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BALATRE

In the small hamlet Balatre you can find this castle farm that is planted on top of a small hill in the middle of the village. When you look at the buildings from a distance it looks all solid and nice but on close inspection you can see that large parts of the castle is decaying.
The castle farm started out as a keep in the 13th century. The first name mentioned is Nicolas I de Condé in 1198 although there are some traces of a certain Eguerrand de Balastra between 1092 and 1113. In 1380 it passes on to the Seilles, in 1406 it is property of the del Juverie than in 1511 the t'Serclais family owns the estate and in 1652 Tilly and than the Ponti family who would keep the estate until the revolution. The last known owner is Mister Hondermarq.
The 13th century keep is located in the back of the farm with the round tower. The other parts were added in the 16th and 17th century. More modifications were made in the 18th, 19th and 20th century. It's a shame that the building is in such a bad state hopefully it will be restored soon.

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