You always have to keep alert when you drive around the French countryside. Otherwise, you might miss sights like this...a castle sitting on the top of a hill! This is the Chateau at Cornusson, a tiny village between the Abbaye de Beaulieu and Parisot. Blink and you miss the whole village. I saw only a handful of houses, a restaurant, and the Chateau. Braking quickly, I pulled into a parking area next to the church to take this photo. And yes, I did find a road up to the Chateau, but actually couldn't even get close enough to see if anyone lives there. This is its best view. Sleuthing on Google reveals only that the Chateau was built in the 15th-16th centuries. If you're interested in old photos, click here for several black and white images of the Chateau taken around 1900. You can actually see more of it since the trees haven't overgrown it yet and the photographer had access to some of the interior grounds.
The church where I parked, L'eglise Saint-Pierre de la Vernede, is a new addition to the village being built in 1883. It was locked when I visited, but if you're interested in what it looks like inside, click here.