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A vineyard : Château Montreuil Bellay - Tasting and selling at the castle - Online sales

Tel : +33 (0) 2 41 52 33 06      vins@chateau-montreuil-bellay.fr        https://www.chateau-montreuil-bellay.fr
Place des Ormeaux - 49260 Montreuil Bellay - France


A charming hotel : Le Relais du Bellay, Hotel *** Spa, swimming pool and private parking just in front of the Castle
Tel : +33 (0) 2 41 53 10 10          lerelaisdubellay@orange.fr           www.hotelrelaisdubellay.com
Entrances rue du Château and 96 rue Nationale - 49260 Montreuil Bellay - France

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CHÂTEAU DE MONTREUIL-BELLAY

A glorious story

The first citadel was built during the eleventh century by Foulque Nerra, the Count of Anjou. It's situated on the foundations of a Roman oppidum. Foulques Nerra called "the Black Falcon" was a tireless warrior, an insatiable builder and belongs to the narrow circle of the faithful of the King of France, Hughes Capet.

From his descendants was born the Plantagenet dynasty which reigns over England from 1154 to 1485. In fact, Goeffroy Lebel called Plantagenet, is the great-great grandson of Foulques Nerra. He maried Mathilde of England, daughter of Henri the 1st. They are the parents of Henri the Second who married Alienor of Aquitaine. Henri II et Alienor are both buried at Fontevraud Abbey with their son, Richard 1st.

Foulques Nerra entrusts the citadel to his vassal Giraud Berlay. Montreuil-Bellay gains its reputation of impregnable place because of the struggles between the throne of Angletere and the crown of France. One battle is particularly famous. Geoffroy Plantagenet, Count of Anjou, besiege Montreuil-Bellay's Castle, between 1148 and 1151 before winning the battle against Giraud II Berlay.


The attachment of the Berlay to the crown of France leads King Philip Augustus in 1208 and King Louis VIII in 1224 to hold their court at the Chateau de Montreuil-Bellay.

During the 13th century, Montreuil-Bellay  is a great place for hunting and falconry. Sumptuous festivals take place at the castle.

During the 14th century begins the Hundred Years War. Hungry people take place in moats of the Castle and in neighboring monasteries, while the Lord of Montreuil-Bellay, William de Melun-Tancarville dies gloriously in 1415 at the Battle of Azincourt. His grandson, Guillaume d'Harcourt, married Yolande de Laval, sister-in-law of King René of Anjou.

Henry II of Orleans, Duke of Longueville, inherits the Castle. Ambassador, he signed in 1648 the Treaty of Westphalia which puts an end to the Thirty Years War. His wife, Geneviève de Condé is one of the instigator of the Fronde with her brother, the Grand Condé. She is forced by Louis XIV to be exile at castle of Montreuil-Bellay. She leads with her many admirers, including the Duke of La Rochefoucault and the Viscount of Turenne.

During the 17th century, the religious war burst forth. Catholics and Protestants come to supply with arms and ammunition at Montreuil-Bellay.

During the French Revolution, Jean of La Trémoille, Lord of Montreuil-Bellay, remains faithful to King Louis XVI. The castle is requisitioned and transformed into a prison for monarchist women.

After the Revolution, the Château was bought by a wealthy merchant of Saumur. His daughter married the Baron Alexandre de Grandmaison, an officer in the custody of Charles X. They restored the castle and leave it in legacy at their nephew Georges de Grandmaison. Georges de Grandmaison is great-grandson of General Mouton, Count of Lobau, Marshal of France, aide-de-camp of the Emperor Napoleon 1st.

Georges de Grandmaison, mayor of Montreuil-Bellay for 16 years and parliamentarian of the district of Saumur for nearly half a century, opens the castle to the wounded of the First World War. Nearly 1,200 soldiers will be treated in this unusual hospital.

The Castle still belongs to the same family, who strives to maintain it to share its glorious history and beauty.

WHAT CAN BE SEEN, INSIDE AND OUTSIDE !

Access facilities to disabled persons :

Level access to the billetery and the garden.

Access to the medieval kitchen with two stairs.

Access to the castle with five stairs.

Access to the rempart, to the Canon's houses and to the cellars with staircases.

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The visit of the interiors is a tour of 55 minutes in history. Our guides have been selected for their skill and passion. They bring you to the medieval kitchen, in the vaulted cellars that support the Château and where the Wine Confraternity "the Sacavin" is born, in the dining room where are related the feats of arms of Marshal Lobeau, companion of Emperor Napoleon, in the bedroom of the Duchess of Orleans Longueville, erudite cousin of King Louis XIII and sister of the Grand Condé, in the large salon, in the music room illuminated by an exceptional crystal chandelier of Venice and finally, the majestic honor staircase where illustrious occupants of these places could ride on horseback and where appears the charming portrait of Georges de Grandmaison, parliamentary of Anjou for more than fifty years.

