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Holidays in the Languedoc:   Working:   The Château de St-Ferriol

The Château de St-Ferriol is a Late Medieval - Early Renaissance château fort in southern France.
Coutryside photographed from the Château Standard Poodle with Puppies Kitchen wall at the Château Château and village seen from the north-west Kitchen Chandelier Looking west from the  Château Stone carving in the Château Evening view from the Château The Château seen from the East

Built to be defensible, it used the latest mililary techniques of the period, notably bastions placed at the four corners of a rectangular building enclosing an inner court. These bastions are furnished with gun ports (cannoniers) to provide covering fire to all external walls. Later changes, made around 1600 made it a more comfortable residence for the barons de St-Ferriol.
The château is situated on a ridge, overlooking valleys to the North and South, in the heart of the village of St-Ferriol, near the towns of Quillan and Esperaza in the Aude département of the Languedoc-Roussillon Région. It is within sight of Rennes-le-château, the focus of numerous mysteries involving hidden treasure and in the heart of Cathar Country.
The Château de St-Ferriol is listed, and is currently undergoing renovation so is not open to the general public. The owners need assistance with the work in hand and with organic farming, and welcome volunteers all year round to help with a range of work including gardening, woodland, restauration, archaeology, historical research or fund raising.
For more information about voluntary work and contact details, click on this external link to the Château de St-Ferriol site.
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