Batch. On the heights of the Dordogne river, the Château de Taillefer rises from its ashes

Batch. On the heights of the Dordogne river, the Château de Taillefer rises from its ashes
Batch. On the heights of the Dordogne river, the Château de Taillefer rises from its ashes

By Jean-Claude Bonnemère
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10 May 24 at 7:00

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Saturday May 4, 2024 marks the opening of a new chapter in the centuries-old history of the Château de Taillefer, commune of Gintrac, stronghold on the heights of the “ Esperance River“, with the launch of a phase of work to consolidate the ruins and secure visitor access to the site and its viewpoint.


Christophe Proença, mayor of Gintrac and president of Cauvaldor was surrounded by a range of personalities to mark this event of the kick-off of the work, which resulted in the cutting of a ribbon in the colors of the Republic. It has been several years since the mayor of this small town has been toying with this project to promote the site of the Château de Taillefer, with the complicity in particular of Marc Cales, president of the Association for the Protection of the Château de Taillefer, a craftsman with the other members. of the association, of tireless action to convince of the interest of the approach.

An adventure lasting almost 10 years

Thanks to the in-depth work of the association and the partnership established with the municipality of Gintrac since 2014, a structuring project has been developed. The funding requested from partners, State, Europe, Region, Department and Cauvaldor was finally obtained. The meeting of Sylvie and Marc Cales with this magical place overcame all the difficulties to be overcome and thus saw this project come to fruition. The association began at their instigation in connection with Guy Sérieys, then mayor of Gintrac. From one municipality to another, the project continues and the new municipal team is increasing its motivation. It is likely that the arrival of Christophe Proença at the Department and at Cauvaldor will not have remained without effect on the file, given the importance of the intervention of an elected official, if only to add a little oil in the cogs… The association and Gintrac Town Hall are working together on the project; the municipality ensures project management and search for subsidies.

A first financing

The €250,000 excluding tax project for its first phase of consolidating the ruins and securing access was financed at all levels up to the European plan:

– on behalf of the State, via the DETR (Equipment grant for rural territories) for €71,561,

– from the Department €20,300,

– on behalf of the Occitanie region €21,000,

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– at European level with the Leader fund (Liaison Between Action for the Development of the Rural Economy) for €35,898,

– without forgetting Cauvaldor via the competition fund, the amount of which has not been specified.

The support of the heritage foundation was very important for the success of the project, such as the financial participation of companies or private donations. Note the exceptional aid from Crédit Agricole for the association of €20,000.

“This entire mobilization will allow the extension of the action for this emblematic site of the region with this 13th century heritagee century and an exceptional view of the Dordogne valley” estimates Christophe Proença.

The first phase of work is intended to secure visitor access. It crystallizes the ruins with the creation of a parking lot. At the same time, a second intervention will result in the preservation of the dry stone walls, in particular the creation of a hiking path.

An idea for an outing accessible to everyone

This will allow visitors who wish to do so to enjoy a circuit between the castle, the Dordogne river and the village of Gintrac.

The CAUE du Lot, the Land of Art and History of Cauvaldor provided their expertise and valuable advice throughout this great collective adventure. The work schedule is intended to be discreet and allows the undeniable charm of this balcony of the Causse du Quercy overlooking the Dordogne valley to be preserved.

The adventure continues, thanks to this essential and productive partnership between the community and the association to safeguard the Château de Taillefer.

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