The discovery of the gardens, suspended above the Thouet, is done without accompaniment. The visitor wanders freely along a path lined with educational panels illustrated for use by adults and children. He climbs the narrow steps that lead him on the walkway, makes a stop in the logis of the canons where are exposed very beautiful photographs on the esoteric language of the carved figures of the ceilings of the castle.

 

AN IMPOSING COURTYARD AND GARDENS 

AN INHABITED AND FURNISHED CASTLE :

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A CITADEL ON THE THOUET :

The hotel Relais Le Relais du Bellay *** is a member of "the Logis de France" network. It has 22 rooms ; 12 of them have a bird's eye view of the castle facing them.

It hava private parking closed at night, a heated outdoor swimming pool open at beautiful days, a jacuzzi, a steam room and a sauna, as well as an equipped gym.

On simple phone call, the establishment's staff can offer you a personalized welcome.

www.hotelrelaisdubellay.com
Tel. +33 (0)2.41.53.10.10

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Located on a promontory of limestone rock, the Château is reflected in the water mirror of Thouet. It emerges the irresistible scent of a romantic nostalgia.

It is delicious to walk there as if to go on an adventure, to discover the architectural heritage of the city

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WINERY :

We have a vineyard of 16 hectares with Cabernet Franc, Chenin and Chardonnay.


This is how our winemaker develops in our historic cellars of the 15th century with patience and passion for still wines and sparkling wines in AOP Saumur (red, white and rosé) and Crémant de Loire (white and rosé) under the brand "Château Montreuil Bellay."

Our frequently rewarded wines can be tasted and purchased on site. You can also get them on our secure online purchase site :

https://www.chateau-montreuil-bellay.fr
Tel: +33 (0)2.41.52.33.06

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PERIODS AND OPENING HOURS :

We thank you for respecting the health precautions posted at the entrance.

Open to visitors from Saturday May 22 to Monday November 7, 2021 as indicated below:

From May 22 to June 11, 2021 :

Opening limited to the weekends of May 22-23-24, May 29-30, June 5-6, 2021 from 10:00am to 12:00am and from 1:30pm to 6:00pm

From June 12 to June 30, 2021 :

. Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am to 12:00am and from 1:30pm to 6:00pm

. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m

. Closed on Tuesday

Tasting and sale of Domaine wines : https ://www.chateau-montreuil-bellay.fr

Months of July and August 2021 :

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, open from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 2:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, open continuously from 10:00am to 6:30pm

Tasting and sale of Domaine wines : https://www.chateau-montreuil-bellay.fr

From September 1 to November 7, 2021 :

Open every day, except Tuesday, from 10:00am to 12:00am and from 2:00pm to 6:00pm

Tasting and sale of Domaine wines : https://www.chateau-montreuil-bellay.fr

 

The secret is well kept. Nestled in the shelter of a fortified wall of 600 meters flanked by 15 defense towers, the citadel consists of a barbican at the outposts, an old castle locking access to the courtyard, a new unfinished castle at the end of the 100 years war, a monumental central kitchen for the service of the 400 soldiers who occupied it and the Logis of the 4 canons who served the Collegiate Church.


You can enjoy a moment of rest in the high garden and take a look at the low garden bordering the Thouet.

LE RELAIS DU BELLAY HOTEL *** :

The guided visit of the furnished interiors, enamelled with anecdotes and historical landmarks, will enchant you. Our guides will transport you in time: kings, queens and important people who lived or stayed in this Castle will accompany you in the cellars, the kitchen, the lounges, the dining room etc ...

 

ENTRANCE FEES :

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As part of deconfinement, to ensure strict compliance with health measures, we are temporarily modifying the termes of the visit :

Contrary to what is indicated below, single price for the free visit of the interiors in a slightly smaller format, and the gardens :

Adults: € 10.00 - 6 to 18 years old: € 6.00 - Under 6 years old: free.

The visit of the interiors is usually guided. It includes the unaccompanied visit of the gardens.
The tasting of the Domaine's wines is offered to amateurs.


Normal entrance fees are as follows :

Adults : € 12,00
Families (*) : 15% discount
The Incontournables (**) : € 10,80
Groups of 8 adults and more : € 11,00
Groups of 25 or more adults : € 10,00
Students and school children aged 15 to 25 : € 10.50
Children from 6 to 14 years : € 7,00
Children under 6 years old : Free

(*) 2 adults and at least 2 paying miners - not cumulative benefit
(**) See the "Partnerships" tab


Access to the gardens exclusively, without accompanying or visiting the interiors :
€ 7,00 all ages
Free under 6 years old

 

News

DURING OFFSEASON :

The Château is closed to individual visits to Novembre from March.

During the offseason, visits may be organized by reservation (Tel : +33 (0)2.41.52.33.06) for groups of more than 25 people.

The sale of the wines of the property is always possible during the offseason. It is however prudent to call the Château (Tel : +33 (0)2.41.52.33.06) to ensure the presence of the staff at the time of your passage.

