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


4.3/5 (based on Google user reviews)

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Timothy Duncan (2 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.
Dennis Corsten (2 years ago)
We didn't stay at the hotel but visited for it wonderful gardens, this place is a real gem. Very tranquil gardens beautifully kept by people who care. Nice selection of statues around the gardens and great little place to have a cup of tea in the gardens. -- Find my review helpful? Please click like /
Michael Simpson (2 years ago)
Wonderful Chateau and the last night of our honeymoon. Stunning gardens and a beautiful bedroom with far reaching views over the countryside....watching the sun set over incredible countryside. Very warm welcome from Marion and the owners. Nice tea house that was open when we arrived and the swimming pool was delightful. What a place to spend a honeymoon - and the weather was very kind. Thank you.
nazila merati (2 years ago)
This rating is for the gardens - they are fantastic. I would love to stay at the hotel. I believe they were not taking reservations the week we visited.
Russ Howell (2 years ago)
This is a lovely garden and we are so fond of it that we visit every year at May time when the wisteria is at its best.They also do good coffee and home made cake.
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