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The Château du Busca-Maniban occupies the whole headland, overlooking neighbouring valleys.

The ancient chapel pre-dates the château

Visitors to the property will not fail to notice the old kitchen with its rustic bread oven, or the guard room's impressive fireplace. The Chapel in the south wing probably dates back to the 15th century, pre-dating the château, having no doubt been part of the fortified medieval town of Busca.

Elegant architecture

This property is a typical example of classical architecture in Gascony and is therefore classified as a historical monument. History has spared this site and we are privileged today to see the château as it was originally built.

The main building has three floors, is 80 m long and runs north-south between the courtyard and garden. East and west wings run perpendicular to both ends of the main building, while an arched, stone gateway opens onto the main courtyard. The majestic Doric span and arched pediment of the château's main entrance are a perfect example of its classical architectural style. The overall structure is impressive, with over two acres of roofing.

As is often the case in this type of building, part of the frontage is in fact a trompe-l’œil. What appears to be two floors on the left-hand side of the building is actually a single, lofty, open space, the Great Hall. An architect's dream, this outstanding light trap houses a monumental staircase, with wood and stone columns and pilasters reminiscent of the Ionic style popular in 17th-century architecture.
The wrought iron banister, in all its elegance and moderation, features in architecture books published at the turn of the 18th century.

Another key feature of the architecure is the so-called Italian Room, a thousand cubic metres in volume, two floors high and with a square vault ceiling. This room is a small-scale version of the Toulouse Capitol's 'Salle des Illustres' (which houses busts of historic personalities), with its cartouche frames and cornices, portraying historic local personalities, inlcuding warriors, members of parliament, clergymen and historians.

View of the Great Hall from the first floor mezzanine.

The castle is closed for visit but the boutique is open.

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