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Chateau de l'Hermenault
from 1st to 30 june: the Sat and sundays from 14h à 18h
From 15 july to 31 August:everyday except Monday from 14h to 18h
Admission :
Adult 4 €
Groups 3,5 €
child : gratuit

The site of L'hermenault castle has been inhabited since neolithic times.In 1003 a fortified priory was built here and was annexed to the Bishops of Maillezais abbey. During the 100 years war the priory was burnt down later the defense tower was transformed into a pigeon house.
In 1513 Bishop d'Estissac the new bishop of Maillezais built a Renescence castle on the site now only the large tower remains. According to popular believe it was Rabelais his secretary who had the Plaine Trees sent from Rome.
More damage was done during the wars of Religion, the Bishop de Bethune finally restored the castle in the 17th century.
The property was purchased in 1806 by Pierre Godard de Breuzes,  colonel d'Empire and has remained in the same family ever since.
The Rectangular park was arranged in the 17th and 18th centuries. 4 x 110 m long grassed terraces decend to the Longeves river which is bordered by a semi circular meadow. Overhanging the terraces is an impressive row of Plaine trees.

A row of lime trees leads off into the woods

Other features of note are the 17th century swimming pool for horses;
The 17th century bridge;
The 19th cenury watermill;
The Hydrau network of longeves,
The kitchen garden and the 17th century Barn.
The 17th century barn constructed by Phillibert Delorme is the best example of a Bateau Barn in western France. This colossal barn look like an upturned boat from the inside.
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The Chateau and Pigeon house l'Hermenault
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