The magnificent brick, granite and slate Château de Carrouges, built from the 14th to 17th centuries, lies on the border of the historic provinces of Maine and Normandie in the heart of Normandie-Maine Regional Nature Park. Boasting a small, elegant Renaissance castle at its entrance, the château itself is surrounded by water-filled moats.
The interior of the building contains sumptuous apartments decorated in a Renaissance and Classical style. During the visit, you will discover the Louis XI Chamber, where the king stayed one night in 1473, the dining room with a monumental fireplace, the Portraits Salon hung with paintings of the château's successive owners, the kitchen and its collection of copper pans, and the superb main staircase.
Surrounding the château is a lovely 10-hectare park with gardens, groves, an orchard and beautiful, well-preserved 17th-century wrought-iron railings.
A great programme of events punctuates the year, including candlelit visits on Friday evenings during the summer season, concerts, exhibitions and entertainment for children.
The estate's key occasion is the hunting and fishing festival that takes place every first weekend of August in the château grounds, with a mass of St Hubert, demonstrations, shows, competitions and more.