History & Legacy

History of the château

Château de Falloux, once called "Mabouillère" or château du Bourg d'Iré, was an ancient manor of the 17's century. With this ancient construction, count de Falloux, which inherits of it at the death of his parents, added a modern building in the neo king Louis 13's style between 1852 and 1854. The famous angevin architect René hodé, who is building at the same time the flamboyant Château de Challain distant of few kilometers, will be charged Château de Falloux's edification.

This elegant château shows white façades in traditional Loire river tuffeau stones. A neogothic chapel is flanked to the new abode. Imposing outbuildings are also built including stables, carriage houses, garages, domestic accommodations and a vast walled vegitable and flower garden.

A park "à l'anglaise" is drawn according to 19's century tastes, extolled by the count de Choulot. So the verdant agricultural landscape blend with the wooded park wish serves as a haven for the château.

After the death of count de Falloux in 1886, his inheritors, the de Blois family, lived at the château until early 1970's. L'Ebe Bugatti, famous car manufacture daughter, spent ten summers at the château during this period.

The count Alfred de Falloux (1811-1886)

A prominent politician

Firstly elected as deputy of Segré, Alfred de Falloux is nominated as minister of Public Instruction by the President Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte in 1848. He will be reelected several times as deputy of Maine-et-Loire. De Falloux is also elected at the French Academy in Paris.

A famous angevin

Born in Angers, the count de Falloux lives there regularly and become honorary president of the Society of Agriculture, Sciences and Arts, today known as Academie of Angers.

A local benefactor

As an enlightened nobleman and fervent catholic, the count de Falloux helps the poorest and offers especially the edification of an hospice in Le Bourg d'Iré and another in the neighbor city Segré. He gives a washing house and finances angevins church and chapels constructions.

A renowned agricultor

The count de Falloux is passionated by agriculture at this time, in great renovation in France. He builds a huge model farm near is chateau where he leads crosses of cattle breeds.

He practices also a modern way of culture thank of new technics : amendment by chaux, fertilization and mechanization. 

From his renowned  cowshed regularly awarded in Paris and in regions, will come out the cattles crossing "Durham-Manceaux", which will become the race Maine-Anjou, today known as AOC Rouge des Prés.

A rosebush Comte de Falloux

In 1863, Trouillard, rose grower of the famous angevin paysagist et horticultor André Leroy, obtained a rosebush baptised "Comte de Falloux". A second exists also with the name "Comtesse de Falloux".

It was reintroduced on the flowerbeds of the château de Falloux since 2018.

A communal heritage to discover

In addition of his château, the count de Falloux left an important built heritage in his village of Le Bourg d'Iré, like a wash-house offered to the city, a mill and a gatehouse at the entry of the château, a bronze statue or a family tomb on the cemetery.

Le Bourg d'Iré, millennial village 

Le village du Bourg d'Iré vous offre un cadre préservé entre patrimoine, paysages et nature protégée.

This charming village with very old habitat, gains at the medieval period  of a dozen of foefs that old fortified abodes are still testifying. The parish church with its 11's century steeple is caracterised by its masonry cover. During the French Revolution period, the village is impacted by several clashes between "whites" and "blues" (royalists and republicans). 19's century is the period during which, beautiful monuments are built, chateau of the count de Falloux, chateau de la Douve or the notary mansion.

This rich restored heritage reward the visitor for a stay between french history and authenticity.

To learn more about the count de Falloux and his chateau's history, the book Alfred de Falloux et le Haut-Anjou published in june 2018 is for sale at the chateau, at Richer book shop (Angers) or at the Leclerc mall (Segré). Only available in french.