The moat is crossed by a bridge which leads into the Court of Honor, where the Chateau is entered for a guided visit (fee).
The architecture of the Chateau is impressive, designed by Philibert Delorme. Most striking are the domed turrets at each end (frequently copied) and the Renaissance style facade looking out on the surrounding moat. The chateau has always been privately owned. We have recently visited the Biltmore Estate (Chateau?) in North Carolina and this reminds us of the wealth these enterprises require for acquisition and beautiful upkeep. The interiors at Serrant are quietly impressive (no photography is allowed inside), with furniture, busts and a vast library. There is also a pretty memorial chapel and well tended grounds to walk in.
There is almost always something beautiful not just in the architecture of these Chateaux but in the grounds surrounding the castle. Serrant featured a big moat, a huge courtyard and many grassy fields around the perimeter.
Yet another of the magnifique chateaux (or is that chateaux magnifique) en France. The castle's main distinguishing feature, besides its dominating presence, is the huge collection of antique furniture (meubles) on the interior. A tour through the rooms of the castle is quite an experience. The grounds are also quite relaxing to stroll around. Worth a visit definitely. For some history check out the website below. It is located about 10km west of Angers.