Château de Brissac, Brissac-Quincé, France

 

Château de Brissac Seven storeys high Château of Brissac wonderfully overlooks the vast estate which is spread out into an expanse of rolling hills and forest foliage.
Château de Brissac Seven storeys high Château of Brissac wonderfully overlooks the vast estate which is spread out into an expanse of rolling hills and forest foliage.

Seven storeys high Château of Brissac wonderfully overlooks the vast estate which is spread out into an expanse of rolling hills and forest foliage. The impressive building belonged to the Cosse-Brissac family for five centuries and has an incredible history attached to it. Built over seven floors, the Château de Brissac is the tallest Château in France and known as “the Giant of the Loire Valley”. It was first bought by René de Cossé, the first lord of Brissac back in 1502. Currently, it is home of the 13th Duke of Brissac who looks after the exceptional heritage of this building.

Château de Brissac, Brissac-Quincé, France
Château de Brissac, Brissac-Quincé, France

After the Château de Brissac was bought in 1502, it was severely damaged during the French War of Religions and was rebuilt later by the Jacques Corbineau. He aimed to create a tall and remarkable building, but unfortunately, his work was never finished. Today, the façade is a mix of contrasting styles with its Renaissance residential suites and medieval towers.

 

The Tragic History of Château de Brissac

Château de Brissac, Brissac-Quincé, France After the Château de Brissac was bought in 1502, it was severely damaged during the French War of Religions and was rebuilt later by the Jacques Corbineau.
Château de Brissac, Brissac-Quincé, France After the Château de Brissac was bought in 1502, it was severely damaged during the French War of Religions and was rebuilt later by the Jacques Corbineau.

The Château de Brissacwas initially made as a Medieval Fortress in the 11th century by the counts of Anjou. The building was rebuilt in the 15th century by the Minister to King Charles VII, Pierre de Brézé. The history of Château is sadly stained by the tragic tale of Charlotte de Valois. According to historians, Charlotte de Valois, who was the daughter of King Charles VII and Agnès Sorel, was married to Jacques de Brézé. On a night of May 1477, while Jacques returned home from a hunting trip, he had dinner with his wife and went to sleep. In the middle of the night, a servant woke him up and informed about his wife’s affair with a man named Pierre de Lavergne. After Jacques discovered about her affair, he killed both with his sword. It is believed that Charlotte’s ghost still haunts the building at nights.

Château de Brissac, Brissac-Quincé, France The history of Château is sadly stained by the tragic tale of Charlotte de Valois.
Château de Brissac, Brissac-Quincé, France The history of Château is sadly stained by the tragic tale of Charlotte de Valois.

 

The Ghost of Green Lady

The Duke of Brissac and his family, the current residents, have witnessed her ghost roaming the rooms, especially at night. Many guests have also reported seeing her in the tower room of the chapel wearing a green dress. According to some, the most terrifying thing about the ghost is her face. If Charlotte’s spirit looks at you, you’ll notice her face with gaping holes in place of her eyes and nose, similar to a corpse. Along with her sight, her screams and moans are also often heard throughout the castle in the early hours of the day.

 

Opening Times and Tickets

The castle is open to visitors all year round, but the timings are different every month. See below for the castle’s schedule:

 

April till the end of June and September

10 am – 12 am & 2 pm to 5 pm every day except Tuesdays

July and August

10 am to 5 pm every day

September and October

10:30 am – 11:30 am & 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm every day except Tuesdays

November to March (During French School Holidays only)

Every day except Tuesdays, two guided visits at 2 pm and 4 pm

 

Ticket price varies depending on the tours you want to do at Château de Brissac. For castle visit, wine tasting and access to the grounds and underground tunnel, here are the ticket prices in USD (as per current rate):

For adults: $13.08

Reduced adult rate (for students and disabled): $11.44

Children (age 8 to 16 years): $4.90

Children under 8 years: Free of Charge

Visit of the park, underground tunnel and the medieval kitchen (except for the castle): $6.54