Bazoges is a living village with shops that include a boulangerie, pharmacie, bar, restaurant, and general store surrounded mostly by farm land.
At the heart of the village is the 14th century Donjon (castle keep) - restored and open to visitors every day in Summer and Sundays in Winter. Next to Le Donjon is a medieval garden, resplendent with the colours and smells of hundreds of traditional plants - flowers, vegetables and medicinal plants - that originated hundreds of years ago.
Just outside the village, is La Ciste des Cous, an ancient burial monument that dates back 6000 years indicating the area was inhabited in the néolithique age. A circular room made of stones and earthwork, it was designed to as a burial chamber for inhabitants of the area centuries ago.
The reservoir at Rochereau, just a few miles from Bazoges-en-Pareds, provides a base for sailing, and the shoreline offers a number of quiet walks in attractive surroundings.
6000 years ago … The people of Cous settled here, the place being convenient, protected and pleasant. Their villages have long since disappeared, leaving a few monuments; the the first signs of people chosing to live in Bazoges-en-Pareds...
L'église Notre Dame de l'Assomption
The earliest churh remnants dated from 1090 in the surrounding wall of the donjon, but only two elements of this remain: the crypt (reshaped in the XIXè century) and the bell tower (also restored)...
Le donjon a feudal castle
The seigneury of the donjon belongs to the family Girard, stemming from Talmondais line.
The 80 steps of the spiral staircase take you up 5 floors of the donjon to the covered terrace 30 metres up. the keep is urrounded by its moat
In the 19th century, with the propserous industry around the lime kilns, the population of Bazoges peaked around 2,000.
Todays, the dynamism of Bazoges is confirmed by the increase of its population, the renovation of the village centre and a rural district rich in an active crafts, in a expanding tourism rapidly, and small energetic businesses and in varied and lively clubs and societies.
Bazoges-en-Pareds has a strong agricultural industry as well, with approximately 2500 ha of farmland run by more than thirty farms. Primarily the farms are wheat, with some corn and sunflowers. There is also some cattle and poultry production.