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CHATEAU OF BREZE
CHATEAU OF BREZE
CHATEAU OF BREZE

Built between the 11th and 19th centuries, the Château of Brézé provides visitors with an opportunity to discover an elegant castle still inhabited to this day, as well as its extraordinary underground fortress! Hidden beneath the château is one of the undiscovered marvels of the Loire Valley’s castles – a unique ensemble of buildings carved out of the rock!

NOT TO BE MISSED

The underground fortress: a château beneath a château

A visit to this underground world is like reading a history book which has been engraved in the tufa. Here you can admire the Lords of Brézé’s old fortified residence, the parapets dug out of the rock, the troglodyte drawbridge, the seigniorial cellars, the underground presses, the kitchens and its bakery, the ice store and other excavated tunnels. This extraordinary world of rock opens out onto the deepest dry moats in Europe, which reach a depth of 18m.

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NOT TO BE MISSED

The Renaissance wing – residence of the Marquis de Dreux-Brézé

To the delight of those who enjoy guided tours of old properties, the château’s private apartments will be open to visitors this year. Used until very recently by the owners, the hall, the bedroom of the Marquis and Marchioness, and their dining room still seem filled with their presence. The latter, a listed historic monument, is a veritable stage set, home to a collection of weapons and armour as well as fifteen medieval-inspired chairs bearing the coat of arms of the Dreux-Brézé. Not forgetting the Marchioness’ kitchen, with its valuable collection of copper utensils, where her meals were prepared until her death in 1991.

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HIDDEN TREASURE

The life of the château

The accommodation allocated to servants as well as a bathroom with an unusual towel-warmer provide an insight into day-to-day life at the Château in Brézé. The Chambre de Richelieu (Richelieu’s Bedroom) displays original Louis XIII furniture, while the Grande Galerie (the château’s former reception room) is now devoted to the ancestors of the Dreux-Brézé family and portraits of several members of the royal family: Louis XVI, his wife Marie-Antoinette, and their son, the unfortunate Louis XVII etc.

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HIDDEN TREASURE

The 16th to 19th century château: an elegant residence which is still inhabited

The property of the Colbert family, and a listed historic monument that has been open to the public since the year 2000, the Château de Brézé boasts one of the finest and rarest examples of neo-Gothic and neo-Renaissance interior architecture which has been preserved to this day; it is in the guise of the apartments of Monseigneur Pierre de Dreux-Brézé, bishop of Moulins in the 19th century.

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COUPS DE COEUR

Saumur

The Loire, the château and the prestigious Cadre Noir national riding school are all indelible features of this charming town, which will also delight visitors with its superb quality of life and its excellent wines. Standing on the banks of the Loire, you will be enchanted by the majestic silhouette of the castle overlooking the river. Another pleasant surprise is that the town boasts numerous listed monuments and a perfectly preserved historic centre. A specially created itinerary will guide you to its most cherished sites: the old town, the Nantilly church, the royal chapel of Notre-Dame des Ardilliers, etc... Other unique holiday ideas include visits to the Combier distillery, the Musée des Blindés tank museum and some extraordinary troglodyte sites. As a town with a festive atmosphere, great gastronomic tradition, numerous restaurants, outdoor terraces, and local food producers, as well as the Maison des Vins de Loire, Saumur will definitely appeal to all of your senses! And as soon as the fine weather arrives, Saumur takes on a distinct holiday atmosphere!
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