VISIT THE CASTLE
Cette magnifique demeure offre de beaux espaces d’exposition et de découverte
Today, the building consists of two distinct parts. To the west, the 14th-century
sloping wing: comprises two buildings in a row, the larger of which houses one
room per floor. In the centre, the main body of the hotel occupies the entire width of the site and hides the medieval wing on the east side.
Its two symmetrical wings frame the main courtyard. It has a Doric portico
imitating the Colosseum, a reminder of the architect’s formative years in Rome.
The windows on the façades were also Roman-style at that time. Its façade is
inspired by the Barberini Palace in Rome, built by Bernini.
January, February, March, October, November, December: 10am-12pm / 2pm-
4.30pm except Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings (closed on Sunday and
April, May, June, September: 10am-12pm / 2pm-5pm except Tuesday and
Thursday mornings (closed on Sunday and Monday)
July, August: every day, 10am-12.30pm / 2.30pm-6pm.
HALL OF HONOUR OR SAINT CRISTOU ROOM
This room was named after Saint Christophe, the patron saint of the church of Simiane, the cradle of the former lords. It has hardly changed since it was refurbished around 1639 for the marriage of Louis II de Simiane to Louise de Monteynard. At that time, it was the main room of the medieval hotel, which had not been altered much.
It may have been decided at that time to replace the old transom windows with the present triple cross windows and to repaint the interior. The frieze in the hall is the only surviving work. It celebrates the union in the largest of the cartouches, above which two putti (angels) bear the coats of arms of the couple.
The inventory of the property of their son Charles-Louis in 1661 describes the entire room, with its gypsum fireplace (no longer extant), the seven Flanders tapestries representing the story of Alexander, the twelve armchairs covered in green velvet, the twelve caquetoires (light armchairs) covered with carpet, the tables, including a folding half-moon, the stools and a bench.
As then, this room still opens onto the chapel covered with a gypsum (plaster stone) dome. But it has lost the gilded leather trim of its altar, its altarpiece of the Holy Family, its ornaments and its liturgical vestments.
At the back, the library contains a very large number of old volumes as well as some incunabula. The 18th century cupboard doors come from the former hospital pharmacy, restored in 1930.
Victor Scharf Room
Victor Scharf was born in Vienna, Austria. Married to a Valréassienne, he lived in Valréas from 1932 to 1943. The paintings and furniture, including two Empire chests of drawers, a square piano in lemon wood and a grand piano, were bequeathed by Mrs Cushmann, an American, daughter of Mr and Mrs Scharf. The room that bears her name has a special chestnut frame (partly 14th century).