Château de la Hunaudaye

Plédéliac, France

The Château de la Hunaudaye was built by Olivier Tournemine around 1220. In that time, this castle protected the eastern border of the Penthièvre (Lamballe’s area), which was involved in a feud with the Poudouvre (Dinan’s area).

The castle was destroyed in 1341, during the war of Brittany Succession, a civil war that ravaged the Brittany dukedom during two decades. At the end of the 14th century, Pierre Tournemine started the reconstruction of the castle according to the latest military innovations, the three bigger towers and the dwellings were built in that period.

At the end of the 15th century, the Tournemine family became powerful within Brittany dukedom. By the 16th century, their seigneury represented more than 80 parishes. In addition, they owned various other lands, seigneuries and castles in the Tregor area and also others in the vicinity of Nantes.

The golden age of the castle began in the early 17th century, as the Tournemine family gently faded away. The Renaissance stairs of the western dwelling are the last elements built and the medieval castle was fitted to the new architectural standards. However, decline is on the way. The castle becomes less maintained. The lands and seigneuries are gradually sold out and the weeds begin to grow.

The castle was raided and torched during the French Revolution. By the 19th century, people used the castle as a quarry for stone and thus many of its buildings disappeared. The northern part of the castle collapsed in 1922. It was that, the French government immediatly tried to save the castle by classing it as a historical monument and by buying it out in 1930.

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D28A, Plédéliac, France
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Founded: c. 1220
Category: Castles and fortifications in France
Historical period: Late Capetians (France)

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Mark Melly (5 months ago)
Beautiful Castle. Needs decent walking paths in the area.
Bruno Billion (6 months ago)
Gorgeous castle with moat well worth the visit
Kate M Armstrong (7 months ago)
Interesting castle. Lots to see and plenty of good views. Easy to park. Peaceful to walk round.
M Gowen (2 years ago)
A really unexpected surprise. We visited this place on a drizzly day not expecting much more than a little walk around a ruin. From the very courteous lady in the shop, to the visible care they'd put into the different rooms in the tower, to the truly astonishing spiral staircase (worth the entrance fee in itself), we had a really nice 90 minute visit.
Cathy Melly (2 years ago)
Enjoyed visit to the castle but think they should do more with gardens
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