Plessis-Brion Castle, locally known as Château du Plessis-Brion, lies in the village of Le Plessis-Brion, north east of the town of Compiègne in the Oise department in Picardy region in France.
Plessis-Brion Castle was built in the beginning of the 16th century on the foundations of a medieval predecessor. It is said to be the only remaining Renaissance castle in the Oise department. It was built by Jean de Poumereux, Marquess of Plessis-Brion and Grand Master of Artillery to King Francis I.
In 1524, through marriage, Plessis-Brion Castle went to the Béthune-Chârost family. Between 1598 and 1640 it was owned by Philippe de Béthune, the younger brother of the Duke of Sully, Maximilien de Béthune. It then went to the Collier family who sold it in 1762 to Nicolas de Breda. His descendants owned the castle until 1924.
Plessis-Brion Castle was damaged during World War I but restored in 1920.
This is a nice castle. It is privately inhabited but can be visited for a small fee during the summer months when the owners are on holiday. When I came by I was the only visitor and got a small private tour by a nice lady from the village. Photographing the interior was prohibited. It can not be seen from the public road.
I was told that somewhere in the United States a copy of Plessis-Brion Castle was built, probably in the State of New York. I had been searching the internet for a picture of this copy but could not find it. With help of some of my visitors I now know the following. In 1922, a well-to-do tailor, named Earl R. Van Sickle, stayed at Plessis-Brion Castle for a week during a visit to France. He loved it so much that he photographed it from all angles and had a copy of it built in Larchmont NY. In 1928 this copy even featured in an ad, as seen below. He sold it in 1941. This copy doesn't exactly match the original but it's still nice. This American castle is privately owned and can not be visited.