Chateau de Montreuil Bellay - Vallée de la Loire
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“Château Montreuil-Bellay’s impressive state of preservation is no miracle, but rather the result of a thousand year-old tradition of restoration, reconstruction and maintenance. Each family in turn, put its own mark on the château, adapting it according to the needs and fashions of their time.”
 
“A formidable defensive edifice, Montreuil-Bellay unites all the different architectural phases of the Middle Ages.”
 
“Towards the end of the fifteenth century, at the cusp of the renaissance, the Lords of Harcourt had the building renovated to give it its present appearance as a Renaissance country residence.”

 

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** in the Michelin Green Guide to the Châteaux of the Loire :

" Montreuil-Bellay, occupying a charming site, has retained its autentic medieval character "

" Imposing walls, pleasant gardens and remarkable furnishings are the main features of Montreuil-Bellay. Beyong the barbican, inside the fortified gateway, stands the graceful residence built by the Harcourt family in the 15 C. "

** in the Guide du Routard to the Loire Valley :

" Informative guided tour ... Wonderful furnishings "

" The Château produces some excellent red and white Saumur wines "

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The Blue Hachette Guide to the Loire Valley :

“This adorable little town, the last of the walled towns in Anjou, has great character. Montreuil-Bellay has managed to retain its medieval allure with its imposing château and its fortified centre ”
 
“Dominating the Thouet river from its rocky outcrop, it is an excellent example of the evolution of fortified castles at the end of the Middle Ages



Le Petit Futé of the Loire Valley :

“Six hundred metres of ramparts and thirteen towers, no less, defended this fortified residence during the Middle Ages, its barbican being the pièce de résistance of this magnificent edifice "
 
“Those who enjoy fine wines will certainly appreciate a taste of the château’s excellent produce "

 

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The Gallimard Travellers Encyclopedia "Châteaux de la Loire" :

“Its flamboyant oratory is decorated with magnificent frescoes.”