History of the Chateau
In the 19th century, the Count and the Countess of La Rochefoucauld-Bayers constructed on their La Potherie Estate, a new grand castle in the neogothic style. They chose a very famous architect from Paris, Louis Visconti. He was famous since he designed the Louvre extension. They asked him to design the new Chateau to replace the 16th century one and asked Rene Hode a famous architect from angers to build the castle. The construction began in1848 and was finished in 1854. The design was a classic arrangement one rectangle with 4 towers, very large-60 meters long, 37 meter deep and 47 meters high- 120 rooms on 5 levels with an abundance of limestone sculptures made by Jacques Granneau,student of David D'Angers.At the death of her husband, Ida de la Potherie, Countess of la Rochefoucauld-Bayers finished the construction of the Castle and continued to finish her and her husbands dream. All this architectural construction in the village made this place one of the great private French residence in the 19th century. Because of the ambiance of the total property the Castle Chateau de La Potherie was named the "neogothic jewel in Anjou" or "The Petite Chambord". Situated on beautiful grounds, the Chateau complex makes up one corner of a small village, which also has shops, a cathedral, and many summer events. The Chateau is now open for both overnight guests and day visitors, and also hosts wedding receptions and other events, your chateau holidays in France. The Chateau de Challain is located only thirty minutes outside the town of Angers in the Loire Valley, the region of Castles, and only one and a half hours from Paris by TGV (High Speed Train). The Castle is easy to get to from England and Ireland by flying direct into Nantes airport. The Castle is situated at the corner of a quaint village in the western Loire Valley region of France. The ultimate destination for your destination Castle Wedding or Romantic Bed & Breakfast holiday in France. For the interior, they chose the same style as the outside, neogothic. This original decoration is unique in the Loire Valley, wood sculptures, Gothic panelling and furniture to accent the rooms along with large fireplaces and French painting on the ceilings. She built many outbuildings starting with the Stables in 1859, then the modern farm and the vegetables garden in 1870. In memory of her husband she built Monplaisir tower in 1875, the entrance and the romantic garden designed by the Count de Choulot in 1882.