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Chateaux in Mayenne

The strategic position of Mayenne's many rivers and tributaries has played a huge role in the construction of its chateaux and fortresses.

Chateau de Laval, for example, is situated in a large valley occupied by the Laval river and Chateau de Craon is situated on a tributary of the Moselle (a strategic point between France and Germany). However, the construction of Mayenne's chateaux were often an expression of the power of local feudal lords such as the de Loge Lords who were responsible for Chateau du Bois Thibault.

In the 19th-century, defensive fortress cum castles gave way to sumptuous private residences. Chateau de Goue, for example, looks like a typical Breton manor more than a classical French chateau. So, all in all quite an eclectic mix!

Our Favourite Mayenne Chateaux

Chateau de Laval
Laval, 53000
Houses the Museum of Archaeology and is the former residences of the Counts of Laval.

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Chateau du Bois Thibault
Lassay-les-Chateau, 53110
A feudal château occupied by the English during the Hundred Years War.

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Chateau de Goue
Fougerolles-du-Plessis, 53190
An imposing granite château reminiscent of a Breton manor.

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Chateau de Craon
Craon, 53400
A pearl of 18th-century architecture with period furniture and formal gardens.

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