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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

The Petites Cités de Caractère of Le Puy Notre Dame and Le Coudray-Macouard

Whenever you see a 'Petite Cité de Caractère' sign (a network of rural towns and villages which are full of character), make sure you stop to look around as you’re in for a very pleasant surprise. In Le Puy Notre Dame, the impressive 12 to 13th century church boasts views of the surrounding vineyards and overlooks the incredibly diverse architecture of this old fortified town, which is also renowned for its cuisine and history.To the south of Saumur, the Thouet River leads you to the foot of Le Coudray-Macouard, a delightful village where the blue of its slate and the white of its tufa highlight every nuance of these noble materials, without which the most stunning of the Loire’s castles would have never seen the light of day.
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