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Chateau de Laastourist information guide
Address: Laas, 64390
Tel: +33 (0)5 59 38 91 53
Opening Times: Daily | Admission Charge
Chateau de Laas is surrounded by extreme beauty; namely centenary old trees, formal gardens and glassy green waters. Its exterior is also distinctive with perpendicular wings on the main building made out of roughcast stone.
Chateau de Laas is largely known for its collection of furniture, artworks and paintings that have been donated by three different families. Monsieur and Madame Serbat who owned the chateau from 1946 to 1964 were responsible for the decorative arts museum which includes Duke Philip le Bon's Book of Hours, Aubusson tapestries and paintings by Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun, Rubens, Fragonard and Brueghal. Not a bad line up!
In addition, you'll see Louis XVI panelling in the bedroom and salons. Mme Serbat's room boasts illustrations of the Fables of La Fontaine. The music room is also interesting as it houses painted fabrics which provide the backdrop for the Northern School paintings (Watteau de Lille). A first-floor bedroom is also where Napoleon slept with Maubert-Fontaine on 19th June 1815.
There are various activities including musical concerts that take place at Chateau de Laas throughout the summer. Once you've digested the above, you may also want to visit the Musée de Maize - a museum devoted to the subject of maize growing which was established here and in the Basque country in the 17th-century