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“As the tagline goes: a castle under a castle”
Review of Chateau de Breze

Chateau de Breze
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Breze
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Owner description: Visit and guided tours of the chateau and grounds that have had castles since 1063. Open 10 - 7:00 pm (19H) everyday during spring and summer (closed on Mondays, October through March). Tours daily at 10H30, 13H30, 14H30, 15H30.
Reviewed 3 September 2013

Possibly one of the most interesting an unexpected places I have been. The chateau is not one of the biggest in the area (others are enormous) but it was clearly built as a fortification and you can explore kilometres of underground caves and troglodyte houses underneath and beside the deepest dry moat in Europe.

You can visit two of three wings of the privately owned renaissance chateau, which is plenty. But the real interest is the underground caves, the fortifications and the vinyard wine tasting. The chap in the wine tasting room was happy to talk us through a variety of wines from the region and let us taste a good selection. We brought a picnic from the boulangerie and small supermarket in the nearby village (around 300m walk away) and ate it on a picnic table in the park. All in all it was incedible. Possibly helped by the small numbers of visitors.

Thank TravellingAlice
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Reviewed 21 August 2013

Three generations visited this beautiful chateaux. it was great to explore the tunnels with the younger ones who loved exploring the caves and nooks and crannies. The older generation enjoyed a gentle stroll around the castle and the outstanding views.
The picnic area was clean with a beautiful view across the valley.

Thank domesticsunray
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Reviewed 15 August 2013

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!

2  Thank Impavid574
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Reviewed 13 August 2013

We wanted something different and we got it! The chateau is in two parts; the troglodyte chateau and the newer chateau. We loved the Troglodyte part. A walk down steep steps and slopes takes you back in history to a mine of underground rooms including stables, wine cellars, silk worm rooms, a bakery and more. Long underground tunnels take you on a tour of life in the past. It was fascinating. The newer part was good but only a few rooms were open however, we were fascinated by the old.

Would highly recommend this as a day with a difference! Don't miss it :)

Thank Kags68
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Reviewed 9 August 2013

The castle of Brézé (close to Saumur and Chinon) has the unique particuliarity to open both its "up" rooms and its "down" corridors. Take this tour on a warm day: you will enjoy the freshness of the places you'll discover from the deep "douves" around the castle: they're still researching how people in the early middle age lived in these troglodyte spaces... Take the lunch at the brasserie: not that big choice but honest plates for a good price/quality.

Thank Anne-Marie C
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