Having stayed at an awful hotel nearby, the visit to the Chateau de Breze all but made up for the previous night's disaster. I don't know if there's a word for someone with a serious attraction to castles, maybe fortophile, but this was one of the best, particularly the sou-terrain part and at 30 euros for a family visit it was good value for money. The underground areas were utterly fascinating - even my children, who are far from being fortophiles, enjoyed the visit. Quite apart from the deep moat and the tunnels themselves areas like the bakery, the wine cellars, the silkworm room and the spectacular 'pigeon-loft' were amazing - and the guide given at the ticket office was very helpful by way of explaining everything. The areas of the Chateau above which were open to visitors were also very interesting, especially the plumbing! If you're in the Saumur area you'd be crazy to miss this, especially if you're a fortophile!
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