Saint Marcel was first a “strong house” which already existed at the end of the 11h century. It was restored and renovated by Jean de Talaru, at the end of the 16th century and took on the aspect it still has today. It was listed as a French Historical monument more than 40 years ago.
Outside, three magnificent stone farm buildings surround a fine wrought iron gate, which leads into a walled garden covering 8 acres. It was restored as closely as possible to what was usual in the 16th and 17th century around this type of house. The garden has a bowling green, a boxwood maze and small paths running among sculptures and through secret enclosed green rooms. Your steps will finally take you to the canal, restored to its original dimensions, its water lying flush with the grass lawn. At the far end of the walled garden, two pavilions and a family chapel mark the limit between the garden and the countryside. An open-air theatre hides just beyond the edge of the woods.
Inside the castle you will marvel at the beautiful Renaissance courtyard and at the rooms with their 17th century wood panelling painted with baskets of fruits and flowers.
Vieilles Pierres, Jeunes Plantes à Saint Marcel de Félines
The castle is open to visits from Easter to the last weekend in October: on Sundays and bank holidays and every Monday in August – every day for groups, by reservation only.
2.30pm – 3.30pm – 4.30pm
Visit of the castle and walled garden: (special days)
Group from 20 persons
Free for holders of the “La Clef des Châteaux et des Jardins” card, this pass can be obtained on the internet site of the Demeure Historique: