Celebrating the 500th hundred years of the Renaissance is the occasion to re-discover the extraordinary heritage of Touraine. Apart from the well-known chateaux in Chenonceaux, Amboise or Azay-le-Rideau, other charming chateaux, less popular, are nonetheless worth the visit.
A few years ago
The Royal domain of chateau Gaillard has been opened to the public in 2015. Situated in Amboise close to the chateau and the Clos Lucé, it has remained forgotten for a long time despite a glorious history, hidden in the wild vegetation. 5 years of restoration have been necessary for this charming Italian style chateau to recover its former splendour. Charles VIII of France was at the origin of the building of the monument and its gardens, designed by the greatest gardener in Europe: Dom Pacello de Mercoliano.
A few years earlier, visitors had had the pleasure to discover the chateau of l’Islette and its beautiful romantic park. After you have visited the chateau itself (once the residence of Camille Claudel and Auguste Rodin), how pleasant it is to go boating along the meanderings of the Indre river.
To complete your discovery, go to the Rivau chateau. You will be amazed by the architecture of the chateau as well as the 14 enchanting gardens, evoking the fairy-tales of your childhood. You will surely enjoy the contemporary works of art displayed in the garden and inside the chateau. Especially, this year for the Renaissance celebrations, discover an exhibition, tribute to Leonardo da Vinci.
Charming chateaux in the middle of the forest
Go and visit the chateau in Gizeux. This is a family friendly place where your children will enjoy the outdoor giant games, the treasure hunt, kids workshops or costumed guided tours. The adult visitors will be invited to a tour about the history of the chateau and its anecdotes (a horse, champion at the Olympic Games; a hidden paratrooper during the Second World War…).
Discover another chateau, 20 kilometres away, called Champchevrier. The same family has been living there for 300 years and has kept the tradition of hunting with hounds (the oldest team in France dated from 1804). Inside the chateau, you will discover an incredibly well kept collection of tapestries and beautiful “Regency” styled pieces of furniture.
Two unexpected charming chateaux
When you visit the château of Montpoupon, you are transported back to the twenties! You are invited to follow Madam’s maid into the numerous rooms of the chateau. New and unusual! a giant Cluedo game is organised once a month!
10 kilometres further south, discover the silhouette of the château and the village of Montrésor (one the most beautiful villages in France). The history of the place is closely linked to Poland. The Polish lord Xavier Branicki, a friend of Prince Napoleon left in his French chateau an amazing collection of objects and pieces of furniture making the place worth the visit!