Château de Rochefort (Loire-Atlantique)
The Château de Rochefort, probably designed by architect Jean-Baptiste Ceineray from Nantes, was built in 1764, just after the Seven Years’ War, by a family from Nantes linked to the Chambre des Comptes and allied to another family enriched by trading with the Islands (the Luynes). Wishing to do what their Bordeaux ship-owner counterparts had done a few years earlier, Charles de Goyon-Rochefort spotted excellent land south of Nantes on very rocky slopes, facing south and overlooking the Sèvre Nantaise River. He had the idea of planting a vineyard there and had wine presses and cellars built, as well as Louis XV style offices in border to manage his land. It is a remarkable ensemble which has been modified very lettle over the years, which explains its enormous need for restoration today.
the roof of the château and outbuildings The most urgent work is to protect the château and outbuildings from water infiltration from the roof.