Château de Careil

Guérande, France

The Château de Careil is a fortified house constructed from the end of the 14th century and enlarged in the 15th and 16th centuries. The manor had originally a defensive function, as witnessed by the crenellated curtain wall which still exists. Under the Reformation, it served as a place of worship for the protestants established in the Guérande peninsula. For this reason, it was attacked and pillaged on 11 May 1589 by the Catholic League. In 1699, some time after the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes, the manor was siezed and sold to a Catholic family. After becoming a restaurant in 1924, the site is currently a visitors' centre. A third wing of the building no longer exists; it was destroyed in an accidental fire in the 18th century.



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Founded: 14th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in France


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Clara Lemonnier (15 months ago)
Super visite ! Nous sommes venus à 4 et avons eu le droit à une visite de plus d'1h30. Le propriétaire des lieux est passionné, nous partage son savoir et nous plonge dans l'histoire du château. Nous avons adoré et recommandons pour petits et grands !
Sweet Winter (2 years ago)
Le château de Careil est un lieu très agréable pour les mariages. L'un des moins chère de la région par rapport à la taille des salles et où il se situe. Propriétaire très aimable. Je conseille vivement ce château pour les mariages...
Koala Des Indes (2 years ago)
Joli domaine situé sur les hauteurs de la Baule...malheureusement peu exploité. Petit château qui tombe en ruine, visite très pauvre ( Peu de pièces et objets présentés ). Lors de préparatifs de mariage nous avons fait les frais du mauvais caractère du propriétaire. Je ne recommande absolument pas ce lieu pour les réceptions; propriétaire peu arrangeant, lieu loué trop cher par rapport aux prestations proposées.
maureen bailleul (2 years ago)
Château visité lors des journées du patrimoine en septembre 2018 Joli château de petite taille, l'accès aux pièces est assez limité. L'intérêt principal est donc la visite guidée faite par Erwan le propriétaire qui y vit toute l'année. Il raconte l'histoire du château au fil des siècles et fait de nombreuses digressions sur des sujets variés, il est passionné et passionnant ! J'ai bénéficié d'un tarif spécial de 5€ la visite, le prix en temps normal est de 11€ il me semble, un peu cher donc.
max (3 years ago)
Great place to visit! The guide is passionate and the price is right. I'll take you 40 mins to an hour. If you are around go visit because the guide speak English (with a French accent)
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