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Chateau de Laas

Laas, New Aquitaine, France

Luke Tomes

24 Nov 2020
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About Chateau de Laas

Château de Laàs in Sauveterre-de-Bearn, France is a manor house built in the seventeenth century which houses an extensive art exhibit, mostly from the eighteenth century.

Chateau de Laas history

In a 12 hectare park in a former barony of the Béarn lies a small 17th century manor house that is home to one of the most beautiful decorative art collections in Aquitaine.

It was originally owned by the  Lords and landowners of Laas before being acquired by Major General Charles Ferdinand Latrille, Comte de Lorencez,  in 1885.

Its last owners, the Serbats, brought to the Chateau a remarkable collection of decorative art objects. Significant of this French art of living of the Age of Enlightenment, it constitutes the collection of the Serbat museum. The originality of the museum is the presentation of the works. You enter a house of nobility, as it was inhabited by its owners in the 18th century.

Chateau de Laas today

At Chateau de Laas, Flamish art is the main attraction along with Napoleonic souvenirs and above all Philippe Le Bon, the duke of Burgundy’s priceless “Livre d’Heures”. The guided tour will enable you to discover Aubusson tapestries, paintings of Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun, Breughel, Rubens, Fragonard, and also porcelain, earthenware and furniture.

A large park, with hundred year old trees, and a games and discovery area, is an invitation to take a walk. French gardens with glassy waters and flower beds end in a terrace from which the view dives into a green basket with the Gave d’Oloron which runs at tis feet, the slopes of the other bank in the distnace, and in the background, the summits of the Pyrenean chain.

Besides visiting the formal gardens, one can walk down a fairly steep hill to discover hidden places close to the river. Cold drinks and washroom facilities are available near the entrance.

Getting to Chateau de Laas

The address of Chateau de Laas is le Bourg, 64390 Laas France. It is located in the south-west of France roughly 100km (1hr 30 mins drive) from the city of Toulouse. There are several nearby hotels and holiday accomadation options. There is free parking available on site.

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