Secret Loire châteaux

Château of l'Islette, in Azay-le-Rideau. Loire Valley, France. Secret Loire châteaux

Published on 25/07/2017

In the shadow of their illustrious big brothers, the Loire Valley chateaux, these little-known castles are certainly worth a detour. A wealth of treasures to experience in the Vallee de la Loire.  

Rodin, star of Islette

“Visitors can explore our living quarters which give the château a real human aspect,” says owner Pierre-André Michaud. “It’s not unusual for some visitors to spend some of their day in the grounds picnicking on the banks of the Indre then take the 6pm tour after a boat trip.” As well as two beautiful painted rooms, what makes the Château de l'Islette is that it set the stage for Camille Claudel and Rodin’s love affair around 1890. “To give the visit greater depth, this year we are exhibiting an array of photos, letters from Camille to Rodin and sketches by the artist.”

Open to visitors from May to September.

Themed quarters in Château de Montpoupon

Château de Montpoupon is famous for its hunting museum (fox-hunting, stag-hunting...), saddlery and Hermès hall. Nevertheless, it is also the opening of the 1920's private appartments which tempt numerous visitors for two years. A new attractive feature for this castle owned by the same family since 1857!  

Open to visitors at weekends and french school holidays from mid-February to mid-March. Daily from April to November.

Château ok Montpoupon, France.

Experience at unique French treasure at Château de Gizeux

Château de Gizeux is home to a one-of-a-kind 400m² gallery of 17th century murals and one of its panels was restored in 2014 thanks to kind patronage. “Visitors can watch the Fontaineblue painting as it is restored to its former glory after being affected by mould,” says Stéphanie de Laffon who also provides five guest rooms in the main part of the building with optional dinner. The grounds are an integral part of any visit; as well as large wooden games, it’s also a great place for family treasure hunts.

Open daily to visitors from April to the start of November

Art and heritage at the Château de la Guerche

Located on the banks of the river Creuse, the Château de la Guerche is rich with a long history in which guides will immerse you by comments on architecture and furniture. Visitors will also enjoy the soothing atmosphere of the bicentenary park. 

Open to visitors from June to the begining of September.

Château de la Guerche. Loire Secret chateau

Your holidays in Touraine Loire Valley, France.

Find all the information you need on the Touraine Regional Tourist Information website: accommodationLoire Valley castlesLoire Valley cyclingwine tasting toursToursAmboiseChinonLoches...

Ici, vivre est un art The E.U. supports tourist sites’ Quality approach
The E.U. supports tourist sites’ Quality approach