Château de Combourg

The Château de Combourg is a castle in the commune of Combourg in the Ille-et-Vilaine département, in Brittany, France.

The castle stands on a small hill next to Lac Tranquille (Lake Tranquil) in the town. The original castle on the site was built around 1025 by Archbishop Guinguené, who gave it to his illegitimate brother Riwallon. Major alterations were made between the 15th and 19th centuries.

The castle consists of four large, powerful buildings of dressed granite, with crenellations and machicolations, enclosing a rectangular courtyard. In each corner of this massive fortress is a round tower, also with crenellations and machicolations, with conical roofs.

In 1761, the Chateaubriand family acquired the property and it was the childhood home of François-René de Chateaubriand (1768–1848).

Arthur Young, the English writer and economist, visited Combourg on his travels through France in 1788. He wrote of scathingly of the town and described the castle thus:

Chateaubriand commented later: "This M. de Chateaubriand was my father. The retreat that seemed so hideous to the ill-tempered agronomist was a fine and noble dwelling, albeit dark and solemn." He did not comment on Young's description of the town.

Privately-owned, the Château de Combourg is listed as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture. This building is open to the public.

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