Château de Pesteils, by Yvonne de Miramon

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The Château de Pesteils, perched on a rocky promontory overlooking the village of Polminhac and the Cère Valley, is a historic castle with a rich legacy dating back to the Middle Ages. The imposing 40-meter-high keep of the castle dates from the end of the Middle Ages, specifically the 14th and 15th centuries. During the second half of the 17th century, the main body of the castle and the corner pavilion were expanded. Significant renovations were undertaken at the end of the 19th century by Anatole and his son Gabriel de Miramon, under the guidance of architect Émile Lemaigre, which gave the castle its current layout.

The interior of the castle, particularly the ground floor, was remodeled in the neo-Gothic style and boasts an impressive double-revolution staircase in the entrance hall. The castle is decorated with 15th-century frescoes, 17th-century painted ceilings depicting scenes from Greek mythology, and early 20th-century wall paintings by Félix Tourdes. The castle’s park was redesigned in the early 20th century and includes a terrace, a kitchen garden, and an orchard.

The Château de Pesteils has been owned by the Cassagne de Beaufort de Miramon Pesteils family since 1608 and is currently inhabited by Yvonne de Miramon. The castle is open to the public for visits, featuring wax figures that illustrate seven centuries of daily life at Pesteils, and it has been classified as a historical monument. The castle’s impressive history and artistry make it a significant cultural and historical site in the region.