Château de Goulaine, a jewel in the Loire !!

We went on our little overnight road warrior trip in the Loire Nantaise. My son grab a brochure from the last place we were, Vignobles Marchais (see post), and saw a castle knowing that I loveeee Castles!!! So it was close by and we headed for it. I am updating the post but also splitting it into the castle part and the LU museum part, This is a wonderful Chateau de Goulaine. Of course, heard about it, and even passed by it several times but as I have said before, so much to see and it seems time and money is never enough. My belle France is amazing and each day it grows on you. Let me tell you here about the castle and its history ; hope you enjoy it as I.


The Château de Goulaine is located in the town of Haute-Goulaine in the immediate vicinity of the marshes of Goulaine, in the department 44 Loire-Atlantique and in the region of Pays de la Loire. Built on the marches of Brittany, this castle once separated the Duchy of Brittany from the Kingdom of France. It is also the last of the castles of the Loire, going from east to west. Built of Tufa Stone. It dates from the end of the Middle Ages, early Renaissance. It still has vestiges of its ancient fortified past.


A bit of history I like

The castle has been the home of the Goulaine family for more than a thousand years. Today, thirty generations have already succeeded in the castle that are open to the public’s visit. In the 12C, when the Duchy of Brittany became independent, the first Goulaine, Jean de Goulaine, then captain of the city of Nantes, fortified the property, which is still nowadays surrounded by marshes to protect itself from the attacks of the Normans. The Goulaine were a family of ancient nobility, already quoted in the 7th Crusade of 1248. In the 12C, king Louis VII of France and King Henry II of England (Plantagenêt) gave both their arms (the lily flower and leopard) to the Goulaine family.   During the Wars of Religion, the Goulaine’s fought in the ranks of the Catholic League. Gabriel de Goulaine ,joined king Henri IV, and later obtained in 1621 from king Louis XIII the erection in Marquisate of his Lordship of Goulaine. The family of Goulaine remains owner of the estate without interruption until 1788, when it is sold to a shipowner and wife of Dutch origin. This sale helps to prevent the destruction of the castle during the French revolution. In 1858, the estate was bought by a member of the family of Goulaine, who kept it because of his family redemption in 1960 by the Marquis Robert de Goulaine thanks to the fortune of his mother, born of Argenson.


And even wine history too ,but of course , we are in the Loire! Although it is not clear when the vineyard of the property started the commercial production of wine, rather than a wine simply dedicated to family consumption, the vintage during which the property of the Château de Goulaine began to produce wine is In fact the oldest wine-growing firm still in activiity; this is probably the third oldest commercial company in the world, and this family business is considered to be the oldest in Europe. The Castle estate is one of the last castles of the Loire to still to produce wine.

Inside you see wonderful rooms richly decorated and well preserved from the Red room or Salon Rouge 17C, to the big room or Grand Salon 16C, the kitchen 15C,  curiosity room or cabinet des curiosités, The bedroom or chambre of king Louis XIV style, French gardens  the tour des Archives, and cour du Grand logis inner courtyard, are all magnificent.







Some amenities of modern nature indeed very nice.  It has a nice tearoom, shop and sale of wines from the collection “Marquis de Goulaine”. As well as biscuits and accessories of LU . Located at the entrance, the boutique and the tearoom are available free of charge on the castle’s opening hours. Free Parking without street crossing at 100 meters from the entrance of the castle. There is a back section by the gardens where they rent rooms for part of the year,

Some webpages to help you plan your trip to the castle part are:

The Official Château de Goulaine

The Nantes tourist office on the castle

There you have it folks, another jewel in the Loire in my belle France , and only a couple hours from me. The Château de Goulaine is a must to visit and if rush I will say head for the museum superbe (check if still open) ! Enjoy it as much as we do.

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

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