Otherwise, you can buy the wines of the Property at the same conditions at the Relais du Bellay *** Hotel Spa located rue du Château, facing it (Tel : +33 (0)2.41.53.10.10).

SOCIAL NETWORKS :

We are now present on major social networks to better inform you and to be more attentive to your suggestions and comments :

The Facebook, Instagram and Twitter links are at the top of the homepage.

NEW !

A 45 minute walk in the ditches !

In addition to the visit of the interiors and the gardens,

we suggest a guided walk in the open air:

6 stations in 45 minutes

in the ditches of the fortress, at the foot of the defense towers

VISITORS RATINGS :

The reputation of its welcome and the interest of its visit place the Château de Montreuil Bellay at a high level. As of February 3, 2019, on hundreds of registered notices, he obtains the rating of :

         . 4.9 out of 5 on Facebook
         . 4.5 out of 5 with TripAdvisor
         . 4.3 out of 5 in Google

We are doing everything possible to continue to progress.

 

BOOKING

PARTNERSHIPS

MEMBER OF THE ASSOCIATION "LES CHÂTEAUX DE LA LOIRE"

www.les-chateaux-de-la-loire.com

The Château de Montreuil Bellay is a member of the "Châteaux de la Loire - Vallée des Rois" Association. It brings together 80 exceptional sites presented in a single call document distributed over 600,000 copies throughout the Loire Valley. This document can also be consulted on the internet.

CUSTOMER BENEFIT IN "LES INCONTOURNABLES" ("MUST SITES")

The Château de Montreuil Bellay, the Royal Abbey of Fontevraud, the Château de Brézé and the Château de Montsoreau, four of the jewels of the Saumurois, have come together to encourage your cultural thirst. Upon presentation of the entrance ticket in any of these four sites, you are offered a special price advantage at the ticket office of the following site. Inquire at the checkout of your first purchase. Get the flyer available at each of the member sites.

ONLINE TICKETS

https://patrivia.net

https://www.my-travel-pass.com

 

You can buy your entrance tickets directly at the cash desk of Château de Montreuil Bellay. However, if you prefer to book your visit and buy your tickets in advance, you can get them online on the Patrivia website or on the MyTravelPass website.

LABELLIZED "CAVES TOURISTIQUES" ET "VIGNOBLES & DÉCOUVERTES

"TOURIST CAVES" AND "VINEYARDS AND DISCOVERIES"

Château de Montreuil Bellay has been awarded a double quality label for its wine offer:

 

http://atout-france.fr/services/le-label-vignobles-decouvertes

 

The label "Vignobles et découvertes" is awarded for a period of 3 years by Atout France, after recommendation of the Superior Council of Oenotourism, to a destination for tourism and wine offering a range of multiple and complementary tourism products (accommodation, catering , cellar visit and tasting, museum, event ...) and to guide the visitor on qualified services.

https://www.partenaires-tourisme-anjou.fr/creer-et-developper/developper-mon-projet-doenotourisme/caves-touristiques/

The label "Caves touristiques" is recognized by the Loire Valley wine trade association to tourism stakeholders who have adhered to a common welcome charter and a specific quality approach.

SOME IDEAS AROUND

Near the Château de Montreuil Bellay : between 15 and 40 minutes drive

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CHATEAU DE BREZE *

A castle under the castle

ABBAYE ROYALE DE FONTEVRAUD *

A monastic city

2. rue du Château - 49260 Brézé

+33 (0)2 41 51 60 15

www.chateaudebreze.com

accueil@chateaudebreze.com

* Member of "Les Incontournables du Saumurois"

See the "Partnerships" tab

49590 Fontevraud

+33 (0)2 41 51 73 52

www.fontevraud.fr

* Member of "Les Incontournables du Saumurois"

See the "Partnerships" tab

 

CHÂTEAU DE MONTSOREAU

A Museum of Modern Art

Passage du Marquis de Geoffre

49730 Montsoreau

www.chateau-montsoreau.com

* Member of "Les Incontournables du Saumurois"

See the "Partnerships" tab

cCHÂTEAU DE CHINON

A royal fortress

37500 Chinon
+33 (0)2 47 93 13 45
www.forteressechinon.fr
forteressechinon@departement-touraine.fr

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CHÂTEAU DE VILLANDRY

Exeptional gardens

3, rue Principale - 37510 Villandry
+33 (0)2 47 50 02 09
www.chateauvillandry.fr
info@chateauvillandry.com

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CHÂTEAU D'AZAY LE RIDEAU

A jewel of the Renaissance

19, rue Balzac - 37190 Azay-Le-Rideau

+33 (0)2 47 45 42 04

www.azay-le-rideau.fr

 

CHÂTEAU DE
MONTREUIL BELLAY

Place des Ormeaux - 49260 Montreuil-Bellay - France

+33 (0)2 41 52 33 06

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