Welcome to the website of
“Château de Coussay”
1 allée du cardinal
05 49 50 43 48

Coussay Castle is a “prioral” castle built by Bishop Denis Briçonnet who was prior of Coussay and bishop of Saint Malo, Toulon and Lodève. Indeed, around 1520, returning from an embassy in Italy for several years to Pope Leon Xth, “seduced by the beauty of the place, he decided to build his home there”.
This is how this castle was born, a mixture, by its plan, of a protective and closed past, and of a nascent style open to the countryside, inspired by the innovative beauty of the Italian Renaissance. It is one of the monuments of the first French Renaissance.
A little less than a century later, it was inhabited by Armand-Jean Duplessis, then Bishop of Luçon, before he became the famous Cardinal of Richelieu in 1622.

The exterior of the castle is freely visible all year by walking around the moat on the private path.

Free of charge guided tours in the castle garden are organized by the Tourist Office of Haut Poitou:
Sunday, may 14, 2023 from 3pm to 5pm

2023 Heritage Days on September 16 and 17:
Free walk outside the moat
Saturday, September 16, 2023 from 10 am to 6 pm
Sunday, September 17, 2023 from 10 am to 6 pm
Free of charge guided tours in the castle garden
Saturday, September 16, 2022 from 10.30 am to 12 am and from 3 pm to 6.30 pm
Sunday, September 17, 2022 from 10 am to 12 am and from 2.30 pm to 6.30 pm