Find the stress free holiday France has to offer here in the Loire Valley
The village of Montrésor is located in the department of Indre-et-Loire, 60 km southeast of Tours and 8 km north of Loches (about 1hr from the house). Montrésor is listed as one of the 'Most beautiful villages in France', it is indeed a very pretty place - these awards are given to villages in France (151 at the last count) that share the same passion and ambition to promote and recognize the quality of their heritage, history, culture and their desire to conserve their individuality and authenticity.
At the start of the 11th century, Foulques Nerra who was responsible for many of the medieval fortresses of the Loire Valley, had one built on top of a rocky promontory overlooking the Indrois Valley as a defence against potential invaders. A double enclosure wall surrounding the keep is still apparent. The massive corner towers and the 12th century gate towers remain impressive because of their powerful feudal architecture designed for defensivepurposes.
It is one of our favourite chateaux -- not as grand as some but one of the few with that 'lived in' feel.
The chateau passed into the hands of the Bastarnay family in 1493. They had a fine residence built within the fortress walls and also founded the collegiate church.It became a charming peacetime residence surrounded by the original feudal defence system. Over time it past into the ownership of the Beauvilliers family where it remained for over a century until 1831.
There is an interesting spiral staircase that gives an alternative route up to the billiard room.
This feature plus the fine collections make it an interesting detour if you are touring the surrounding area.
The castle still belongs to the descendants of Count Branicki today and don't be surprised to bump into a family member on your visit.
Clustered at the base of the chateau, along the river Indrois, a picturesque village has developed. It is in fact listed as one of the 'Les-plus-beaux-villages-de-France', the most beautiful villages of France of which there are 151 of in the whole of the country.
It has some very pretty little houses spread along the Indrois River, and attractive half-timbered houses.
The area is ideal for walking and exploring and full of pleasant surprises.
The chateau is open from :
January 2nd until March 31st on week-ends 2pm - 6pm
April 1st until November 11th from 10 am - 6 pm
(7 pm June until September)
November 12th until December 31st
on week-ends 2pm - 6pm