We had never heard of this castle, but it was highly recommended to us by the couple we were staying with and so we decided to try it even though it was about 30-40 minutes drive from where we were staying. It was well worth the trip.
The chateau at Carrouges was not like the medieval chateau-forts and residential "Loire style" palaces because it has almost all its original buildings from early medieval times, when it was a fortified keep, up to recent times when it became purely a place of residence. The chateau is surrounded by a moat and has a lovely gatehoiuse in brick - we were surprised to find that all the exterior walls of the chateau are also faced in in brick, laid in geometric patterns.
The history of the chateau was clearly explained by the guide (NB her English was not very good but there is an English guide sheet to help) and the interior visit was also interesting, taking about half an hour to get around.
We just got on the last visit before lunch - the chateau shuts from mid-day to 2.00pm and the last morning tour started at 11.15.
The "Maison du parc" nearby in the grounds is also worth a visit, but the garden of "Contes de Carrouges" was disappointing and I wouldn't recommend it.
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