For the golfers- Circuit of 4 courses around Briottières-Anjou Golf ( Owned by my uncle) 4Km : www.anjougolf.com
Tel. +33 (0)2 41 42 01 01
Sablé 25 km : www.golf-sable-solesmes.com
Tel. +33 (0)2 43 95 28 78
Angers -Avrillé 17 km : www.bluegreen.com
Tel. +33(0)2 41 69 22 50
Golf de Baugé 45 km : www.golf-bauge.fr
Tel. +33 (0)2 41 89 01 27
Promotion- 20% reduction on green-fees given by Château des Briottières. Anjou Polo Club : www.anjoupoloclub.com
Weekend polo organised in a superb setting only 20Km from Briottières.
The Anjou region is home to some remarkable and unusual sites. Nearby towers and ramparts will offer you views which are often breathtaking. Its castles abound with exceptional heritage. There are charming quiet villages, lovely landscapes with steep hills planted with vines, romantic parks and gardens… So many interesting things in store for you! François and Hedwige de Valbray will advise you on the best places and walks in the area.
Château du Plessis Bourré
One of the finest castles in Anjou, only ten minutes from Les Briottières. Still occupied today by its owners. Built in 1468. The transitional architecture is a cross between a fortress and a Renaissance-style dwelling. Opulently furnished rooms, magnificent structure and in the Guard Room, a ceiling painted with mysterious alchemic figures whose secrets remain to be discovered.
Château de Montreuil-Bellay
A mix of feudal strength and Renaissance grace. ...
The Château Montreuil-Bellay with its time immemorial winemaking tradition.
Four families and ten centuries of history.
The Château Montreuil-Bellay is a must to visit on the crossroads of the Loire Valley and the Valley of the Kings. In addition it is close to some of the most beautiful historical sites.
The Cointreau Museum
Visit the distillery founded in 1849 and hear the fine story of the Cointreau monks who invented the famous liqueur based on orange peel. This fun, educational, cultural museum enables you to explore, in four large themed areas, the secrets of success of the COINTREAU brand. More than 4000 documents and objects on display over 3000 m². 80 publicity films, a 12-min history film, original items which are unique in the world...
The Pottery Museum at Malicorne-sur-Sarthe
This is a working Pottery Museum established on the site of an old factory, in a remarkable architectural setting combining tradition and modernity.
Château de Montriou and gardens
Around the 15th – 19th century château and 15th century chapel, which are classed as Historic Monuments, the gardens contain weird tunnels of gourd-bearing plants.
Château de Brissac
Enter France’s tallest château with its seven levels. Ancient trees and magnificent vistas in the garden. The 204 rooms inside display a sumptuous décor. Huge cellars.
Château d’ Angers and the Apocalypse Tapestry
This castle, built in the early 13th century by Saint Louis (King Louis IX), is characterised by its pentagonal wall, nearly a kilometre long, bulging with 17 massive towers. Inside are its hanging gardens and the famous Apocalypse Tapestry (1370), the largest piece of Medieval weaving in the world, at more than 100 metres long.
Château de Serrant
A 16th century château whose appearance is magnificent and yet severe. Inside is one of the finest collections of French furniture. Exceptional library.
Gregorian Chants at the Abbaye de Solesmes
This is one of the most prestigious Christian monasteries, still occupied by monks… It is also a centre for Gregorian Chanting. High mass services chanted (at 10 a.m.). Magnificent sculptures from the late 15th and 16th century - masterpieces of French sculpture.
Le Lion d'Angers
Open air heated swimming pool (12 x 6m) situated in the vast walled flower garden.
- Tennis (quick).
- Bicycles available free for all guests and all ages.
- Horse riding in the Château park (€30 pp/hr)
- 15 July to 15 August pony club on site.
- 18 hole Golf course 4Km L’Anjou Country Club ( 20% discount green-fees for Briottières guests)
- 36 hole Golf at 25Km – Le Golf de Sablé Solesmes ( 20% discount green-fees for Briottières guests)
In the Park
- English style park covering 50 hectares filled with 100 year old trees where you can stroll along the bridle-paths towards the lake.
- Ping Pong
- Childrens games
- Fishing in the lake
- Hot Air Ballooning from the park of the château (€350 pp 1 hour flight) Flights at 09hrs in the morning or 20hrs in the evening depending on the weather conditions.
Cooking courses with the Cordon Bleu School of Cooking. ( Pre booking required).
Traditional cookery course for groups of 8 persons or more.
The mornings cover specific themes with practical demonstrations.
Afternoon courses – the participants prepare the evening meal with the chef.
Please ask for additional information : www.cordonbleu.com