Château des Rochers-Sévigné

Vitré, France

Les Rochers was the estate of the Mathefelon family from the 12th century, before being passed by marriage to the Sévigné family in 1410. The family rebuilt the château in the early 16th century. Between 1644 and 1690, Madame de Sévigné stayed here and refurnished the house. She gave names to the paths through the gardens and in 1689 her son commis-sioned the French Gardens from Le Nôtre. In 1715, the Nétumières family bought the estate and carried out building and restoration works. Today there is a visitor centre at the 17th century Orangerie and exhibition about Madame de Sévigné and the Château des Rochers.

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Founded: 16th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in France

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Pecourt Jerome (11 months ago)
Dommage pour le praticien en pente.
Daniel LANA (12 months ago)
Je n'ai pas joué au golf, j'ai juste pris un café avec des amis à la terrasse du club à l'occasion d'une reconnaissance de randonnée autour des étangs. Le cadre est magnifique, et l'accueil du personnel de l'établissement ainsi que des clients présents a été très sympathique.
Fernando Machado (14 months ago)
Repas excellents et super cadre.
Anthony Crosnier (14 months ago)
Lieu Magnifique. Golf au pied du château de madame de sevigné. Vous êtes accueilli par une équipe souriante et passionné.
JC G (18 months ago)
J'y joue depuis plus de 10 ans et c'est toujours un réel plaisir d'y revenir , persuadé que faire la route depuis Rennes se justifie pleinement. Superbe parcours, tournant autour du château de Madame de Sévigné, technique mais abordable, avec très souvent une sensation d'être seul au monde,permettant de profiter pleinement de l'instant. L'accueil y est simple et agréable dans une ancienne écurie donnant énormément de cachet à l'ensemble. Très beau practice le long d'une muraille du château. N'ayant pas déjeuné au restaurant depuis très longtemps, je me garde de donner un avis.
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