Château du Plessis-Bourré

Château du Plessis-Bourré is a château in the Loire Valley in France, situated in the commune of Écuillé in the Maine-et-Loire department. Built in less than 5 years from 1468 to 1472 by Finance Minister Jean Bourré, the principal advisor to King Louis XI, the château has not been modified externally since its construction and still has a fully working drawbridge. It was classified as a Monument historique in 1931.

The château was purchased in 1911 by Henry Vaïsse who, when he died in 1956, bequeathed it to his nephew, François Reille-Soult, Duke of Dalmatie. Thereafter it remained the property of different members of the Reille-soult de Dalmatie family. Le Plessis-Bourre has not been inhabited since 2009, year of the departure of Bruno de Ferrieres de Sauvebeuf and his wife Antoinette Born de Croix, great grand-daughter of the Duc of Dalmatie. Count and Countess de Ferrieres de Sauvebeuf and their three sons lived for almost 30 years in the castle, the longest occupancy by a single family since 1472. The château is currently managed by Aymeric d'Anthenaise and Jean-Francois Reille-Soult Dalmatie and is open to the public.

The château has been the setting for numerous films, including:

  • Peau d'Âne by Jacques Demy
  • Louis XI by J.C. Lubtchansky
  • Jeanne d'Arc by Pierre Badel
  • Fanfan la Tulipe by Gérard Krawczyk
  • The Princess of Montpensier by Bertrand Tavernier