Montafilan Castle

Montafilan Castle, locally known as Château de Montafilan, lies north west of the village of Corseul, in the Côtes-d'Armor department in France.

Montafilan Castle was built during the 12th century by the viscounts of Dinan. It was built in the shape of a triangle on a promontory between 2 steep and marshy valleys. In the 14th century it was altered.

During the 15th century it was the property of Françoise de Dinan; a French heiress, courtier and educator. She was the governess of Anne of Brittany. She died in 1499. Probably already in the last decades of that century the castle had been abandoned and started to serve as a stone quarry for the locals. From the 17th century on the site was used as a farm. Around 1790, during the French Revolution, the ruined castle towers were used as a hideout by a local priest to avoid being captured and put in prison by revolutionaries.

At present Montafilan Castle is private property. There are a couple of buildings within the castle enclosure which are rented out as gîtes through Booking.com and Airbnb. But its exterior and a small part of its north east corner are freely accessible. A very nice secluded ruin.


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Montafilan Castle

Montafilan Castle, locally known as Château de Montafilan, lies north west of the village of Corseul, in the Côtes-d'Armor department in France.

Montafilan Castle was built during the 12th century by the viscounts of Dinan. It was built in the shape of a triangle on a promontory between 2 steep and marshy valleys. In the 14th century it was altered.

During the 15th century it was the property of Françoise de Dinan; a French heiress, courtier and educator. She was the governess of Anne of Brittany. She died in 1499. Probably already in the last decades of that century the castle had been abandoned and started to serve as a stone quarry for the locals. From the 17th century on the site was used as a farm. Around 1790, during the French Revolution, the ruined castle towers were used as a hideout by a local priest to avoid being captured and put in prison by revolutionaries.

At present Montafilan Castle is private property. There are a couple of buildings within the castle enclosure which are rented out as gîtes through Booking.com and Airbnb. But its exterior and a small part of its north east corner are freely accessible. A very nice secluded ruin.


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