From the original Château de Loubens castle remains today the main 15th and 16th century building and three towers which still bear their original Renaissance design. The north facade, facing the park, is framed by two defensive round towers. The high west walls plunge into a pond, remains of the original moat. On the south side, the castle sunny terrace overlooks the surrounding countryside. An hexagonal tower embeded into the Renaissance main building brings rhythm to the facade.

The 10 acres around the castle have been redesigned using to the best the remains of its previous successive settings. The most ancient elements date from the Renaissance period. Among them, some remarkable box trees and 500 years old green oaks. A little parterre in classical French style on the north side leads to 4 squares of wild prairies framing a large alley planted with limetrees in 1825. Inside the grove, a stream, a bassin and a fountain bring animation and coolness into the woods.

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Founded: 15th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in France
Historical period: Valois Dynasty and Hundred Year's War (France)

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www.chateaudeloubens.com

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Diarmaid O Meara (11 months ago)
Beautiful ❤️
D O M (11 months ago)
Beautiful ❤️
Tutos gaming FR (12 months ago)
It is a beautiful place, wonderful super large garden with plants everywhere. And the huge castle
stef (19 months ago)
The Chateau is closed with the covid, too bad ...
Nicolas Blohorn (2 years ago)
Can not be visited except in exceptional circumstances
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