Château de Montgeoffroy

Mazé-Milon, France

The Château de Montgeoffroy is an 18th century manor house located in the commune of Mazé (Maine-et-Loire), France.

In 1676, Érasme de Contades acquired the property. In 1772, the Marshal Louis Georges Érasme de Contades, governor of Alsace, decided to rebuild the château as a retirement home. He called on the Parisian architect Jean-Benoît-Vincent Barré, who worked with the local architect Simier.

The marshal being far from Anjou, the work was directed primarily by his son, le marquis de Contades, his daughter-in-law, Julie Constantin de Marans, his mistress, Hélène Hérault, and her daughter-in-law, Marie-Marguerite Magon de La Lande. It took three years. The old château was burned down, but Barré appreciated its U shape and kept two towers and the moat, as well as the chapel, which dated from 1543.

The building miraculously survived the French Revolution and the Revolt in the Vendée conserving its common buildings, agricultural structures, chapel and park. It also kept its archives and its furniture, which was studied by Pierre Verlet.

 

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Founded: 1772
Category: Castles and fortifications in France

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Wyndham Meredith (2 years ago)
Thoroughly enjoyable visit, especially the bedrooms, lovely to see an original building of this period being used in the modern day. Camille, our tour guide was so informative and helpful. Would highly recommend this as a must see.
Jurian (2 years ago)
Let me start by saying we did not visit the main building, only the gardens. Maybe our expectations were wrong, but when they charge an entrance fee we as visitors expect something exceptional. The gardens are everyting but exceptional. The animals and their cages looked very neglected.
Marie-Claire Rekkers (4 years ago)
Beautiful castle. Gardens aren't that spectacular, not many flowers etc. Toilet is free and very clean. There is also a mini farm with a few goats.
Pascal Guignard (6 years ago)
One of my favourite locations to visit in the area. The visit "à la chandelle" gives an interesting twist to the tourist / visitor's experience !
Oliviu Sarb (6 years ago)
Visited outdoors and the park, quite nice
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