A medieval castle near the Hôtel de l’Abbaye
Chateaubriand’s castle has been built between the XIIe and the XVe century. Located on a hill near a lac, this fortress was first built by the bishop of Dol, and later supplemented with other parts, such as a dungeon. The castle successively belonged to many families throughout history. It is eventually René Auguste Chateaubriand, father of the famous writer who bought it in 1761.
Chateaubriand’s family was ruined for a long time, but recovered its wealth thanks to Chateaubriand’s father who made a quick fortune in merchant navies. So he will buy the castle in 1761.
François-René de Chateaubriand will settle there with the rest of the family in 1777, at age 9. A part of his famous booke, « Mémoires d’Outre-Tombe » tells the story of his childhood in this castle.
Ghosts and legends
According to Chateaubriand, as he reports in his biography, the legend said that the castle was unhabited by a ghost of one of its former owner, a man with a wooden leg that people heard walking at night, and that his father said having once seen. The legend also added that this man was often accompanied by a black cat that one could hear meow.
It was discovered years later, as the castle was renovated, a skeleton of a momified cat, letting people think that the legend was real.
How to go to Chateaubriand's castle
Via D73 - 12,3 km by car
Via D80 - 13,8 km by car