Château de Mesnières

Mesnières-en-Bray, France

In the 11th century there was wooden fort on the site of current castle, built by Robert Mesnières. It was demolished in the 15th century and the new Renaissaince castle was built in the early 1500s and inaugurated in 1546. It was influenced by famous castles of Loire valley.

In 1590 Château de Mesnières was moved to the possession of Fautereau family. Louis Fautereau enlarged and decorated the castle and built a new chapel. However after the Great Revolution it was used as a prison and later orphanage. The castle was badly damaged by fire in 2004. Today it is restored and open to the public.

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Founded: 16th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in France

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A Google User (11 months ago)
Une super am à se promener dans les allées diverses et variées de ce magnifique château. Nous n'avons pas fait la visite guidée. Mais rien que la visite du parc nous a pris l'am. Ma fille a bien aimé. Surtout les petits animaux et les chèvres tout au fond, derrière le jardin du souvenir. Magnifique jardin qui a été élaboré. Tout est bien entretenu. Tout est beau, net. C'est un endroit, derrière le château, vers l'abbaye, très reposant. La guide de l'accueil était sympathique. Je recommande. Point + : les toilettes gratuits.
A Google User (11 months ago)
Très beau château tres bien entretenu Bonne visite guidée. A ne pas manquer
A Google User (12 months ago)
Sublime joyaux du Pays de Bray, le château de Mesnières et de son domaine vous enchante par la beauté de son paysage et de ses décors. Calme et sérénité sont au programme, au détour d'une balade de ses jardins et de son parc arboré, seul ou en famille vous pourrez y séjourner et profiter de la quiétude des lieux propice au repos et au bien-être. Le château accueille en son sein une école horticole forestière avec une section service à la personne et une école hôtelière dont vous pourrez profiter des merveilles gastronomique proposées. L'édifice est entièrement restaurée et entretenu de manière élégante.
A Google User (2 years ago)
Nous sommes venus plusieurs fois au restaurant d'application "Les gobelins" et nous avons toujours beaucoup apprécié. Endroit agréable, cadre sympathique (le château est très beau), belles tables, très bonnes assiettes (apéritif, entrée, plat, fromage et dessert). Les élèves mettent en pratique, ils s'appliquent et apprennent encore, c'est le but. Et après un bon repas, promenade dans le parc et dans les horticultures.
A Google User (2 years ago)
Nous avons été au restaurant d'application. Très très bel endroit. Il manque à l'accueil un panneau salle de restaurant sur la poste en bois dans le couloir. La cuisine n'est pas à la hauteur de l'ancienne école de Smermesnil. Nous avons un peu été déçu par la justesse des goûts dans les assiettes. Le plat principal était froid et la pâte de la tarte au chocolat : du béton. Mais nous sommes indulgent car ce sont des élèves qui apprennent.
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