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Château de l'Hermenault

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The site of L'hermenault castle has been inhabited since the Neolithic period. In 1003 a fortified priory was built here and was annexed to the Bishops of Maillezais’ Abbey. During the 100 years war the priory was burnt down and later the defence tower was transformed into a pigeon house.
In 1513 Bishop d'Estissac the new bishop of Maillezais built a Renaissance castle on the site but now only the large tower remains. According to popular belief it was Rabelais his secretary who had Plaine Trees  sent from Rome.
More damage was done during the Wars of Religion. The Bishop de Bethune finally restored the castle in the 17th century, with the Ladies castle being added in the 18th century by Mgr. De Crussol.
The property was purchased in 1806 by Pierre Godard de Breuzes,  Colonel d'Empire and has remained in the same family ever since.

The rectangular park was constructed in the 17th and 18th centuries, where four 110 metre long grassed terraces descend and cover (canalised) the Longeves river, which is bordered by a semi-circular meadow created in the XVII century. A double row of 62 lime trees leads off into the woods, and overhanging the terraces is an impressive row of Plaine trees

Other features of note are the 17th century swimming pool for horses;
The 17th century bridge;
The 19th century watermill;
The Hydrau network of the River Longeves,
The kitchen garden and the 17th century Barn.
The 17th century barn constructed by Phillibert Delorme is the best example of a Bateau Barn in western France. This colossal barn looks like an upturned boat from the inside, hence its name “Bateau Barn”  Bateau meaning boat in French.

From 1st to 30 June: (the) Saturday and Sunday from 14h to 18h
From 15 July to 31 August Every day except Monday from 14h to 18h
Admission :
Adult €4
Groups €3,5
Children free

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