Work in progress

Travaux en cours, Château de Quintin, France, Bretagne, Côtes d'Armor, Agglomération de Saint-Brieuc

An ambitious restoration programme

Travaux - Château de Quintin
Projet d'aménagement du château de Quintin par l'Ecole de Chaillot - © Olivier Salmon, École de Chaillot

The drawing above illustrates the development project of the Quintin estate imagined by the students of the Chaillot School in 2013. In particular, they propose to open up the castle more to the city by creating a walking circuit linking the Old Castle, the ramparts and the Archive Tower, the latter providing the link between the two castles and the city.

The Old Castle XVIIth

A state of peril

The whole building had long since been decommissioned. Roofing in very poor condition was conducive to significant water infiltration, which ruined most of the interior floors and some of the facings.

Façades Sud et Est
Façades Sud et Est

The disappearance of many frames accelerated its degradation. In 2008, a security perimeter was established following a peril order issued by the ABF and renewed in 2012 by the ACMH Christophe Batard.

Pavillon central - 1er étage
Pavillon central - 1er étage

Pharaonic works: 2013 - 2015

Three stages of restoration, both inside and outside, were undertaken: the partitions, windows and floors were removed and the castle was completely covered with spectacular scaffolding.

An exceptional sequence of work, the original roof structure was dismantled, reassembled and restored 300 km from Quintin, in Thouars, in the workshops of the Asselin company, before being reassembled at the château a few months later.

During this phase, the castle was literally an empty shell, where only the walls, stairs and the framework of the floors remained.

First interior works: 2018 - 2019

In 2018, interior work begins, with the restoration of the floors. The deteriorated state of the beams and the need to comply with safety standards for opening to the public lead to the replacement of all the beams and the installation of a connected floor.

Travaux Château de Quintin
Travaux Château de Quintin

Completion of external works: 2019 - 2020

The restoration phase in progress concerns the exterior joinery and ironwork of the bays. The Asselin company is working on all the exterior joinery, while the railings are being restored by the Metafer Patrimoine company, a Living Heritage Company based around 10 km from Quintin.

At the end of this phase, the Old Castle will appear finished from the outside, and will then offer the city of Quintin an extremely rewarding aspect.

Travaux Château de Quintin
Travaux Château de Quintin

Remaining work to be carried out: 2020 - 2025

From the initial restoration campaign, several phases of work remain to be carried out:

  • Restoration of the old castle
    • Interior masonry (plaster and whitewash)
    • Joinery (floors, doors) and carpentry (partitioning in oak strips)
  • Layout: installation of electrical, computer, plumbing and insulation networks
  • Restoration of foundations and terraces

The 18th century castle

Open to the public for more than 30 years, the 18th century castle has been inhabited by four generations and requires heavy daily maintenance.

Like any heritage, the 18th century castle requires constant maintenance of its gardens, interiors, facades and roofs. For a long time, the priority given to the preservation of the 17th century castle has been postponed, and the painting of the exterior joinery will have to be started quickly. In the coming years, the roofs will also have to be restored.

The Archive Tower: Candidate for the Mission Bern 2020

The Archive Tower is an integral part of the planned arts and crafts centre in 2025. Today in a state of peril, it threatens to collapse at any moment. Its safeguarding is however essential for the castle and the town.

Travaux Château de Quintin

The Archive Tower is an integral part of the planned arts and crafts centre in 2025. Today in a state of peril, it threatens to collapse at any moment. Its safeguarding is however essential for the castle and the town.

Journées Européennes du Patrimoine - 16 et 17 septembre 2023


Au programme de cette édition : visite du château du 18ème siècle à tarif réduit pour tous et gratuit pour les -18 ans.

Mais aussi…

– Des jeux d’extérieur en bois amuseront petits et grands.
– Friandises, crêpes et boissons en vente sur place.
– Location de costumes de chevalier et princesse, le temps de la visite guidée  : 1€

En pratique: Le 16 et 17 septembre, de 10h30 à 12h30 et de 14h à 18h30

Des idées de visites à faire avant ou après à proximité du château ?

 Contacter l’Office de Tourisme de Quintin et l’Association Tours et Détours du pays de Quintin. 

Alors, on vous attend nombreux pour qu’ensemble nous fassions vivre le patrimoine quintinais !



Following the latest measures announced by the government, the Château de Quintin is exceptionally closed to visitors until further notice.