35560 Bazouges la Perouse − France
+33 (0)2 99 97 47 86
Fax: +33 (0)2 99 97 47 70
Between Saint-Malo and Mont-Saint-Michel, between Brittany and Normandy, in a charming landscape of rolling hills and dense forests, and not far from a nearly untouched coastline, stands an elegant 17th century château, a French historical monument known for its beautiful gardens as well as for the many literary celebrities who have stayed there.
While retaining its authentic historical characteristics, the château has also been renovated and decorated with period detailing and modern fixtures. It is an ideal base from which to explore the Emerald Coast and the many little hamlets in the countryside as well as the cities of Dinan, Dinard, Cancale, Combourg, Fougères and Saint Malo.
Marie-Françoise and her family are proud to welcome you to this comfortable and luminous space combining 4 centuries of history and the comforts of home.
Service and Benefits
Secured parking place
Pets allowed (upon request)
Free wifi in the Château
Outdoor Spa and heated pool with a garden view
Free access to the gardens for our guests
Spa and sauna in private gardens
Breakfast - Brunch buffet
3 living rooms, Bar, Piano
Events: Concerts, topiary art festivals...
Breakfast at La Ballue
Served in the 17th century buffet room of the château, this will be a memorable breakfast.
There is a selection of Nina's famous teas, organic fruit juices, local and seasonal products: fresh fruit salad, artisanal jams, farm-style yogurts, homemade delicacies, cakes and crêpes, and a delicious sweet and sour buffet brunch...
Balzac, Chateaubriand, Musset, Victor Hugo, Marquis de la Rouërie, Florence Arthaud, Michel Couchat, Jacky Coville, J.M. Queneau, Monory, Michel Lanos, Rosita S. Dewez, Tapiès, Tal-Coat, Pierre Troisgros, Simon Barto, Karine Deshayes...
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Places to visit near the Château de la Ballue
The Château de la Ballue is an ideal base from which to plan a visit to Mont Saint-Michel and its beautiful Bay.
The Château de la Ballue, in close proximity to both Normandy and Brittany, is a perfect starting point for visitors who wish to explore the many tourist sites in the region.
The site is a world renowned landmark and has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1979. Its many living spaces, the medieval street, the cemetery and of course the great Abbey are all classified as historical monuments.
Major renovations and rebuilding are underway at the site to make the site an island again, further enhancing it and its surroundings. Each year, 3,300,000 visitors come to Mont Saint Michel – while the city itself has only forty inhabitants – to admire this masterpiece built between the ocean and the sky. Mont Saint Michel, built on a rock, has been described as one of the Wonders of the West. It is surrounded by remarkably well-preserved 13th century fortifications.
Le Mont Dol
Near Dol de Bretagne, the mount represents a long, legendary, mythic history. It is a granite massif, which according to legend is the stepping off point for the Archangel Saint Michael toward Mont St. Michel. There is a magnificent view of the Bay. And check out the mill, the village, and the Chapel of Hope.
Located on the outside edge of Brittany, the authentic medieval and historical city of Fougères invites you to discover its medieval quarter and its romantic quarter. We invite you to visit the Château of Fougères, the Saint Sulpice parish, the striking Place du Marchix, the museum of Emmanuel de la Veillion, a great Impressionist painter, and finally the picturesque Savigny House with its red tiled roof.
Welcome to the Gardens
A few kilometers from Mont-Saint-Michel, an enchanting universe filled with unexpected surprises.
As you arrive you will discover the rolling, verdant landscape bathed in the light so characteristic of Brittany, which has inspired many painters, notably the Impressionists.
This jewel of a 17th century château, bordered by a lush, sweeping valley has since the 19th century been linked to French literature, but it has also been depicted in many paintings and drawings. Its unique gardens have been redesigned and re-interpreted with taste and intelligence, and have once again taken on some of their original 17th century forms, a succession of sculpted shadows and light.
