Inhabited by the Goulaine family since the fifteenth century, this castle is a real gem. Flanked on the furthest western side of the river, this castle is the last of the great Loire valley castles. Jean de Goulaine, Captain of the town of Nantes, was a go between for the Kings of England and France, thus his coat of arms bears leopards and fleurs de lys, and to thank him for services rendered, Henri IV awarded him the title of Marquis.
Historical Castle, wine producing estate with 23 hectares of vines in burgundy melon, a glasshouse for butterflies – a passion of the Marquis’ – and above all the LU museum – a must see!
In the seventeenth century wing of the château and on two levels, the real story of the little butter LU biscuit is told, through posters, biscuit tins, drawings and advertisements. Works of artists such as Mucha, Sempé, Mime Marceau or Folon – to name but a few – are on display here. 44115 Haute Goulaine, France. www.chateaudegoulaine.fr