First mentioned as a "villa" or large rural estate at the very beginning of the 11th century, the Château des Salelles was not cited as such until 1524, as the property of Antoine Bompars. The house was probably enlarged at the end of the 17th century or at the beginning of the 18th century
. The castle suffered from the wars of religion: in 1585, the Huguenots occupied it while the Catholics tried to take it back. In 1642, Jean de Jurquet owned it. At the end of the 18th century, the château became the property of the Isarn de Freissinet Valady family, who also owned the Château de Saint-Saturnin. Louis Philippe of Isarn de Freissinet, knight of the account of Valady then married Jeanne Brigitte de Jurquet de Montjézieu, daughter of the Viscount of Grèzes, Lords of Salelles and La Canourgue. In 1792, the Isarn family of Freissinet sold the castle to Jean-Joseph Boudon from La Roquette. In 1808, Louise Boudon from la Roquette united with Pierre Barthélémy Joseph de Nogaret. The family of Nogaret will separate a few years later from the castle by selling it to nuns, while the land will be sold to the Valentin family.
Today, the remarkably restored Château de Salelles is a hotel restaurant which also welcomes pilgrims from Saint-Guilhem who came down from Aubrac and on their way to Causse de Sauveterre. It is listed as a Historic Monument.
TERRE D'INSTANTS : RESTAURANT DU CHATEAU DE SALELLES
Five minutes from La Canourgue and surrounded by nature and the Gorges du Tarn stands the Château de Salelles. Make new friends and enjoy life to the fullest here. You will get a warm welcome from Caroline and Gilles in this serene and authentic setting. The team at 'Terre d'Instants' will take you on a journey around local produce and delicate flavours from all over the world. The colourful menu has something for everyone, whether you are a connoisseur or just love good food. Asian platter, Tahitian salad, chiffonade of local ham, lamb tagine with olives and preserved lemons, beef with grains of paradise plus king prawns cooked in ginger and coconut milk.
CHATEAU DE SALELLES
HOTELS - RESTAURANT
5 rooms: 18 pers. The Castle of Salelles, at 5 mn from La Canourgue, is a welcoming place for a stay and exchanges, located along the trail of St Guilhem du Désert, close to the Tarn canyon, in the valley of the river Lot. We welcome you warmly in an authentic setting of serenity. We also organise specific on-site trainings. Possibility of rental for Events, Seminaries, Cocktails, Weddings.. Room equipment: one with 1 bed 140cm and 4 with 90cm, two with 1 bed 140cm, two with 4 beds 90cm. 5 shower-rooms and 5 toilets, hair-dryer, double glazing, babybed and babychair upon request. Hotel equipment: lounge, meeting room, terrace, inside and outside courtyard, library / information desk, parking. Restaurant: cuisine with local produce of quality (from the garden or organic whenever possible). Vegan menu available. Animals accepted. Open from 1/04 to 30/10/2016