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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Nimrod Gornstein (2 years ago)
Superior place. Finally a place that respects itself AND its customers. Best value for money I had in a long time. Totally recommended.
Richard Darby (2 years ago)
We could have wept when we departed this beautiful home. We stayed in the Perse bedroom suite which was perfection with fabric walls, the most comfortable bed and a generous bath. The gardens are astonishing, the swimming pool was heaven. It was so peaceful. Bird song lulled me to sleep on the sun lounger. Victor and Tio, sons of the owners where so very charming. So kind, so helpful, so exceptional. The breakfast (made and served by the very lovely Marie) included pastries of a standard we have never tasted on our many visits to France. This is an exceptional establishment. Did we mention tea and cake in the orangery when we arrive? You will have missed something extraordinary if you do not visit this place. Cannot recommend more highly. Thank you for allowing us to stay.
Repkov (2 years ago)
Superb place. Very quiet. Grand views. Kind and very friendly and helpful people
Miuccia Prd (3 years ago)
Lovely, very characteristic place
Necroliner (3 years ago)
Very wholesome owners, the place is gorgeous, very calm and far from noise pollution. Do not hesitate !
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