The village of Apremont clings picturesquely to the rocky sides of the Vie valley.  Lying 26km north-west of La Roche-sur-Yon in the Vendee, Apremont is dominated by a tall water-tower and by the romantic remains of a Renaissance castle.

Two towers and a chapel remain of the castle built in 1534 by Admiral Philippe Chabot de Brion on the site of an earlier stronghold.  On 17 April 1622 King Louis XIII is said to have slept here after defeating the Protestant army at Riez.  The castle later fell into disrepair and, in 1733, it was partially demolished.

Today you can climb its east tower via a series of empty rooms, looking out over the village rooftops, until you reach the magnificent network of wooden beams that supports the pointed roof.

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