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Seven storeys high, the Château of Brissac majestically overlooks its vast estate which stretches out into an expanse of forest foliage and rolling hills. It is an impressive building with an incredible history that has belonged to the Cossé-Brissac family for five centuries. It is currently inhabited by the 13th Duke of Brissac, who lovingly looks after this exceptional heritage with a sumptuous interior decorated with gold leaf and furnished with period tapestries.
Built over 7 floors, the Château of Brissac is the tallest château in France and is aptly known as “the Giant of the Loire Valley”. It was bought by René de Cossé, the first Lord of Brissac, in 1502 and is currently the home of the 13th Duke of Brissac. It is a monumental piece of heritage that is looked after by the Brissac family with drive and passion.

The Château of Brissac was originally a Medieval fortress built by the counts of Anjou in the 11th century. It was rebuilt in the 15th century by Pierre de Brézé, who was Minister to King Charles VII, who then left it to his son, but the history of the château is sadly tainted by the tragic tale that was to follow. Jacques de Brézé was married to Charlotte de Valois, the daughter of King Charles VII and Agnès Sorel, but after discovering his wife in bed with another man, he flew into a rage and killed the two lovers with his sword. Legend has it that Charlotte’s ghost still haunts the building on stormy nights...

In 1502, Brissac was bought by René de Cossé, appointed governor of Maine and Anjou by King François I, and the château has remained in the Cossé-Brissac family ever since. It was damaged during the French War of Religions and was later rebuilt by the architect Jacques Corbineau, whose aim was to create a tall and impressive building. Unfortunately, the work was never finished and today the facade is a mix of contrasting styles with its medieval towers and Renaissance residential suites. Over the same period, King Louis XIII and his mother, Marie de’ Medici, were reconciled here in the heart of the château, in a room that still bears testimony to this historical meeting. The new building suffered damage again during the French Revolution and it was only thanks to Roland de Cossé and his wife Jeanna Say that it was restored to its former glory. The Marquise also built the magnificent private theatre in which she could pursue her love of opera. Despite its misfortunes, the château remains a family legacy that is currently looked after by the 13th Duke of Brissac. It makes for an enchanting visit that will take you back through centuries of different artistic styles. Paintings, tapestries, furniture and other valuable items are exhibited beneath lavishly decorated ceilings, with some dating back to the 17th century.

The landscaped park offers panoramic views of wooded hills stretching out over 70 hectors. With footpaths running through the trees, alleys lulled by the gentle tinkling of water features, flowerbeds in bloom and lush green lawns, the estate offers a diverse range of natural scenery that is bordered by the château’s vineyards. Visitors can even see the château’s vaulted and cobbled wine cellar and enjoy tasting its excellent Anjou Rosé wine.
Not to be missed

The landscaped park

This skyscraper of a château is complemented by its adjoining 70-hectare park stretching as far as the eye can see. Every spot diffuses the same sense of tranquillity that can be enjoyed while wandering along its various paths. It is perfect for a gentle stroll!
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Hidden treasure

A magnificent interior

Standing in front of the château’s colossal facades, it is hard to imagine the delicacy of the interior architecture.
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Unusual

The Belle Epoque theatre

It’s hard to tell from the outside that the Giant of the Loire Valley’s thick walls conceal a magnificent Belle Epoque theatre...
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Practical information

CHATEAU DE BRISSAC

Château de Brissac
Brissac-Quincé
49320, BRISSAC LOIRE AUBANCE
France
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How to get there
The Château of Brissac is 20 km from Angers, which is 1 hour 30 minutes by train from Paris-Montparnasse. Two bus lines run to the village of Brissac-Quincé.
The Angers Loire airport has connections from London and Nice, and bus and taxi services run between the city and the château.
The A11, A85 and A87 motorways all lead to Angers. Allow 2 hours 30 min from Paris and 3 hours 40 min from Bordeaux.

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