Château de la Motte-Glain

La Chapelle-Glain, France

The Château de la Motte-Glain was built by Pierre de Rohan-Gié in 1495 on the site of an older fortress belonging to the lords of Rougé. Anne of Brittany and Charles VIII stayed there in 1497 and Charles IX and Catherine de' Medici in 1565. It was bought in 1635 by par Michel Le Loup, counsellor to the Parlement of Brittany. The castle was modified by Pierre de Rohan-Gié in the 17th century.

The castle includes a gatehouse composed of a central pavilion flanked by two round towers, some ruined buildings (including a storeroom and a press), a residence decorated with Renaissance windows from the 15th century. The chapel contains a fresco from the 16th century.

The castle is privately owned. Parts of it (gatehouse, storeroom, press, chapel, residence, bay, roof, wall) have been listed since 1926 and protected since 1929 as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture. It is open to the public in the summer months.

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BRIGITTE PRZYBYLSKI (2 years ago)
Tres bon accueil de la propriétaire alors que le chateau était fermé. Un grand merci
Jerome Paquot (3 years ago)
Formidable édifice, la visite vaut vraiment la peine, le guide est absolument formidable (en costume d'époque). A voir absolument!
Gisele PAINCHAUD (3 years ago)
Magnifique château , le guide est super et connais bien l histoire du château avec des charmantes anecdotes.
Clotilde OLIVIER (3 years ago)
J'ai laissé un avis sur tripadvisor et je le répète volontiers ici. C'est un très beau château; déjà bien rénové à l'extérieur. Lorsque l'intérieur le sera encore et que le mobilier sera mis en valeur, je suis sûre qu'il sera magnifique. Je donnerais aussi une super note à notre guide; passionné, il nous a passionnés. Volubile, il nous a enchantés. Il est l'âme de ce château! Ses connaissances en histoire et sa connaissance du château nous ont appris beaucoup de choses. Vraiment, une très belle découverte et un très bon moment. Une découverte à ne pas rater! On a aussi apprécié la balade autour du château et le plan d'eau très agréable. Très bon moment.
Jean Paul Hornung (4 years ago)
La propriétaire et le guide très accueillants. Une visite riche en informations intéressantes.
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