Montresor in the Loire Valley
village of Montresor is located just northeast of Loches
about 1hr from
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 defensive
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.
1849, Xavier Branicki,a Polish count who had developed a friendship
with Napoleon III, acquired the chateau. Army officer, politician
and financier, he was one of the founders of the Credit Foncier de
France bank in 1852.
A noteworthy art collector and patron, the count decorated
with many valuable pieces of furniture, paintings and art
objects. He was also the one who donated paintings to the collegiate
church that had originally been part of the collection of Cardinal
Fesch, the uncle of Napoleon I.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
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
The chateau is open
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
Rate: €7.00 - Children: €4.00 - groups: €5.50
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