Château de la Villedubois - History of the House

History of the house

It is thought that the chateau La Villedubois replaced an antique Gallo-Roman villa. However, the oldest historical document referring to La Villedubois dates back to the early 1400s. It was in 1647 that it came into the possession of the de Farcy family. In Mordelles, it was ideally located halfway between Rennes with its Parlement, and Brocéliande and its forging mills.

At that time, and for more than two centuries, you entered the house by the Northern facade, after negotiating a drawbridge spanning the moat, and crossing the farmyard, finally arriving in the U-shaped main courtyard, where the chapel stands. The Southern facade was flanked by the kitchen garden. In the second half of the 19th century, Louis, Count de Farcy, the incumbent from 1850 – 1903, undertook a vast program of work, adapting the layout:

  • by removing the farmyard and replacing it with new buildings to the East of the chateau
  • by removing the kitchen garden to replace it with a walled kitchen garden to the West of the chateau
  • by creating a new avenue of oaks leading to the Southern facade of the chateau, thus making this the principal frontage
  • by creating a landscaped garden of a dozen hectares
  • by reorganising part of the interior of the chateau
Château de la Villedubois - Document
A document of the period, describing it in detail, tells us that the general layout had changed little before 1860.
At the beginning of the 20th century, the library in its square tower was built, at the eastern extremity of the chateau.
Château de la Villedubois - Time
Château de la Villedubois - Outside

Although there was a chapel at La Villedubois from the mid-16th century, the current chapel was probably rebuilt after 1622, but before the arrival of the de Farcy family. Indeed, since they were Huguenots, they did not use it but they restored it at the end of the 17th century, having converted to Catholicism. Nevertheless, they had an oratory built which still exists, even if the layout has changed.
The dovecote, with its wattle and daub pigeonholes, each one designed to hold a couple of nesting pigeons, attests to the feudal character of the domain.

Château de la Villedubois - Chapel
Château de la Villedubois - Chapel
Château de la Villedubois - Bar
Château de la Villedubois - House

The House

Château de la Villedubois - Parc

The Parc

Château de la Villedubois - History of the family

History of the family