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Chateau de Brissactourist information guide
Address: Château de Brissac, Brissac, 49320
Tel: +33 (0)2 41 91 22 21
Opening Times: Apr-Sep: daily (restricted at other times of yr) | Admission Charge
The Chateau de Brissac is a huge castle owned by the dukes of Brissac since 1502. It is considered by some to be rather distasteful as it was altered by the dukes in the 17th century. They were blamed for failing to pull down the original 15th century fortified towers which threw its symmetry off balance. That's not to say it's not worth a visit!
The castle spans over seven storeys and has some fantastic grounds. Inside there are ornate furnishings and a theatre that was solely lit by chandeliers. The gallery of ancestors houses a portrait of Veuve Cliquot, one of France's first female business gurus who owned the Cliquot champagne business. Her grand-daughter, who is the present duke's grandmother, was apparently one of the first women to obtain a driving licence.
You can stay overnight at the chateau if you so desire and immerse yourself in the history of the time.