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“Chateau de Breze - a different experience”
Review of Chateau de Breze

Chateau de Breze
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Breze
Certificate of Excellence
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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 24 March 2014

Breze needs to be on your hit list of 'must sees'. Not only does it boast the deepest moat in Europe, but there's a whole underground of living accommodation and working areas, as well as the more traditionally glamorous chateau, which is what you first see when you arrive. The moat and the underground area provided an incredibly efficient defence for the chateau. It's an extraordinary place which appeals to all ages. The underground area needless to say is at times uneven and in places also steep and dark, so for anyone who's uneasy in those types of conditions, please bear this in mind when you're visiting. There are hand rails and safety lighting. Effectively everyone and everything moved underground when the chateau was under attack.There's even a bakery. The Chateau produces it's own wine. If I remember correctly the ticket price includes a tasting. www.chateaudebreze.com

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Reviewed 23 December 2013

The mention of some underground areas to explore attracted us to this chateau. There is far more to see below the ground here than above, given that only a few rooms are open in the main building. However, seeing the original subterranean stronghold right below the chateau (dating back the best part of a 1,000 years), and then heading out into the deepest dry moat in the Loire was great fun. Our children loved looking around the passages and seeing where they led. We were all impressed at the scale of the underground bakery and winery, where much of the machinery and vats remain. Standing in the moat and looking up at the building is a bit vertigo-inducing!
Good to take children over about 4 around, if they have the stamina for at least an hour of walking, but I certainly wouldn't have wanted to attempt a buggy through the underground areas!

Thank Antony B
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Reviewed 31 October 2013

After you've seen one castle, it's easy to feel like you've seen them all. Chateau Breze was fascinating because of the deep history of the limestone underground dwellings of the Lords of Breze. Incredibly sophisticated for the middle ages, these men and families had intricate defense systems and ways to live in relative luxury albeit underground. I can't imagine the scenario where living was so dangerous that you had to sequester yourself underground with your own wine, baker, and silk worm farm! If you like history and find this stuff fascinating - take the time to visit.

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Reviewed 5 October 2013 via mobile

We arrived after the chateau had closed for the day. However the walk from the parking area gives visitors stunning views of the castle. Walk around the dry moat for great photos.
Reading other reviews makes us want to return for the full tour someday. For now, we have beautiful photos of a chateau that, at least for one evening, we seemed to have all to ourselves.

Thank bullbarley
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Reviewed 29 September 2013 via mobile

The brochures and flyers made this chateau sound very inviting. My experience proved that the staff are anything but. I really could not recommend this place.

The man on the front desk couldn't bring himself to speak to me, he merely grunted. Not a good start.

There is a lot of climbing up and down old worn steps so you have to rely on hand rails or ropes but many of these are coming away from the walls. Given the cost of entry I would have thought they could at least maintain safety standards.

There are many interesting things to see but if you are not French you will, for the most part, need a dictionary or translation app to help you understand the signs. Not internationally warm or welcoming!

1  Thank TamarTiger
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