The current Château de la Ballue was built by Gilles de Ruellan in 1620 and renovated in 1705. In the 19th century there was a glass factory. The highlight of any stay at the castle will be tea and a guided tour of those magnificent gardens.

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Founded: 1620
Category: Castles and fortifications in France

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Necroliner (13 months ago)
Very wholesome owners, the place is gorgeous, very calm and far from noise pollution. Do not hesitate !
Paul Tennant-Moore (16 months ago)
Delightful gardens, nice cafe to finish off your walk. The owner is very warm, and lovely conversation. Highly recommend
Guillaume Nerzic (2 years ago)
We had a fantastic stay in Château de la Ballue. We were greeted very warmly by everyone. The room was stylish and extremely comfortable, we slept like kings! The amazing breakfast was served in a lovely dinning room, we then explored the superb gardens. This enchanting place is well worth a visit.
Sharon Wassenbergh (2 years ago)
I cannot gush about this place enough! It. Is. Gorgeous! The gardens alone are very much worth a visit. The pool surrounded by trees is lovely. The history of the place... The rooms are completely done in style but with all the modern comforts (except air conditioning, that would've been nice ;). Even the breakfast (which I thought was yummy) is in style. It feels like you are eating from the family silver that has been in the family for decades. (it probably is :)) The kitchen is what you would expect to see on a movie set. Of course there is a castle dog who's only job in life is to look cute and to beg for cuddles. And.... (and I cannot stress this enough...).... the fluffiest towels I have ever had the privilege to use in a hotel. The whole experience is just.... stunning.
Timothy Duncan (3 years ago)
What a magical place! The beautiful Chateau and gorgeous gardens transport one to another time and place. Marie Francoise was a gracious and accommodating host. Planned as a one night stop from Normandy to Paris, we so regret not having made arrangements to stay and linger a while.
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