Château de la Bretesche

Missillac, France

Château de la Bretesche was built in the 14th century and rebuilt a century later. It was besieged in the Wars of Religion and destroyed during the French Revolution. The castle was rebuilt again in the 19th century. Today it is a hotel and golf resort.

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Founded: 15th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in France

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Helder Guerreiro (2 years ago)
Idéale pour une belle balade. Il y a également un jolie Green et bon resto et hôtel
Kim Nana (2 years ago)
J'ai eu la chance de découvrir ce merveilleux lieu grâce à mon chéri ( cadeau de Noël). Gastronomie, accueil, chambre, prestations, spa, massage, personnels... tout simplement PARFAIT
David B (2 years ago)
Pour un week-end en amoureux quoi de mieux que ce lieu ? Parc verdoyant avec le golf et sa foret. Côté gastronomie vous ne serez pas déçu non plus. Je vous conseil de prendre l'apéro dans le bar l'écurie ...
pascal Grosmi (2 years ago)
Super beau château grand parc et étant c'était magnifique à voir ce renseigner sur les jour de visite pas ouvert toute l'année mais vraiment à aller voir
Clement Tran (3 years ago)
Parcours type forêt très bien entretenu malgré la saison. Les arbres peuvent être majestueux parfois. Le 9 est le plus beau trou, avec une arrivée donnant sur le magnifique château.
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