Château du Bois Orcan

Noyal-sur-Vilaine, France

Château du Bois Orcan dates from the 15th century. It has been returned to its original splendour following a full restoration. The rooms house an important collection of furniture and medieval objects that bear witness to the way of life in the era of Charles VIII and Anne of Bretagne. Close to the castle moat is the Jardin de la Fontaine de Vie: this is a garden of medieval proportions created by Alain Richert. The place’s unusually beauty is manifested in its three-part composition – the Cour d’amour (Court of Love), the Fontaine de Vie (Fountain of Life) and the Jardin de curiosités (Garden of Curiosities) – all of them places of olfactory and visual delight. The Bois Orcan also presents the Athanor, a mecca for the work of the internationally renowned French sculptor Etienne Martin (1913-1995).

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Category: Castles and fortifications in France

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Joel Gourlez De Lamotte (8 months ago)
End of renaissance .... A must see.
Gilles Audoubert (13 months ago)
Magnificent place. Interrupted visits, cause covid.
Gilles Audoubert (13 months ago)
Magnificent place. Interrupted visits, cause covid.
Yvon Ravard (3 years ago)
Le manoir ou château du Boisorcan ou Bois-Orcan ou Boisorcant (XV-XVIIème siècle), restauré vers 1490 par Julien Thierry, maître des monnaies en Bretagne. Il avait autrefois des douves, un pont-levis, une chapelle et un colombier. Il est pillé par les Ligueurs en 1589. La seigneurie du Bois-Orcan possédait un droit de haute justice. Propriété successive des familles Orcan ou Orcant (en 1382), Pé (en 1398 et 1460), Thierry (en 1475), Angennes, barons de Poigny (en 1566), Morais, comtes de Brézolles (vers 1660), Angennes (en 1690), Boutier, seigneurs de Château-d’Assy (en 1709), Marguerie (en 1728), le Prestre, seigneurs de Châteaugiron (en 1748 et 1789) ; Edifié aux XIVe et XVe s, le château du Bois Orcan, classé Monument Historique, est un joyau de l'architecture de l'âge d'or de la Bretagne. Ayant retrouvé son identité après sa complète restauration, il témoigne de la culture et du raffinement de Julien Thierry, argentier d'Anne de Bretagne. Ce logis accueille aujourd'hui une collection rare de mobilier médiéval, présentant des pièces parmi les plus anciennes conservées en Europe. Afin de restituer l'environnement paysager du château du Bois Orcan à la fin du XVe s., Alain Richert a créé le Jardin de la Fontaine de Vie, qui répond à l'art de vivre à l'époque des Valois et renvoie à la fois à l'Hortus Conclusus et au jardin d'amour. Le domaine du Bois Orcan présente d'autre part L'Athanor, Musée et Parc de sculpture d'Etienne-Martin (1913-1995), figure majeure de l'art du XXe s. Le BOIS ORCAN a obtenu deux Labels "Jardin remarquable", l’un pour le jardin et l’autre pour le parc, le site intègre également la route européenne des jardins. Les visites sont possibles pour les groupes et les scolaires toute l'année sur réservation. Le site est exceptionnellement ouvert lors des journées européennes du patrimoine
Sylvie Garnier (3 years ago)
Guide passionnée , magnifique château à la restauration remarquable. Superbe jardin
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