Trois Châteaux

We have visited some beautiful châteaux since arriving in France four months ago, including Château de Valmer, Chenonceau, Château de Domfront, just to name a few. As I have mentioned before, some of these were built as fortresses, others as hunting lodges, and others as holiday homes, and we have seen a variety of each type.


Today I’m writing about three impressive châteaux; Château de Lassay, Château de Carrouges, and Château de Canon.

Château de Lassay, located in the Mayenne department of Normandie, was build as a stronghold. First built in the 12th century, it was mostly demolished by French troops in the Hundred Years’ War (to keep the English from occupying it), and then re-built in just one year between 1458 – 1459. It has eight towers connected by a rampart.

This holly tree is rumored to be the oldest one in France.

We learned durning our tour that people slept sitting up. They thought their chances of death were greater if they laid down while sleeping; thus the short beds.

There were some darling little lambs on the grounds when we visited.

This castle has been a historic monument since 1862, and is open to the public from April to September for a small admission fee.

Château de Carrouges was also build as a stronghold, and later destroyed by English forces in the Hundred Years’ War. It was rebuilt in the 15th century, and additions were added over time to make it a comfortable home.

The Gatehouse

The château is decorated with portraits of previous owners, as well as furniture from the Renaissance.

Wisteria in the courtyard

The château is open year round and has a small admission fee.

Château de Canon was built during the 15th century and has passed through the hands of many families over the years. It was used mainly as a residence until WWII, when it was captured by the Germans and used as a hospital. It was badly damaged during this time, but has slowly been restored over the past decades.

This château has 37 acres of beautiful gardens to explore, and a working farm with sheep, chickens, bee hives, and much more.

The château is also open year round and has a small admission fee.

France has over 40,000 châteaux; astonishing! We’ve seen maybe two dozen at this point. They are all very interesting in their own way, and offer a lesson in French history as well.

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Wishing you grand adventures,


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  1. Very interesting. I find it although weird that they need to sleep sitting…aren´t they not cramped? I wonder if you can have a good night sleep by that!
    The castle itself is impressive..and the gardens as well.
    the gatehouse was almost the same as the gatehouse that we have over here, we called it “Kreuztor” or the Gate tower.

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  2. Some of these châteaux are quite grand … and their gardens equally lovely! I love to see them through your lens (and it’s amazing to see how different the one is from the other).
    Oh btw, I’m glad the idea of sitting up while sleeping is not necessary anymore 😉.

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  3. 4000 chateaus! I wouldn’t bet against you seeing them all ha ha. The thing about the short beds made me laugh, I wouldn’t mind having that incredible creation teleported into my bedroom here. Even if my legs do have to poke over the end a bit. Just checking. should there be a video in this article? I think there is a broken video link in there.

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  4. The Gatehouse at Château de Carrouges is the cutest entryway, just seeing it would satisfy me although they were all very grand and lovely. I’m not sure my life would last long if I had to sleep sitting up. 😊 Maggie

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  5. So interesting and I had no idea France had so many châteaux! I can’t imagine sleeping sitting up every night! I love the gate house.

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  6. Gorgeous châteaux! Never been to any of them, which is unfortunate as I lived in the Normandy region for two years. Looks like there’s a lot to explore, and I’m glad you’re enjoying your time seeing them all! Can’t wait to see where else you visit in Normandy (and beyond)!

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