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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, famous for designing the Louvre extension. They asked him to design the new Chateau to replace the one built in the 16th century and asked Rene Hode, a famous architect from Angers, to build the castle. The construction began in 1848 and was finished in 1854. The design was a classic arrangement of a rectangle base with four towers, 60 meters long and 47 meters high with 120 rooms on 5 levels and 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 husband’s dream. All this architectural construction in the village made this place one of the great private French residents 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.


Castle Bed and Breakfast

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 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 also easy to reach from England and Ireland by flying direct into Nantes airport.

Chateau Challain is the ultimate destination for your destination Castle Wedding or Romantic Bed & Breakfast holiday in France. The castle features a number of special features, including a neogothic interior design motif, wood sculptures, Gothic paneling and furniture to accent the rooms along with large fireplaces, and French painting on the ceilings. Starting with the stables in 1859, then the modern farm and the vegetables garden in 1870, there have been many special additions made to the Chateau’s exterior, making it an idyllic setting for any romantic getaway or French holiday.

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