Pluvigner and its castles!!!

Ok ok so this is for the bragging rights! This is my little town of just over 7K folks and its loaded with architecture and historical monuments! I have to admit not seeing them all, but will do as soon as possible. I have written posts on these castles but had an older post that I will update here for you and me! Hope you enjoy as I, the castles of Kerlois and Keronic of Pluvigner!  And it is here that I wanted to stop by living just 2-5 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.

pluvigner-castle-keronic road

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 French revolution. In the 19C, the Castle entered the family Harscouët Saint George, it is  always in this family. The Saint-Joseph Chapel with its altarpiece as well as the home decor ,18C lounges, baluster staircase with its stained glass window, library, oriental style wallpaper ,also contribute to the heritage interest of this castle

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 from 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.


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 in 1407 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. He became Abbot Pierre de Keriolet, he then founded in Auray a general hospital dedicated to beggars who came to implore Sainte-Anne. Nicknamed the “Bandit of God”, he died in 1660 and was buried in the Basilica of Sainte-Anne-d’Auray. The private chapel was built by the mother, in Thanksgiving for the conversion of her son in Loudun.

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.

The city of Pluvigner on castles and manor houses as the two above:

And there you go folks, these are wonderful properties right in Pluvigner city limits and we enjoy passing by them every week. Of course, pictures are rare been private castles but will try harder in coming months. For now do enjoy the Castles of Kerlois and Keronic of Pluvigner!

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

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