Bieuzy Lanvaux, Landaul closer to home!

A wonderful sunny day in my area and home , so again took advantage and took our little ride with the family as usual.  The temps go up to 20C here today and you can see the folks out like summer is here even if not officially. This is a re post from April 2014.

I set out this morning into the country near me, at Bieuzy Lanvaux, there are a wonderful Church of Saint Bieuzy , small typical looking chapel like so many in Brittany. This one is high on a hill overlooking the Loch plateau, and better park at the bottom and walk up as the Streets are very narrow and steep difficult for a turnaround.   A bit of history on this Church in French by the city of Pluvigner  Saint Bieuzy is also called saint Bihui.

The legend says that the saint was struck in the skull with a knife because he did not want to interrupt his mass to cure of rabies the dogs of the Lord of Melrand. He wished to make a last visit to his friend Saint Gildas and made a stop at Bieuzy-Lanvaux.   The Chapel is built in the memory of its passage. Built on a hillside, the Church overlook the village. The southern facade is from 1593, year where the Church has been modified. The western façade wastransformed when the chapel became the parish church, annex.

On this occasion, a slightly protruding massif has been integrated as well  the Portal full- arch dated 1838. On the back wall of the choir is arranged a table of the Holy Family. There are also two side niches of carved wood from the 17C, located in the choir.

On the left the statue of Saint Bieuzy is presented on the right a throne to Madonna and Child. Several other statues are present in the Church: those of Sainte Brigid, Notre-Dame de Lourdes, Saint Joseph and Saint Theresa.  A statue can intrigue the visitor: that of a Holy Knight dressed in a coat and holding a shield but no sword. It could be Saint Michel.




We, also, visited briefly the Logis de Florange, one of the main banquet, wedding places here in the country, the pride of the area if you are holding a family gathering. It has a multitude of links for trips, vacation, tourism in the area, here

Last on this area , we went by the front of the Abbaye de Lanvaux, this is private, but full of history. When the local rebels ,the Chouans, gathered here with General Cadoudal (of Auray) , waiting for the immigrant breton to arrive from England by Quiberon, this is where they camp out. Unfortunately the landing was discovered, and the link up never happened, instead many immigrants 795 were sentence to the firing squad, and today are buried in the Chartreuse of Auray.


A bit of history , other,  this  monastery is located near the old Castle of Lanvaux and the fief of the Barony,  the construction is set as in  1138!!! by the Abbot Ruaud and Cistercian monks, with the support of the baron Alain de Lanvaux who donated to the monks of Bégard of a Manor House on the right bank of the river Loch. In the 18C a Abbey House is built near the convent. It eventually installs a glassworks in 1824 and a smelter in 1827.

In 1824,  was built at a small distance of the convent, a glassworks,  which was  replaced,  three years later,  by a foundry.  The property of the convent and the  neighboring  properties  has passed, then by various hands. But , the park and the forest of Lanvaux with 207 hectares and the forest of the abbey with 45 hectares remained the property of the State.

We past effortless thru the city center of Pluvigner as it is market day or jour du marché, and got some goodies, and then a tour into deep country, passing by the town of Landaul and its nice Church or église Saint-Théleau in city center.  This parish Church of Landaul, having been demolished in 1862, the Chapel Notre-Dame de Bon-Secours nearby, itself built around 1450 , becomes the parish Church in 1863.  To give to the new Church a form of a cross , two chapels, one to the north, the other south of the nave are added. The original facade is preserved.


Here you absolutely need a car, you go into lieu-dits or section in the country that are attached to nearby towns but are on their own, with only tiny black panels telling you are entering  Kerlios or Kéronic , etc.

And it is here that I wanted to stop by living just 7-10 km from them!  The first one encounter was the Château de Kéronic, a private residence sitting in a long one way road that at the end into the woods you come across the castle right at you!!  Beautiful property that is usually open on heritage days in September.  A bit of history, my hobby amateur but doing it for many years and volunteer and or friend of many here in France.  It is an imposing remake of the  15C / 17C reworked by  the family Harscouët  Saint George circa 1860.

Its still the property of this family, currently represented by the vicomte  Christian de la Tullaye.   The lordship of Queronic or Keronic was Henry de Launay in 1427.  In 1717 it passed by marriage to the Lenvos Carpenter, who kept the castle  until the Revolution. In the 19C, the Castle entered the family Harscouët Saint George, it is  always in this family.


The entrance to the cour d’honneur ,several times restored, has a pond , private chapel, surrounded by a large forest. The park of Keronic  was designed by Legendre in the 1880s, is remarkable with its land plants from heather, rhododendrons, camellias and hydrangeas, as well as exotic trees such as sequioas, araucarias, etc.  It has a pond and French style garden. The castle can be seen from afar, from the grid at he end of a long beautiful road of trees, 2,5 km to the northwest of Pluvigner right on the road D 102 direction Languidic.

We moved on to the other side of Pluvigner to visit another private property, the Château de Kerlois; This is even more difficult to find as there is no panel on the road D102 and we found it by pinpointing the lieu-dits on the map and figuring the grassy wooden entry off the road looks like a grand house was there. Well, it proved right as once going thru this narrow one way road, passing some rusted gate, we came across the beauty of this castle. Info you can find on the link above from Pluvigner city town hall.


A bit of history here too, of course. The castle dates mostly from the 17C (facade) but retains some elements of the 15C. At the beginning of this 15C, it then belonged to Eon of Kernigues, Squire of the Duke Jean V of Brittany. In 1607, the lordship of Kerlois was acquired by Olivier Le Gouvello, Lord of Keriolet. His son, Pierre de Keriolet, spent his childhood. The private chapel was built by the mother, in Thanksgiving for the conversion of her son in Loudun. In 1800, the castle is owned by the Bobinnec family. The seigneurie belonged in 1407 to Eon Kernigues, Squire of the Duke Jean v. It then passed to the Lestrin of Saint-Avé, the Keriolet Gouvello .  The garden was planted of medicinal plants and a vegetable garden. It must be said that at the end of his life the man without faith nor law, housed a hospice at the rear of the Castle. The 17C marked the transformation of the Park in a French style garden.


The 2 highlights of this park are camellias with over 15 varieties and remarkable charms; you can admire a beautiful cedar of the bicentennial Lebanon brought back by an ancestor of the current owner, who was Captain in the Royal Navy. Its chapel was restored in the 18C, as well as its beautiful stables. Acquired around 1800, by Armand de Bobinnec. The Castle is now the property of his descendants, the  family Bourjac.

As both of the above castles are still in private family hands and are only available for seeing in heritage days and then some not, passing by them is nice enough me think, and they are just so near that I do passed by them often. More in French at the City of Pluvigner heritage page:  City of Pluvigner on heritage and its castles

And time to rest, and think of what to do tomorrow ::) Have a great week!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!


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