Château de Rochecotte

Saint-Patrice, France

Château de Rochecotte, a late 18th century château, is known for its various owners and their many successive rebuilds. Originally, the château belonged to the comte de Rochecotte, who became one of the leaders of the second Chouannerie in Maine and was executed under the French Directory.

On 30 April 1828, one of the later owners, the chevalier René de La Selle de Ligné, sold it to Dorothée de Courlande, duchess of Dino, for 400,000 francs, then a considerable sum. Today Rochecotte serves as a 4-star hotel.

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Founded: 18th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in France

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Susan Coombes (3 years ago)
Peaceful, quiet, lovely, 5 star quality decore and service. I never want to leave.
Jorgen Hansen (3 years ago)
This is an outstanding restaurant with excellent modern French food. With large groups they seat 8 person tables spaced by 15 minutes. This way every gets served properly with the food at top quality.
Rune Håkonsen (3 years ago)
Lovely and royal chateau and gardens. We just ate at the restaurant — classic French cooking and local wines. Loved it. Great cheese selection as well, ask the waiters for their favourites.
Gayden Druschel (3 years ago)
Beautiful hotel. Hosted a gorgeous wedding and everything was lovely. The grounds are immaculate. Definitely hope we can go again.
Craig Sunney (4 years ago)
Delightful. 300 year old chateaux build up by a strong lady called Dorothy, who became influential on the European political.... Atmosphere plentiful, lovely forest path for a stroll, a pool and comfortable beds. The food it great too.
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