Discovering the castle

of Rochefort-en-Terre

and Klots family

Interactive tour of the castle of Rochefort-en-Terre

Go on a journey to discover the history of the castle of Rochefort-en-Terre and the Klots family, who once owned the castle, with GuidiGo, a free app.

An interactive tour offered by Lisa Wheeler, a member of the Association du Château de Rochefort-en-Terre and cousin of the Klots family. A current resident of Rochefort-en-Terre, she first came here in 1975 and shares the same very strong attachment as her family before her, to the castle and to her adopted village. A audio tour enhanced with text and photos.


An interactive journey

A visit in 5 stages

To be experienced at your own pace

First you will have an introduction in front of the entrance to the castle, then you will go in front of the ruins of the old castle built in the 12th century.
Then into the courtyard of the castle and then to the St. John’s Chapel, built by Alfred Klots and finally in front of the Alfred Klots workshop and the Naia Museum.

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History of the castle

The Klots family

and the castle of Rochefort-en-Terre

American portrait artist, Alfred Klots fell in love with Rochefort-en-Terre on his first visit in 1903, and in 1907 he decided to buy the ruins of the old medieval castle. He rebuilt a new castle on the 17th-century outbuildings.

The Klots divided their lives between America and Rochefort-en-Terre, where they invited many artists. When Alfred Klots died in 1939, his son Trafford, also a painter, continued the family tradition. He died in 1976, but his wife Isabel Klots kept the American artistic presence of painters alive at the castle, notably by creating an agreement between the General Council and the Maryland Institute of Baltimore to welcome American painters in residence during the summer season. Rochefort-en-Terre owes much to the Klots family.

The castle of Rochefort-en-Terre has been owned by the commune since 2013.



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30 min guided tour

Meet at the entrance to the castle grounds


All year round

The castle park is open from 10 am to 6.30 pm


For more information, we invite you to contact the association of the castle of Rochefort-en-Terre which is at the origin of this project.

“Very nice and interesting application, we really enjoyed this little commented walk that we could follow at our own pace”



of this virtual tour

Lisa Wheeler is the author of this tour and did so with the help of Jean-Marc Michaud, Pierre and Anne-Claude Busquet and Isabelle Wheeler for the recording of the French tour, and Denis Danilo, who is an endless source of information about the city and its history.

History of the

Klots family

Chateau of Rochefort-en-Terre: The Klots Family Era 1907 - 2013
Chateau of Rochefort-en-Terre: The Klots Family Era 1907 - 2013
Chateau of Rochefort-en-Terre: The Klots Family Era 1907 - 2013
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