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Escutcheon wrote a review Dec 2015
Pouance, France571 contributions129 helpful votes
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Sympathetic restoration continues slowly. A new access bridge over the old dry moat up to the twin drum-tower footings of the gatehouse is now in place. On Patrimony Day (September) there is a medieval encampment over the week-end. The Tourist Office - for some daft reason calling themselves "Anjou Bleu" (which gives no idea that you are asking about Pouancé!) arranges guided visits to the interior parts of the castle throughout the summer. Check times with the Tourist Office situated just off the Place de la Pillori by the old clock-tower gate.
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Date of experience: September 2015
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Escutcheon wrote a review Apr 2015
Pouance, France571 contributions129 helpful votes
Check first with the Pouancé Tourist Office first. Although he site is open all of the time they do arrange timed visits to see other parts of the old castle. They answer" Anjou Bleu" - which is off-putting - and they are only open on a Thursday morning during the season. How daft can the town be if they want to encourage tourism? The local Syndicat d'Initiative (which did it or free) has now been supplanted by a more highly-paid secretary! Local knowledge has been thrown out. What bureaucratic nonsense!
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Date of experience: April 2015
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dave m wrote a review May 2013
Angers, France30 contributions26 helpful votes
no real restauration protected by the so called architect de batiment de france who seem to spend more time telling people what they cant do in the área than trying to help with worth while renovation projects
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Date of experience: July 2012
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Escutcheon wrote a review May 2012
Pouance, France571 contributions129 helpful votes
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There is still plenty to see of this multi-towered castle which has been undergoing restoration over the years. There is an underground cellar where they used to store blocks of ice cut from the frozen moat in winter and you can see the channels for the melt-water cut into the floor. The site of the old drawbridge over the internal dry moat is still visible and there is a fine old gateway which you drive through to park inside the courtyard. There is a plan of the site and, like all old castles steeped in history it has its own ghost of the Lady shut in a tower. In the summer there are guided tours which start from the Information Office just by the old square (the place of the pillory) near an old clock tower which takes in some interesting old buildings on the way. Check with the Office for details. There are various remains of the old wall of the walled town and, occasionally, they have Medieval re-enactments when banners are strung across the streets and many townsfolk dress appropriately. Again check with the Information Office for details.
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Date of experience: May 2012
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