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Chateau or castle?

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My justification for asking this question here is to improve the quality of information provided to English language speakers coming to France - or at least to the Dordogne.

Instead of running our village brochure through a translation site, and coming up with something illegible, our local village association asked me to translate it. I did, but they have come back with a question.

Carlux is built around the ruins of a 12th century chateau. Or at least that's what I always say, and that's what I wrote. But, my French friends said, 'Why dont you say 'castle?'

For some reason I have never thought of it as a 'castle', which to me brings to mind British castles. Because we are in France, I think of it as a 'chateau'. However, I've now been here 18 years, and am no longer a typical English speaker.

So, my question is, as someone visiting France, would you expect to find a brochure saying that we have a castle, or a chateau? My feeling is that everyone knows what a chateau is, but if people would prefer to see it described as a castle, we can change the wording. (I just checked Wikipedia, which says that 'The chateau de Beynac is a castle situated...)

Any preferences?

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