I went out of my way to get to this castle since Chateubriand is one of my favorite French writers. From Rennes I took a train to Combourg (about 20 euros both ways) and then walked from the SNCF station to the castle because apparently there's no public transport. It's a bit far, I walk fast but it took me around 40 minutes.
Once at the castle, I did the French tour since I speak the language but while I was buying my ticket a group of English tourists arrived and I overheard the cash attendant saying that they were going to offer them a tour in English (as if it wasn't normal for them to offer tours in English) so I thought it was weird. My tour guide was very knowledgeable and knew by heart some quotations from Chateubriand's book Mémoires d'outre-tombe which she recited to illustrate some of her explanations with perfect timing for us to make connections between the words and what we were seeing. What I didn't like however, was that it seemed a bit rushed and we were not allowed to take pictures. Somebody asked her why we couldn't see all the rooms and she responded that it was because the property is privately owned and people have always lived in the castle, so they don't want to let tourists in their rooms. I was disappointed by this and the price I paid (8.50) because I couldn't see more or stay inside longer.
I would recommend visiting this place only if you're interested in Chateaubriand and understand French. From the reviews I have read, just because the guides don't want to or can't speak in English (or any other language for that matter) the visit may not be pleasant if you don't understand French and for the price you pay I don't think is fair.
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