Château de Kergroadès

Brélès, France

Château de Kergroadès was built between 1602-1613 by a nobleman François de Kergroadès. The castle is a large square building, flanked by four towers in every corner. The facade is pierced by numerous large stone cross windows. The castle has a remarkable park.



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Kergroades, Brélès, France
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Founded: 1602-1613
Category: Castles and fortifications in France


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Frederic Beaufort (16 months ago)
Environnement sympathique mais château fermé ! C'était pourtant indiqué ouvert sur internet... Dommage.
envela balcon (16 months ago)
Super châteaux magnifique et alors avec les illuminations de noël, encore plus joli. Vaut le détour à ne pas rater.
Viking (2 years ago)
Le parc mériterait bien plus d'attention, mais le château vaut vraiment la peine d'être visiter. La restauration est un peu trop moderne, le parquet par exemple, il aurait fallu mettre un parquet à l'ancienne, je pense pour faire un peu plus authentique, certaines pièces sont en manque de meubles mais je pense que cela viendra avec le temps. Je recommande la visite
Jean-marie SALANON (2 years ago)
Superbe restauration de ce magnifique château. Visite guidée attrayante, parcours dans le parc avec jeu pour les enfants, plongée dans le monde des chevaliers pour les petits et même escape gamelle pour les plus grands. En résumé, une belle visite pour tout le monde.
Abraham Neme (2 years ago)
Amaizing renovated castle. Worth to visit
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