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August 15, 2019

Domaine de Trevarez at St Goazec!

And continuing on my showcase of my lovely Bretagne, we headed north to our neighbor Finistére dept 29 and were in and around the town of St Goazec where we saw marvels as in previous post, this one is on the wonderful Domaine de Trévarez , a castle and park just outside of city center before arriving on the D36 road.

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This one I feld needed a post on its own because its wonderfully beautiful and still in renovations, however you can see two of the three floors of the castle and the vast park/gardens. Therefore, let me tell you a bit more on the Domaine de Trévarez ( on site is a Domaine because of the gardens, then also call a castle for the main building).

St Goazec

The Château de Trévarez is located in the limits of the town of Saint-Goazec, but outside no the road D36 that leads you to city center/downtown. Built at the end of the 19C by James de Kerjégu, president of the general council of Finistère to welcome his worldly relations, it is, with its park open to the public, an important monument of Finistère. The castle is both an example of eclectic style, combining Victorian and Neo-Gothic styles with elements of Breton decor, and a prototype of the house equipped with the latest technological advances of the time: elevator, central heating, running water, electricity , etc. Its wrought iron door, was also exhibited and awarded in 1903 at the Grand Palais in Paris before being installed in the castle. Very damaged in 1944 by an Allied bombing, it has since been bought and put in value by the general council of Finistère.

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A bit of history I like

The name of Trévarez is of Breton origin. It comes from “Trev”, which means district (or place formerly inhabited. In 1567, the barony is erected in Marquis de la Roche by Henry III, for the benefit of the knight Troilus de Mesgouez, who was page at the court of Catherine de Medici before being the lover. Governor of the city of Morlaix, then viceroy of New France in 1578. It was his niece, Anne de Coëtanezre, Marquise de la Roche and Laz, and wife of Charles de Kernezne, who made the manor of Trévarez their ordinary residence . The mansion was totally rebuilt during the 17C.

It was inherit by Louise de Bot du Grégo, only daughter of Charles-François Jules du Bot and Marquess du Grégo, wife of Viscount Antoine-Henry d’Amphernet of Pontbellanger, who was Chouan (rebel vs the French revolution) and she denounced him to the troops of Gen. Hoche (Gen of the army of the west to crutch the rebellion), which was her lover. Louise du Grégo will succeed, thanks to her relations, to spare Trévarez from revolutionary looting. Widow, she will then marry General Bonté in the chapel of Trévarez. The castle remains today the manor, completely modified and modernized in 1860 by François de Kerjégu, the Chapel Saint-Hubert, formerly dedicated to Notre-Dame, then rebuilt in 1699 and placed under the patronage of Saint Hubert, patron of hunters, and the Fontaine Saint-Hubert, dated 1700, nestled at the foot of the current Castle.

St Goazec

During WWII, the Castle of Trévarez served, from October 1939, to receive the classified objects and collections of museums, from the Pas-de-Calais. In July 1940, the castle will be requisitioned by the Nazi occupation forces and serves as a resting place for kriegsmarine submariners stationed at the port of Brest between two missions at sea and Japanese submariners stationed at the port of Lorient.

In 1968 , it will be bought by the General Council of Finistère, which will start a progressive renovation, starting with the outside of the castle and the gardens. The roof of the castle will be restored in 1993, revealing its metallic structure. However, a chimney will be missing on the new roof, which disappeared during the bombing. Reopened in 1971, the garden, now 85 hectares, is labeled “Remarkable Garden”. There was an impressive colony of bats, protected species, in the attic or basement. Eight different species coexisted in the abandoned castle. They now have a special place at the entrance of the attic. Today, it houses the National Collection of Rhododendron Cultivars, with about 700 varieties, the Certified Collections of Cultivars as well as botanical species of the genus Camellia, some of which are extremely rare, as well as extensive collections of heathergrass ( Camellia, Hydrangea, Pieris …), as well as various trees, such as Japanese maples, oaks, Virginia tulip trees, silver limes, as well as several hundred-year-old conifer species (Monterey pines, Scots pines, Sequoia, Sequoiadendron , Sciadopitys, Thujopsis, Thuja plicata ‘Aurea’).

St Goazec

St Goazec

St Goazec

St Goazec

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here as usual by me are

Finistere heritage on the castle of Trevarez

Tourist office of Chateauneuf du Faou on the Castle of Trevarez

Tourist office of Brittany on the castle in English

Parks and gardens of France on the castle

You have all you need to come enjoy this wonderful property about an hour from me by car. The best entry is to take from front office to the stables and then the chemin des camélias hilly but wonderful trees and takes you right in front of the castle. Good for a whole day if you are into nature , and there is a cafe inside on the stable building as well as a boutique at the left entrance to the castle main. Enjoy the Domaine de Trévarez at St Goazec

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

 

 

 

August 15, 2019

St Goazec in the Finistére breton!

