic monument 29 September 1987. The chapel houses an exhibition on the history of the castle.
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