An impressive castle stretching into the sea
with a view of cape Fréhel from the côtes d’Armor

Plévenon, Côtes-d'Armor Bretagne FR
Cultural and artistic experiences in situ, Bretagne

Guided tour of the property

Guided visits of the castle take place every day during high season (1st April – 30th September) and on weekend afternoons, bank holidays and school holidays during low seaon (1st October – 31st March). Prices start at 3,70€ for children and 5,70€ for adults (4,70€ for concessions).

Other

“Les Médiévales” takes place every year in August and every other year in July. Prices in July are set at 9€ for all ages, in August it is 9€ for children and 14€ for adults.

Les journées européennes du patrimoine

du 15-09-2018 au 16-09-2018

Property owners’ take the floor

Why did you settle in this region, in this place and not elsewhere ?

Simply because we are from Brittany and we inherited the castle.

What can you offer people staying with you ?

Although we do not offer overnight stays, we do give visitors the chance to explore a castle that has been classified a historic monument since 1925; the site itself has also been classified and enjoys a spot along the Breton coastline with its characteristic moors and heather. Visiting the castle is an opportunity to understand what makes a fortified castle, from its military and residential functions through to its political and economics ones. Once or twice a year (in July for children and late August for all ages) we organise two or three days of festivities called “Les Médiévales” which includes shows and entertainment that offer an insight into medieval life.

What specific architectural features does your building have ?

Despite inevitable changes over the centuries, the castle has preserved many of its architectural features from the 14th century. Whether for aesthetic or defensive purposes, the castle must have above all reflected the taste of whoever constructed it. Triangular arches sit above the gates of the two drawbridges that overlook the donjon and distinguish themselves from the inevitable features that you would usually find such as high crenelated walls, machicolations, a portcullis and a meurtrière . Evangelist and Christian symbols that were carved into the stone of the donjon are still in remarkable condition and indicate the cardinal points with the Angel of Saint Matthew to the east, the lion of Saint Mark in the south, the eagle of Saint John to the west, and the ox of saint Luke in the north. On the decorative side of things, it is worth mentioning the trilobal leaves in the style of ornamental clovers that feature on the lintels of the donjon’s rampart walk as well as the triple recessed corbels that support it.

Places you would personally recommend

As we cannot receive guests at the castle, we recommend La Maison Bellvue to those who wish to stay nearby. We can also point them towards a few good restaurants in the area such as the Relais St Aubin in Erquy or La Fermette in Matignon. Just a stone’s throw from the castle there are also some excellent goats cheese producers who really go above and beyond to make high quality cheeses.

What is its history ?

Castles have long been built or rebuilt during wars; the castle of the Roche Goyon is no exception to this rule. It was built by Etienne Goyon to defend the duke of Brittany during the War of Succession (1342 – 1364). The Goyons, like all great lords of the time, established strategic alliances that helped to expand their territory and widen their zone of influence. In the 15th century, a powerful alliance was sealed and the old branch of the Goyons distinguished themselves in Normandy whilst continuing to take care of the family birthplace. The castle took the name of the neighbouring village and was named castle of La Latte until it became Fort-La-Latte under the reign of Louis XIV. It was during this time, between 1690 and 1715, that it was transformed into a coastal defence fort. Whether in the service of ducal, royal, revolutionary, imperial, or republican power, Fort-La-Latte was used for military purposes until 1890, when it was decommissioned. It was then passed over to private owners after it was sold by the Domains in 1892. It has belonged to our family since 1931.

Our opinion

Spectacular, striking, majestic – just some of the words that spring to mind at the sight of one of the most famous castles in Brittany. In an extraordinary location, with the sea for a moat and the emerald cost for a backdrop, the former castle of the Roche Goyon (now known as Fort-La-Latte) offers a unique opportunity to step back in time. Offset by its castellums, well-kept gardens and a chapel that nestles between the barbican and the donjon, this castle is not just a symbol of war and religious conflict, but also a stunning example of life in Brittany.

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Open from 1st January to 31st December

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