So here I am already in my vacation and before i take off for the Loire and  Spain (more later) I am indulging myself in some new territories of my lovely Bretagne. As said before, so much to see here, and the old saying is know your country before you know the world… I am doing that one at a time.

I decided to travel with the boys to Saint Goazec in the Finistére dept 29 of my lovely Bretagne, just less than an hour from me! And behold, there are beauties to see here. I will try to bring you up to date on the town in a couple posts; bear with me please.

Saint-Goazec  is a town cut off by the Aulne river that splits it from Châteauneuf-du-Faou (more on it later) , and the town is 30 km from Quimper and 58 km from Brest. The  castle of Trévarez is located  just outside (more later).

During the French revolution, the Trévoazec estate passed into the hands of Antoine-Henry d’Amphernet of Pontbellanger, a Chouan chief who died in 1796 in Médréac after being ambushed by soldiers of General Hoche (native of Versailles and gen of the armies of the west) ; he had been denounced by his wife, the Marquise Louise Bot du Grego, who was the mistress of General Hoche. The   Republican revolutionaries blues, in recognition of the services she gave them, razed the church of Trégoazec, but left intact her lands and her manor of Trévarez. The canal from Nantes to Brest with the Voaquer lock and its salmon and trout ladder, which allows them to climb the course of the Aulne to spawn. The parish Church of St. Pierre, built in 1896. The Calvary and his Madonna and Child, alas mutilated, dates from the 15C.

The construction of the Church of Saint-Pierre took place from 1894 to 1896. It is a church in the shape of a Latin cross formed of 3 naves with 3 bays. The shell, in shale rubble, is partially coated. The frames of the bays are cut granite. It is covered with paneling painted blue. The arch is painted in ochre and yellow. The transept has a polygonal choir lit by 3 stained glass windows: The central stained glass dates from 1593 and represents The Passion. The Church St Pierre houses the statues of the Virgin Mother, Saint Goazec, Saint Peter and Saint Herbert.

City of Saint Goazec on the Church

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Another curiosity that i can add to this post is the Château de Kervoazec which is a private property but I was able to arrive just to it. It is now rented for special events such as wedding and can be rented as lodging B&B. Very interesting if you like castles like me to see it. The property is just outside of main city center on the road D36 before reaching St Goazec.

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The Château de Kervoazec was built around 1860, on the site of the ancient village of Tregoazec by Louis Monjaret de Kerjégu, deputy and general counselor of Finistère who practiced there raising horses and creating a farm-school , that allows young girls in the country to work so that they can live in their area. The embroiderers made Breton lace: headdresses, collars, etc. Thirty young girls were working there in 1928 the workshop is annexed to the school. In 1930 the decline in orders led to a decrease in the number of embroiderers and by 1939 only 22 workers were left; in 1946 the workroom was closed. His daughter Anne Monjaret de Kerjégu married Count Eudes de Rouvroy of Saint-Simon, mayor of Saint-Goazec between 1919 and 1929, nephew of Claude Henri de Rouvroy, count of Saint Simon , founder of Saint-Simon, who made him build Ker Maunoir, a pretty house at the end of the park for his daughter. From 1932, after the death of Eudes de Rouvroy of Saint-Simon, the castle, then called castle of Saint-Simon became the property of Pierre de Foucault, Baron de Tournebu, because of his marriage with Genevieve de Rouvroy de Saint-Simon, daughter of Eudes de Rouvroy de Saint-Simon, who opened a lace workstation there between 1916 to 1928. A man of the 19C, a supporter of the French Action ( a French far right monarchist political movement)   which he presides the local group, he organized important political meetings in which participated in particular Leon Daudet and many Camelots of the king. The castle was occupied by the Nazi army from May 1944 and served as a gathering center for the children of Brest. The current park is only 8 ha, the rest having been gradually sold in the 1950s. Since 2014, the Castle of Kervozec offers hotel rentals all year round, dining rooms rentals etc.

Official Chateau de Kervoazec

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This is an introduction to the town of Saint Goazec, another post to follow shortly. Enjoy it ,this is the backwoods of my belle France in lovely Bretagne, off the beaten path and the beauty to be in real French country. Family and friends tells me I am lucky and I am beginning to believe it !!! For now enjoy Saint Goazec in the Finistére breton.

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

 

 

 

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