It's probably only fair to warn you at this point that I absolutely loved this place to bits. And so what follows are a slew of photos. More than a slew. Whatever is more than a slew, that's what you're about to see. #sorrynotsorry
See what I mean? How beautiful is it?! I honestly couldn't find a part of this chateau that I didn't like. The kitchens were amazing - I tried to capture the light that filtered its way down to that part of the castle. Going downstairs, I expected it to be quite dark, but it really was the opposite. The gardens, the chapel, all of the rooms - I just loved it to bits.
Because the chateau is built across the River Cher, you get some wonderful perspectives of the surrounding landscape from inside the galleries. It has a long history (obviously) and part of that involved it being taken by King Francis I and given to his mistress, Diane de Poitiers. Eventually King Henry II's widow, Catherine de' Medici convinced (well, forced) Diane to give it up. Apparently Catherine spent a tonne of money on it, and had many large parties in it. One story says that it saw the first lighting of fireworks in France. It passed then to Louise de Lorraine. Her bedroom was my favourite - it sounds very dramatic and sad (because it is) but her room is painted black. This was done when she was in mourning for her husband. It's peaceful and sorrowful all at the same time. The rest of its history saw it being passed through the hands of various women (hence it being known as the ladies' chateau.) Click here to read more about that side of its history. In WWI, it was used as a hospital and in WWII it was part of the French resistance; people used it to cross from the Nazi occupied side of the river, to the other, free side.
All of that interesting history aside, it's one of those places that once visited, never quite leaves your mind. It would make a brilliant set for a film. Heck, I'd even live there if I could!
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