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Let's buy all together one of the most romantic castle : la Mothe-Chandeniers

Let's buy a French all together ?

Here is a sentence launched 30 days ago and for which a great momentum has been built. We did not succeed to make this dream a reality but today, we offer you a wildest dream!

Participate to the purchase of the most romantic castle: La Mothe-Chandeniers in the Vienne department.

And this time without any auction, as an agreement has been reached with the owner.

A concept which is created and co-host by:

With the valuable support of les Amis Mothe-Chandenier association.

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This project is a first in France : Dartagnans and Adopte un château are allowing you to become the multi-owners of a castle !

And as donors, you will be the one deciding of its future!

Inspired by the simultaneously fanciful and tragic story of this castle deeply ingrained in its territory, Dartagnans, Adopte un château and the Friends of the castle association are joining forces to offer a great castle’s rescue project. The idea is to create a collective future for this castle and to allow castle lovers to become its guardians.  

Purchased under an SAS company (Simplified joint-stock company), each donor will become a share-holder and therefore a co-owner of the castle. We are willing to create a dedicated platform that will allow each owner to follow the progress of the work, the events, the project offers and to build a real collaborative and participatory project. Transforming an abandoned ruin into a collective work is the best way to protect it in the long-term.

The adoption, how does it work?

Everyone can participate, wherever you come from!

Allowing 10 000 persons to take charge of the destiny of such a monument is not an easy thing! It is quite difficult to have 10 000 people at the notary…which is why we are offering to establish this project as a company where each donor will be the owner of a share or several shares! The company will then work in a democratic manner, with a management board and an annual general meeting.

If the amount of €500 000 is reached, we will then create a company with all the donors that will become owners of the monument. 

If the amount is not reach, the donors will be able to choose to get reimbursed. The stockholder will be constituted of the donors that will pay €1 extra for the creation of the company.

Ownership, what does it mean for you?

Responsibility : the liability is limited to the contribution, thus little risk, and if one day we are facing a problem (urgent restoration works in particular), the shareholders will eventually be asked for a new participation through an opening of the capital. 

 The liability of each shareholder is therefore limited and proportional to the amount invested in the company. Here 1€ !

Who are the project holders?

Adopte un château is an independent association under the law 1901 that aimed at saving endangered castles and find original ways to bring back to life monuments. 

Our idea is that an endangered monument is a monument that has to have a collective fate. But also a local destiny, which is why we will create a local association to keep the site alive with our help.

Dartagnans is a digital agency that works for the promotion and preservation of the culture, cultural heritage and tourism.  We have developped our activities around our crowdfunding platform and our consulting & marketing agency in order to find new ways to promote and preserve our cultural heritage.

The emergency?

The buying price of the castle is 500 000 euros, but needless to say that the restoration works required are important! It will be spread over several years, and will enable for good the saving of this emblematic castle! Adopte un château will work closely with its architects and with the State’s services to build this restoration project.

But beyond the works, it is also a reuse project that needs to be built, which is one of Adopte un château skills, but we also wish to make this construction a collective one…AND to allow the owners to choose in a democratic manner the purpose of this project!

The Mothe Chandenier Castle

The castle of the Mothe-Chandeniers, which origins trace back to the 13th century, and probably even before, is the symbol of Romantism and is an inspired and inspiring place. From 1650, when François de Rochechouart exiles there after the Fronde, the castle becomes a place where a real court will gather. In 1668, he has to abandon the Moth to its creditor. In 1776, it is René Charles de Maupeou, Vice Chancellor and Attorney General of France, who will retrieve the Mothe Chandenier. The marquisate is confirmed under the name of Maupeou by land patent of July 1767.

Probably plundered and left abandoned during the revolutionary period, it is not until François Hennecart, rich Parisian entrepreneur, who purchases it in 1809 and has it restored as well as its surroundings : canals are dig, alleys are traced, a vineyard planted, that the castle aspect draws closer to today’s one.

Hennecart, however conserves a big part of the medieval part. In 1857, the baron Edgard Lejeune, horseman of the Emperor Napoléon III, undertakes around 1870 a massive reconstruction in the Romantic taste. This reconstruction transforms the castle as the English architect in charge of the works finds inspiration in the Loire castles.

On Sunday, March 13th 1932, while the baron Robert Lejeune has just installed central heating, a violent fire breaks out. The firefighters, which came from all over the region, can’t avoid the disaster. An article from the French Newspaper The Figaro grieves, at the time, to see the wealth destroyed: « a library containing very rare books, tapestries from the Gobelins, ancient furniture and paintings of great value. »

In 1963, a retired manufacturer Jules Cavroy, purchases the domain to the baron Lejeune widow to transform into a pilot farm.

Thereafter purchased in lot, it will end up abandoned for years and the nature will take over again each part.

Which projects to imagine once the adoption is carried out?

We believe in the collective power and we want YOU, the future owners, to decide collectively and democratically of the Castle’s future.

Artists’ residence? Innovative and popular cultural place?

We are willing for the castle to become a symbol of collective and creative expression, and of course oriented toward the preservation and promotion of the cultural heritage. 

The castle is considered in the collective imagination as the romantic ruin par excellence. It is thus important that the reuse project be linked to this notion of magical, attractive and enchanting place that makes it today a symbol for many castle lovers.

Our project offer pursues two main lines of actions:

1. Arrange the outhouse to create a welcoming and lively space. It is important for the project to have a base camp to be able to develop the activity, a part of the outhouse that will be purchased will allow the development of reception, work and visitors areas.

2. Secure the castle to allow access to the public and to the events:

After the 1933 fire, nearly all roofs have disappeared; only two tours have kept a part of their framework and roof.

The priority will be the topping out of these two tours. It will also be necessary to verify and stabilize the high walls. In a second phase, we will ask for a securing study to an architect specialized in heritage conservation. Even if the castle is not listed Monument Historique, we think that it has to be treated as a protected monument and that a larger reflection on endangered monuments should be carried out at La Mothe-Chandeniers around the subject of how to restore a 21st century ruin.

How to conceive a smart topping out and airtightness while waiting for a more complete restoration or elaboration of a participative project?

How to ensure access to the site to start its “exploitation” and also to allow the preparation of the museography and to study the monument, which holds numerous secrets and treasures? 

How to think the layout of the immediate vicinity and of the reintegration of the castle in its environment?

Many questions to which we will answer collaboratively with the owners, association and partners.

La Mothe-Chandeniers shall be more than a castle; it has to become a symbol of our capacity to think our cultural heritage differently.


Building a project also requires partners that will guarantee the longevity of our action. The project being launched in a very short period, we are launching just now our search of institutional partners. 

Adopte un château is an association that aimed at saving endangered castles and to find original ways to bring back to life monuments. 

Dartagnans is a digital agency that works for the promotion and preservation of the culture, cultural heritage and tourism.  Les Amis de la Mothe-Chandenier is an association created in 2015 fighting to preserve the castle.

How to support this project?

- By donating online on this page after subscribing and connecting to

Through a bankwire on this page after subscribing and connecting to

By sending a check (to the order of Adopte un château), with your email address at the following address:


Campaign Château de la Mothe Chandenier

14 rue Crespin du Gast 75011 Paris, France

Thank you!