The Rough Guide to Brittany and Normandy by Greg Ward

The Rough Guide to Brittany and Normandy by Greg Ward

Author:Greg Ward
Language: eng
Format: epub
ISBN: 9780241236116
Publisher: Rough Guides Ltd

Château de Combourg

Guided tour only: April–June & Sept daily except Sat 2–5.30pm; July & Aug daily 10.45–11.30am & 2–5pm; Oct daily except Sat 2–5pm; gardens April–June & Sept daily except Sat 9.30am–12.30pm & 2–6pm; July & Aug daily 9.30am–12.30pm & 2–6pm; Oct daily except Sat 10am–noon & 2–5pm • Gardens €3.50, gardens & château €8 • 02 99 73 22 95, www.chateau-combourg.com

Perched on a hill, overlooking magnificent landscaped gardens, the Château de Combourg was the childhood home of the writer Chateaubriand (now buried at St-Malo), and remains in the hands of his descendants. The castle’s Tour du Chat is supposedly haunted by a ghost taking the form of a cat; Chateaubriand himself claimed it was haunted by the ghost of the wooden leg of a former lord – and that the cat was merely an acquaintance of this phantasmal limb. The entrance to the château is not where you expect it to be: turn right at the end of Combourg’s main square instead of continuing straight towards the keep, and it’s a short way up on the left.


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