A few miles south of Bergerac is the castle which has been owned by the Monbazillac winery since 1960. The Château's kitchens, installed in these walls, have retained all the utensils required necessary for the famous French Southwestern cuisine. At the end of the visit every visitor is offered a taste of Monbazillac.
This castle is in the Sarlat-la-Caneda district and is dedicated to the art of war in the Middle Ages. There's a large collection of weapons and armory. It has a nice view where you can see Beynac and La Roque gageac marqueyssac. Outside, you can see various medieval weapons such as the catapult, trebuchet, pumps, etc.
Here´s a little bit of history for you: Richard I, called "Richard the Lionheart" captured the castle in the year 1197 and then moved to the central tower. The origin of the chapel dates back to the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. A place not to be missed for its history and atmosphere, which is very nice.
Clérans Castle is situated in the center of the village of San Leon sur Vézère. You can not visit it because it is classed as private property. The castle features a beautiful interior design that you can only see if you know the owners. The building as a whole is a pure masterpiece of arrows, towers and and battlements, which all display a medieval style. It has a very romantic view because the castle is reflected in the Vézère river flowing at your feet. Absolutely beautiful!
The castle is still inhabited so you can only see a part. There's a legend of "the white lady" which says that the sixteenth-century Castilian Teresa of Saint Clar was caught with her lover when her husband returned home from war. As punishment, she was ordered to remain imprisoned in a small room in the north tower for 15 years.