My visit to Château la Varière, Brissac, Angers, Loire Valley, France

This estate is truly beautiful and ticks all my boxes for how a proper Château should look.

Ancient Virginia creeper covered stone walls, half timbered outbuildings and a moat all go to make the place evocative and to give the visitor a sense of peace and tranquility that is strangely only enhanced by the scrunch of gravel in the drive.

So far so good; we were met by Marie Beujeau, the owner’s daughter, who was our host for this visit.

At first this seemed like a visit that would really work, and indeed it did, but not in the way I expected. It is a famous name with a long illustrious history and is stocked in Waitrose for heaven’s sake. How could it not be good? Continue reading