Chateau de Brézé

Chateau de Brézé, Breze: Hours, Address, Chateau de Brézé Reviews: 4.5/5

Chateau de Brézé
4.5
Historic Sites • Castles
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10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
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Visit and guided tours of the chateau and grounds that have had castles since 1063. Open 10 - 6:00 pm (18H) everyday during spring and summer.
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Dilbertfan
Surrey, UK414 contributions
Apr 2022
The Chateau de Brézé is famous for its labyrinth of undergound passageways cut into the rock (known as tuffeau). These stretch 4kms, of which 1.5Kms is open to the visitors. The underground passageways provided a place of hiding and refuge in past centuries. Its very high dry moat (the highest in Europe) made attack very difficult, and gave defenders the upper hand when it came to arrows and later flintlocks from which to fire upon attackers from all sides. The passageways incorporated kitchens, stores, bread ovens, wine making and storing facilities, wells, stables, cells, stone carving facilities and secure accommodation space. The castle itself has rather less to commend it, especially when compared to other famous castles in the area. You wont find anywhere to eat nearby, so plan to avoid the lunch hours there if you get hungry.
The place is quite unusual, and definitely worth seeing if you are in the region.
Written May 3, 2022
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Albywon
Sydney, Australia11,584 contributions
Jul 2020 • Couples
The real highlights here are the underground Chateau (there are many kilometers of rooms and tunnels, only a small amount is open) as the above ground château has limited access and does not allow photos.
The tunnels are great though and visiting the original bakery ovens and wine press were the highlights for me.
Free wine tasting with no pressure at the end of the visit.
Self guided audio available for 3€, bringing total cost to 14€90 per adult.
Written July 25, 2020
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Dear visitor, Thank you very much for your visit and this very good feedback! Photos of the interior of the castle are prohibited as a precautionary measure, the site being above all a private residence. Good continuation to you,
Written August 10, 2020
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Haidee S
10 contributions
Jul 2020
Our Gite host recommended Breze as a 'must see' and we agree! The caves and moat are quite astonishing and we spent a long time exploring Breze's underground world. The moat is spectacular. Very good place to visit on a hot day.
Written August 2, 2020
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Dear visitor, Thank you very much for your visit and this great return! The undergrounds are indeed something really unique and their constant temperature of 13° allows you to refresh yourself in complete peace of mind. Good continuation
Written August 10, 2020
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BobxxxxCindy
North Palm Beach, FL1,375 contributions
Jul 2021
Grand chateau with the usual well kept grounds and interior. However in this case it dates back to the 10th century when it was a cave system used as the castle. You can wind thru the underground with stables, food storage areas and living quarters. All different and very interesting.
Written September 18, 2021
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Trevor N
Jersey, UK481 contributions
Sep 2019 • Couples
My wife spotted this Chateau in a Saumur guide book and we decided it looked interesting because of the deep moat.

We arrived around lunchtime and had hoped to get a snack on site, but, rather unusually, there isn’t a cafe or any refreshments available. This was solved by a short walk into the village and sharing a very good pizza at the bar opposite the church, the bakery just across the road being closed over lunch; well this is rural France.

Entrance was €11.80 each, which seemed reasonable at the time but this is more than we paid for the Chateau de Saumur (castle) and that is better maintained with better internal signposting and information boards.

The main moat is spectacular, but the Chateau itself needs a lot of TLC as could the grounds; unusually for a Chateau like this there aren’t any formal gardens. Similarly, the out buildings and stables don’t seem to form part of the tour which would normally be part of the history of the Chateau.

All in all, there are many more interesting and spectacular Chateaux in the Loire.
Written September 11, 2019
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Dear visitor, We thank you for your visit and for your comment. Indeed, the castle of Breze is a private monument that does not yet have a restaurant, even if this is in the projects. The 11.80 € you pay to enter the castle will be used to improve the services offered by the castle. The price is higher than the castle of Saumur, but it is absolutely not the same service (the castle of Saumur is a museum and it is a public castle). We are sorry that you did not appreciate your discovery of the castle of Breze and its incredible underground. All the best.
Written September 12, 2019
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Claude T
Bucharest, Romania9 contributions
Apr 2015 • Couples
Though it was at first rather difficult to find the castle - our GPS led us to the back of the domain - the walk through the castle and its moats was genuinely wonderful.

It is surrounded by vineyards and it gives the feeling of being recently abandoned by its owners - the setting of all the objects, both underground and within the castle, is just as if left by chance. I loved that we could roam freely in the caves below, explore all the old rooms and walk within its dry moats. In fact, it is just for these moats and the bridge that looms above them that I would visit again and again.

I have visited many castles in the Loire valley in the week that I have seen this one, but this was one of the few that conveys authenticity: one could actually imagine what is was like 500 years (or more) ago - the smell of damp and cold in the underground, the overwhelming walls and small peak windows that one can look at from below, the sore feet that you get from climbing the countless stairs - imagine being asked a glass of cold water by the owner of the establishment or a loaf of bread: pure horror.

And the view from the small windows - spectacular! Would have loved to be the bishop that lived there, wake up in the morning and admire my vast estates in the morning, just before breakfast:)

The castle is worth every cent if you look for more unscripted experiences and less luxury for display. There is not much furniture or even rare paintings, or even many rooms in the actual castle to visit, but, as I said earlier - you can delve into the past thanks to the dry moats, the creaking of the old floors or the cold of the underground tunnels opening from some random hole in the moats.
Written August 19, 2015
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mabelEngland
South West England, UK162 contributions
Jun 2015 • Couples
We selected this particular chateau from all the others in the area because it claimed to have another chateau underground. I have to say that the leaflets on this attraction do not do it justice. We easily spent 3 hours here, as the underground rooms are just so incredible. The moat is the deepest dry moat in Europe and gives a clue to what might lie underneath the present day chateau. You will see about 1 km of the underground tunnels out of a total of 4km, including the 16c bakery, wine presses, and many other interesting parts. After touring the underground structure you can visit rooms in the presnt day chateau, which include some fine furniture. This really is two chateaux for the price of one and I recommend that if you only want to visit one chateau in the Saumur area, you visit this one.
Written June 24, 2015
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DaveAlx
Kidderminster, UK179 contributions
Sep 2014 • Couples
A real must visit for its quirky structure and history. Not for those unable to cope with stairs and tunnels or for claustrophobics. The underground structure and life of this "castle" is easy to imagine as one travels from cave to cave, from bakery to wine production. The above ground is small but that is much of its charm. It is easy to believe that real people lived there.
Lots of parking but possibly not a place for a busy August day
Written September 30, 2014
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Impavid574
Jersey, UK36 contributions
Aug 2013 • Family
Having stayed at an awful hotel nearby, the visit to the Chateau de Breze all but made up for the previous night's disaster. I don't know if there's a word for someone with a serious attraction to castles, maybe fortophile, but this was one of the best, particularly the sou-terrain part and at 30 euros for a family visit it was good value for money. The underground areas were utterly fascinating - even my children, who are far from being fortophiles, enjoyed the visit. Quite apart from the deep moat and the tunnels themselves areas like the bakery, the wine cellars, the silkworm room and the spectacular 'pigeon-loft' were amazing - and the guide given at the ticket office was very helpful by way of explaining everything. The areas of the Chateau above which were open to visitors were also very interesting, especially the plumbing! If you're in the Saumur area you'd be crazy to miss this, especially if you're a fortophile!
Written August 15, 2013
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verode
7 contributions
Nothing interesting to see, you walk in moats most of the time
Written March 28, 2012
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