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Far from its famous coast where the land meets the immensity of the sea, central Brittany is more secretive, less rugged, and full of pleasant surprises. The Bois Glaume chateau remains one of them after it was saved from a slow and inexorable destruction thirty years ago. The "little Brocéliande" where the property has stood for centuries adds a touch of mystery to its romantic look that delights imaginative minds. One would hardly even be surprised to see the armoured silhouette of Guillaume de Raguenel through the morning mist. The chateau that bears his name is now an unmissable step along the roads of this legendary region, where the air we breathe is enough to revive the past.
We acquired the property in 1989 after it had been abandoned for seventy-five years. The former owner was killed in the First World War. As we are very attached to our home region, we were looking for a property in Brittany and we fell in love with this abandoned and overgrown castle. The roof would not have withstood the weather and wild dismantling for much longer. The location near Rennes and easy access made it compatible with our professional commitments. It has already been thirty years since we embarked on this great adventure.
The current chateau is a late 17th century building listed in the supplementary inventory of Historic Monuments. It is surrounded by a ten-hectare park and bordered by a pond. The shale building is typical of the southern region of Rennes. Like many Breton buildings, it features double overturned hull carpentry and the roofs have the concave shape of a ship's hull, very different from the straighter Mansard shapes that can be found in other regions. The nobility often recruited marine carpenters for the construction of their houses. The roof is covered with thick slates of decreasing size, cut into fish scales. Only two covers of this type exist in Ille-et-Vilaine: the chateau of the Pertre and Bois Glaume. The central pediment, with the coat of arms of the Bourdonnaye family, is a work of the great architect Gabriel who worked on various buildings during the construction of the Brittany Parliament. Simpler elements, such as the dovecote and the bakery with two ovens, testify to the lord of Poligné's wealth.
The seigneury dates back to the 12th and 13th centuries with the first lords Guillaume and Harculffe de Raguenel who were knighted. The famous Tiphaine of Raguenel, first wife of Bertrand du Guesclin, was related to them. Two feudal mounds erected at the edge of the pond are evidence of this feudal period. A second building was added in the 16th century. The outbuildings, part of the ground floor and the cellars of the chateau have been preserved to form the current building. The lord of Bois Glaume had a right of high justice and the title of count. We are located on the "Marches de Bretagne", where the Breton armies and French armies fought over several centuries - the battles of Bain-de-Bretagne and Saint-Aubin-du-Cormier.
The property, located in the middle of a twenty-hectare wood adjoining the forest and the remarkable cycle of the "Tertre Gris", is perfect for beautiful walks through the hilly woods of Glaume and the neighbouring national forest. The chateau is lined with a fish pond full of carp and pike that will delight keen fishermen. A boat allows guests to discover the property by water. A heated pool is available on sunny days.
The "Halte du volcan" is a nearby restaurant, it is excellent value for money and only serves lunch. The site of the "Tertre Gris" has a marked path starting at Poligné, it has many interesting geological features including white sandstone and black argillaceous rocks rich in organic matter. The orchards of the farm Bain-de-Bretagne sell typical Breton products carefully prepared by Jacques who will tell you all about local traditions of production and consumption. The Clairambaudière farm sells homemade, organic charcuterie. The long chain of defensive fortifications, from Mont Saint-Michel to Clisson via Fougères, is a rich and fascinating historical excursion.
All of this 17th century seigneury is available for filming and photo shoots. It consists of a chateau, a square courtyard, outbuildings, a chapel, a bread oven and a dovecote surrounded by a twenty-hectare wood with a pond. Accommodation for ten people is available at the chateau.