Montreuil-Bellay Things to Do

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    Continued success

    by iandsmith Written Jun 17, 2012
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    Nowadays, Montreuil-Bellay has three industrial estates south of the ancient ramparts, ensuring a high level of employment in the area. Its horticultural college has a large viticulture section running training courses for workers from the hundreds of surrounding vineyards and winning medals for its wines.

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    Details

    by iandsmith Written Jun 17, 2012
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    The Château de Montreuil-Bellay was first erected on the site of a Gallo-Roman village high on a hill on the banks of the Thouet River.
    The property, consisting of more than 400 hectares (1,000 acres), was acquired by a Bellay family member in 1025 but was seized by a Plantagenet during the second half of the 1100s. After the defeat of the English by King Philippe II, a Bellay descendant, Guillaume de Melun, had high, massive, walls constructed with 13 towers and entry only via a fortified gateway.
    During the French Wars of Religion, the town of Montreuil-Bellay was thoughtlessly ransacked and burned but the sturdy fortress suffered little damage. Ownership of the castle changed several times including, through marriage, to the Cossé-Brissac family. During the French Revolution the castle was seized by the revolutionary government and used as a prison for women suspected of being royalists.
    In 1822 the property was acquired by Saumur businessman Adrien Niveleau, who divided the huge property into rental units. In 1860 Niveleau's daughter undertook occupancy and a major restoration campaign, redoing some of the rooms in the Troubadour style. Descendants of her husband's nephew are the current owners of the property.
    Nowadays, Château de Montreuil-Bellay is also the name of a wine made on the property

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    CHATEAU DE MONTREUIL-BELLAY

    by balhannah Written Sep 3, 2011

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    A fairytale Castle, this is what Chateau de Montreuil-Bellay looked like with its turrets & ramparts alongside the Thouet River, it was spectacular.
    The Chateau was built in 1025 as a fortress, and during the French wars of religion when the township was ransacked and burnt, the Chateau suffered very little damage. Once again, this is another Chateau that was used as a Prison, this time for women suspected of being Royalist's.

    In 1822 the property was acquired by Saumur businessman who divided the huge property into rental units.
    Nowadays, Chateau de Montreuil-Bellay is also the name of a premium wine made on the property.

    The Chateau can only be visited on a tour

    Address: Chateau de Montreuil-Bellay, Montreuil-Bellay, 49260
    Opening Times: Apr-Oct: Wed-Mon | Admission Charge

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    Quick snapshot

    by iandsmith Written Jun 17, 2012
    Close by the Thouet
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    In the short time I had there I managed to get a few shots off, including one of some local fishermen trying the waters of the Thouet.

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