Château de Montmarin

Pleurtuit, France

Château de Montmarin was built in 1760 by Aaron Magon, Squire of the Château du Bosq. It is the only 'Malouiniè' (the typical 18th century summer résidence of rich ship-owners and merchants from Saint-Malo) to be located on th left bank of the Rance, with a magnificent panoramic view across the estuary. An Imposing classic gateway opens on to the Court of Honor ornemented by a splendid 18th century fountain in white Carrare marble. The restrained classicism of the entrance side of the housse is in striking conytrast with the fanciful Louis XV elegance of the main façade facing the Rance with its pavilions rooped in the shape open upturned.

The 6 hestares park is praised by the writers of the period, Madame de Genlis, and Chateaubriand, slopes gently down to the Rance in a series of terraces. In front of the house, the French formal garden, pratically unchanged since the day it was designed, overlooks the park, laid out in 1885 in the English style, with its historic trees, wide lawns, thickets, rock-garden, ans flowering borders.Each year, new varieties of plants and trees are added to already considerable collection.

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Founded: 1760
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in France

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Arnaud Deniel (3 years ago)
Un cadre merveilleux pour un mariage inoubliable. Tout le monde a pu profiter du jardin à la française et de la superbe vue Rance pendant le cocktail, ainsi que des balades dans les jardins le lendemain et de la visite du potager avec Thibault. Un grand merci à lui et à sa famille pour leur accueil et leur disponibilité. Je recommande vivement.
carine martin (3 years ago)
Magnifique endroit, très beaux jardins avec une vue imprenable sur la Rance. Merci Thibault pour votre accueil chaleureux. Votre potager est superbe !
Mael Hamon (3 years ago)
Nous nous sommes mariés en août 2008 à cet endroit. Les jardins étaient superbes et les invités pouvaient librement circuler. En revanche, l'endroit pour le cocktail était situé où il n'y a que des graviers ce qui rendait difficile la circulation avec des talons hauts. De plus, alors que nous étions en plein cocktail, les propriétaires avaient décidé de dîner sur leur terrasse qui donnait sur la réception sans égard pour notre évènement. Il nous a également été demandé de manière très désagréable et inutilement brutal à minuit de baisser la musique sous peine d'arrêter la soirée…Compte tenu du prix de la salle….nous avons été un peu choqués par cette manière de faire ! La salle de réception mériterait (mais peut-être cela a-t-il été fait depuis) d'être arrangée sur le plan esthétique. Heureusement, nous avions eu, ce jour-là, un temps merveilleux.
Briz Phtgrphy (3 years ago)
The best garden I have visited, far behind Versailles. La Rance gives it all its charm and the owners are really nice and friendly. I like to come again and again and rediscover the place at any season. If you are in the area I definitely recommend to visit. A must see! Went to a couple of parties there like wedding, this is the perfect place and all organisation was always excellent : food, drinks, music, location. I also recommend this place to throw a party in ideal, classy and lovely surroundings.
Pablo Gomez-Borbon (8 years ago)
Excellent. The prettiest gardens!
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