At the beginning there is a geometrical, terraced garden, with its sharp triangles, its shaped yews and privet hedges, then a long tunnel of black yew and diaphanous wisteria leads to the second garden, which is like an initiatory journey in which the visitor is constantly moving between light and shadow, from intrigue to serenity, from laughter to daydreaming...
"Redesigned and replanted, this garden offers the visitors a pleasing impression of harmony and poetry, the result of an exceptional research process and an elegance of execution, change, surprise, wonder, refinement, emotion, fun, freedom, distinguished futility and a slightly academic sensuality – all of which can be attributed to enthusiasts of the 17th century. There is even a discreet, refined eroticisation of nature in these gardens."
- Garden opening: Everyday from July 2nd to August 31st from 10:00 am to 06:30 pm. And from Thursday to Sunday, from March 15th to July 1st and September 1st to November 11st. The rest of the year, tours are available on request by calling +33 (0)2 99 97 47 86.
Welcome and tour brochure in English, French and German.
Duration of the free visit: between 1:00 and 1:30 (tour brochure, map and botanical index).
- Rates: Adult € 9.50 - € 7.50 for 10-18 years and students. Free for children under 10 accompanied by their parents.
- Adult group: € 7.50 for groups from 15 people.
- School groups and children: preferential rates - contact us. All groups are personally greeted by the owners and a presentation of the history of the site and gardens is given (duration 15 min at reception).
Reception of groups is preferably by appointment.
Guided tour of the gardens possible by owner (1:30): € 80 in addition to the entrance.
- Annual season ticket to the gardens: € 26
Our heated outdoor pool
Designed in the 80s by the utopian architect Paul Maymont, a friend of the editor Claude Arthaud, this extraordinary pool is set on an intermediate terrace under the ramparts of the Château de la Ballue, with a view over the verdant Couesnon Valley.
It echoes the baroque designs of the first gardens located on the principal terrace.
This large pool has been meticulously restored to the specifications of its creator. It is 17 meters long and 6 meters wide, and since June of 2015 offers visitors a 100 m2 space for relaxation and swimming. It is heated and has a wide wooden deck perfect for relaxing, reading or sunbathing on our comfortable deck chairs.
Access to the pool is free for clients staying at the Château. There is an exterior solar shower.
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- Take the Autoroute A13 (toward Rouen – Caen, then Rennes) until you reach Avranches, exit 34, toward Saint Malo (on the N175). At Pontorson, go toward Antrain (N175). At Antrain, turn toward Bazouges la Pérouse (on the D313). There is a sign for the château on the right, 4 kms after Antrain.
- Take the Autoroute A11 (toward Paris-Le Mans-Rennes) until you reach Le Mans, then take the A81 until Exit 5 at Laval (after the toll booth), going toward Fougères, then take the D155 toward Saint Malo until you reach Antrain. Then follow the signage in Dol de Bretagne toward Bazouges la Pérouse (D313). There is a sign for the château on the right, 4 kms after Antrain.
Take the Northern bypass to Exit 15, the "Historical Mont Saint Michel Route," the D175. At Sens-de-Bretagne, go toward Combourg on the D794, then at Saint-Rémi-du-Plain, turn toward Bazouges la Pérouse (on the D90). At the crossroads at Bazouges la Pérouse, there is a sign for the château 4 kms from the town.
From Mont Saint-Michel:
Go toward Pontorson (on the D976), then turn toward Rennes (N175). At Antrain, go toward Bazouges la Pérouse (on the D313). There is a sign for the château on the right, 4 kms after Antrain.
From Dinan or Saint Malo:
Take the N176 all the way to Dol de Bretagne, then the 2nd exit going toward Fougères (on the D155). At Trans la Forêt, turn right, toward Bazouges la Pérouse (D90 ). When you arrive in the lower village, turn left on the D91 (there is a sign for the château 3 kms out).
Or you may continue toward Fougères at Trans la Forêt. Turn right in the Villecartier Forest (on the D91). There is a sign for the château.
Go toward Saint-Malo until you reach Antrain.
At Antrain, go toward Dol de Bretagne, and look for the sign for the Château de La Ballue. (4 km after Antrain).