Château de Combourg

Combourg, France

The original castle on the site of current Château de Combourg was built around 1025 by Archbishop Guinguené, who gave it to his illegitimate brother Riwallon. Major alterations were made between the 15th and 19th centuries. The castle consists of four large, powerful buildings of dressed granite, with crenellations and machicolations, enclosing a rectangular courtyard. In each corner of this massive fortress is a round tower, also with crenellations and machicolations, with conical roofs. In 1761, the Chateaubriand family acquired the property and it was the childhood home of François-René de Chateaubriand (1768–1848).



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D794 2-8, Combourg, France
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Founded: 1025
Category: Castles and fortifications in France
Historical period: Birth of Capetian dynasty (France)


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Rafael Montero (3 months ago)
A castle dating with the oldest tower dating from the XII century. Unfortunately our tour was only in French and couldn’t understand much. The guide was very good and nice and quite knowledgeable about the castle and the Chateaubriand history (of course). They have some sheets in different languages in case you don’t speak French as it was our case. Worth the money and the time. Don’t forget to take a walk around the gorgeous gardens!
Jean-Michel Guiheux (4 months ago)
A medieval castle refurbished in the 19th century with beautiful paintings and furnitures. The castle story is very much linked to the family of Mr de Chateaubriand, a brilliant French writer with diplomatic career.
Olivier Attia (5 months ago)
Great visit. Stunning park.
David Rew (15 months ago)
Stunning looking chateaux. Only negative was that tour guide only explained it in French and we had to read of guide cards for tour of inside
C V (17 months ago)
This is a definite stop during any trip to Brittany. You are immediately impressed by the history surrounding the majestic castle and its grounds. This is perfect for kids and adults alike. The tour is impressive and then a walk in the immense gardens completes the tour perfectly. There is a wonderful café and gift shop that let's you take it all in. This is an absolute must.
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