Presentation of the chateau

 The gardens of the chateau of Poudenas cover 25 acres and were planted at the end of the 18th century and the beginning of the 19th by the Count of Dijon who was the owner at that time. The gardens have something to offer everyone - for a simple stroll or for the confirmed -or budding! - botanist .

No fewer than a hundred different species can be found if you look carefully! Cedars from the Atlas and from Lebanon, several varieties of oaks, walnuts, elms, ash, maples, elms from Siberia, wild cherry trees, ginkobilobas, khakis, linden trees and many others.

You can take a path lined with cypresses, some of which date from the 17th century, the time when the Gascon fortress was transformed into an Italian villa open for festivities. Italian artists and architects living in Agen to be near Bishop Della Rovere took the initiative to re-create a Tuscan landscape at this site.

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When you have steeped yourself in the charm of this environment you can proceed to the Portal that leads to the interior courtyard. There you will discover the memorable harmonious architecture of this place.

In the main building which is over 260 feet long there are six large rooms in succession, each with a different style and furnishings depending on the period of its decorating, re-furbishing or restoration.

From the east to the west you will find in succession

  • The old stables with their vaulted ceiling that in the 17th century adjoined the north wall.
  • the old pool room from the same period
  • The grand living room which was entirely re-modeled in the 20th century in classical Italian style. Several portraits of former owners hang there, including ones of the Marquis and Marquise de Nadaillac with their children around them.
  • The small library which was transformed in the 19th century and decorated with wood carved by the owner of that time, Stephanie de Virieu.
  • The tiled Guard Room has a French ceiling and an imposing stone fireplace from the beginning of the 16th century. Above its mantle is the coat of arms of Poudenas.
  • The dining room is decorated in 18th century style and has a parquet floor similar to the ones in Versailles.