When I was on the other side of this little town that I thought I knew it fairly well, in fact I had found a completely new place, as if I had never been there before.
So many castles here, public or private, small or big, if you want to visit, you are spoiled for choice.
This is a private big one.
Brissac is a family owned chateau, owned by the same family since 26 May 1502, date of purchase of the domain of Brissac by René de Cossé, a gentleman from Angers. His descendants, the Marquis and the Marquise still live in the Chateau with their four children.
Let’s look at its outside first.
It’s a bridge (Pont Barré) over the river Layon, built in XI century, restored in 1988.
The river Layon, was sort of a frontier between the region Anjou and Poitou. The bridge Barré was a demarcation point between Republicans and Royalists during the Vendée War (1793).
As at those days, the tax of salt was higher in Anjou then in Poitou. there were farm soldiers on the bridge controlled the traffic of salt between these two regions.
There are vineyards around the valley Layon, a very good white vin Coteau de Layon is from here.