Château de la Ballue

Château de la Ballue
Marie-Françoise Mathiot-Mathon


Languages:  English
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Département:  Ille-et-Vilaine (35) 

                                  Monument Historique
Château de la Ballue
  In Brittany, only minutes from Le Mont Saint-Michel, between the Rivers Rance and Couesnon, discover the wonders of Château de la Ballue.  This is a stunning château, perfectly preserved on the exterior, and grand and elegant on the interior.  Situated among dramatic theatrical gardens, the beautiful 17th century château is a symphony of  classical architecture, exquisite décor and contemporary art.  In the past, la Ballue welcomed Balzac, Victor Hugo and other prestigious visitors and  more recently inspired artists such as Robert Rauschenberg and Monory. 

Madame Mathon not only can be proud that Château de la Ballue has the Monument Historique designation, but that she recently acquired both the Jardin Remarquable and EU Ecolabel designations of which she can be very proud.

Five spacious and elegant guest rooms with canopy beds and private baths, a music room, sitting rooms with large and inviting fireplaces, and peaceful garden terraces are all designed to provide guests exceptional comfort and relaxation.  Each room in the château is a harmonious blend of rich colors and a discerning sense of style. The Victor Hugo guest room is luxurious with a canopied bed and is a favorite of honeymooners.  Diane  (pictured below) has a king-size bed and 18th century paneling with an elegant en suite bathroom. Perse is Oriental in design providing both double and single canopied beds with marvelous garden views. 

The highlights of any stay at Château de la Ballue will be tea and a guided tour of those magnificent gardens as well as their monthly classical music concerts and dance programs.   Visitors will appreciate the imagination that created the gardens and be amazed by the effort and care that maintains them.  Incredible sculptures punctuate the trail as one wanders among the various theme settings.  As you walk back toward the front of the château, look to your left to see a panoramic view of beautiful Brittany laid out before you.  It is an amazing château in an extraordinary location.  And,  only a short drive away,  in addition to Le Mont Saint-Michel, are the historic towns of Dinan, Dinard, Fougères, Combourg,  medieval Dol-de-Bretagne and, of course,  Brittany's Emerald Coast.  Thus,  it is truly a wise and discerning traveler who chooses to stay at Château de la Ballue.


Rooms:  3 doubles (Chambre Diane, Chambre Victor Hugo, and Chambre Florence):  2 with private bath, 1 with shower;  1 double or triple  (Chambre Perse) with a private bath.
Price:  Doubles are € 210 to € 250 for two persons in a room.  High Season ( May 1 to September 30)  and Low Season (January 1 to April 30 and October 1 to December 12).  Supplemental bed is € 40. 
Suite de France:  for 2 or 3 persons € 260 to € 345. King-sized canopied bed and 2 single beds in an adjoining room, private salon, bathroom with tub, exceptional garden view, first floor. 
Breakfast: € 20 per person (children under 12 years of age € 10) served in  17th century salle des buffets.
Extra bed:   € 40 for extra bed in Suite and some rooms
Château Garden Visits and Cultural Events - ask us about the scheduled classical music concerts and dance programs organized at the château. 
Dinners:   Not available at the château, but recommendations and/or reservations can be made for you at fine neaby restaurants. A list of those is available upon request.
Spa and sauna for guests in their outdoor well-being space.
Classical music concerts and dance programs offered each month.  See our Special Offers page for current schedules.
No smoking in the château.

Open all year.
On the grounds: Heated swimming pool opening in April of 2015 in a private garden surrounded by woods. Unique Theatrical Gardens in baroque style offering 13 surprises for visitors, including a scented chamber, Diana's temple, a maze and an open air theatre.  There is a small charge for guided tour.


From le Mont-Saint-Michel or from Rennes, take the N175 direction Antrain, then the D155 direction  St Malo for a short time. Left turnoff following the signposts to Château de la Ballue and la Ballue.

From Paris, take the A11 to Le Mans, the A81 to Rennes, north on the N175 to Antrain, the D155 toward St Malo a few kilometers to left turnoff and signposts to La Ballue. 

Car Rental at Rennes Airport (click here)

France  Michelin Map to Château

Vicinity:  Golf, horseback-riding, nearby museums,  the sea.  Château de la Ballue is convenient  to Le Mont St-Michel, Channel towns, and  beaches.

Entrance to the château Allée des Tilleuls Salle de Buffet Allée des Glycines
Chambre Diane
Château de la Ballue Allée des Tilleuls Salle de Buffets Allées des Glycines Luxurious Rooms