Here we are in Savoie! Overlooking the lake Léman, Yvoire castle dates back to 1308, when Amédée V of Savoie raised a keep and a wall all around Yvoire's city: a real stronghold, a strategical place during all the Middle-Ages!
Indeed, each lords wanted to control navigation on lake Léman, so Yvoire ended up in the middle of a war between Berne and Geneva (Swiss cities). Successively besieged, burnt, plundered in 1589 and 1592, the battle ended when Geneva proclaimed the destruction of Yvoire's surrounding wall in 1603.
At that time, in the 16th century, Saint-Jeoire family owned the castle. But we must wait until 1655 to see Yvoire fortress owned by Bouvier family, who laid out sumptuous medieval gardens dedicated to the 5th senses.