The castle of la Motte Glain

The castle of  la Motte Glain

The Château de la Motte Glain was founded in the 11th century by Glain de Rougé. Through the game of inheritance, he passed to the Penhoëts and then to the Rohans. Pierre de Rohan, Maréchal de Gié, Minister of Louis XII, returns from the wars in Italy and adds buildings much lighter and more habitable to the fortified castle which no longer has any reason to exist since Louis XII having married the Duchess Anne, Brittany is attached to the Crown of France. The defense castle of the Marches de Bretagne, located between the strongholds of Ancenis and Châteaubriant, then becomes a prestigious residence.

In 1495, Pierre de Rohan adorned the windows, the rampart walk with sculpted limestone … built magnificent slate staircases with a single span, added towers and a chapel. The castle is surrounded by woods and ponds. Its architecture and decoration combine the Medieval and early Renaissance eras. The living room, dining room and guard room are furnished, a late 15th century fresco adorns the chapel, renovated in 1988, as well as stained glass windows bearing the coats of arms of all the owners of La Motte Glain until today. The castle received the visit of Charles VIII, Anne of Brittany, Charles IX and Catherine de Medici.

It was sold in 1635 to Michel Le Lou, Counselor at the Parliament of Brittany and has remained in the same family until today. The southwest tower which threatened to collapse, was restored by the family of Lézardière as well as the covered way. The works, carried out under the aegis of Historical Monuments, like those of the Chapel in 1988, were finalized and inaugurated and offered for visitors in July 2017 in the presence of the General Council, and all the actors who subsidized this work: the Department, the Region …

The Lézardière family valiantly continues its work of maintaining and renovating this magnificent castle.




The castle is open for visits from June to September every day from 2:30 pm to 6:30 pm (except Tuesdays), and during the Heritage Days.

Guided tour price: Adult price: 9 €

Student rate and child over 12 years old, job seeker reduced rate: €7

Child rate (5 to 12 years old): €4

Adult group rate (from 10 people): €8


Contact :

The Motte Glain Castle 
La Motte Glain
44670 La Chapelle-Glain

Tel. +33 (0)6 80 95 26 43