Château de Valmirande

Montréjeau, France

Built from scratch starting in 1892 by Baron de Lassus. Historic monument with a picturesque 100-acre park of character. The castle and its outbuildings were built by the architect Louis Garros.

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Montréjeau, France
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Founded: 1892
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in France

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www.hautegaronnetourisme.com

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User Reviews

Kyung Min Song (4 months ago)
What a stunning place!
ALBERT Luchon (7 months ago)
Too bad we weren't able to visit the chapel
joan m gutierrez montserrat (8 months ago)
Magnificent gardens, the guided tour is highly recommended. The Castle is a romantic "movie"
bénédicte vergote (3 years ago)
Magnifique parc, un lieu très spécial de part son histoire.
Michel BOUSQUET (3 years ago)
Les châteaux de la Loire n'ont qu'à bien se tenir. Le parc est magnifique . Le château est digne des plus grands.
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