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CHÂTEAU OF VALENCAY
CHÂTEAU OF VALENCAY
CHÂTEAU OF VALENCAY
CHÂTEAU OF VALENCAY
CHÂTEAU OF VALENCAY
CHÂTEAU OF VALENCAY
CHÂTEAU OF VALENCAY
CHÂTEAU OF VALENCAY
CHÂTEAU OF VALENCAY
CHÂTEAU OF VALENCAY

It was in 1803 that Talleyrand acquired the Château de Valençay at the request of Napoleon, to enable the emperor to receive European dignitaries with the appropriate pomp and ceremony. Located in the Berry region, the Château of Valençay presents 2 styles of architecture, Renaissance and Classical. Fully furnished, it is also surrounded by magnificent French-style gardens and an English landscape park...

ESSENTIALS

Recreational visits for the whole family

The Château of Valençay houses an exceptional collection of Louis XVI and Empire-style furniture, and its park and forest cover more than 53 hectares. A visit of the property includes a tour of its collections, impressive kitchens, Napoleon’s maze (Grand Labyrinthe), the gardens and the Princes’ Forest (Forêt des Princes), which can be explored on foot or by electric buggy.…

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ESSENTIALS

A former feudal fortress

The Park & Château of Valençay came into existence in the time of Louis XIII, and were built on the site of an ancient feudal fortress. Over the years, its architecture became transformed, combining early Renaissance and Classical styles harmoniously. In 1803, Talleyrand, Napoleon’s Minister for External Affairs at the time, bought this magnificent château, thus allowing him to host the dignitaries of the Empire in full splendour.

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HIDDEN TREASURE

Services and new developments

Valençay’s theatre, a real architectural jewel dating from 1810 which has retained much of its period decor and original stage backdrops, can be visited as part of a private guided tour. Visitors can also join private tours of the old rooms, including the lower room, the only vestige of the fortified castle which was demolished prior to the reconstruction of the existing château, and the Renaissance room, the only remaining room from inside the splendid seigniorial residence built by Jacques d’Estampes from 1540 onwards. The Château de Valençay now boasts a new visitor itinerary and audio-guide for children, and has also opened an ornamental garden offering fine views of the castle.

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HIDDEN TREASURE

Illuminated magic and concerts

The Château de Valençay’s theatre, an architectural jewel dating from 1810 which has preserved all its original decor and backdrops, has been open to the public since 2012 as part of the guided “Private Visits” initiative which take place on Sunday mornings.

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COUPS DE COEUR

Château de Serrant

 

Serrant is home to a magnificent castle which is emblematic of Renaissance-style architecture. Its exterior boasts a schist and tufa façade, two towers crowned with domes and an imposing moat. The interior is just as attractive, with kitchens which look ready to spring back to life, a beautiful staircase with a sculpted ceiling, a well-stocked library with some 12,000 volumes, tapestries and works of art – this, the westernmost of the castles of the Loire, certainly lives up to its promises. Add to this one of the finest collections of furniture in France, including a famous Henri IV ebony cabinet, and you won’t be disappointed. The castle organises themed visits which are particularly informative, as well as night-time visits which highlight the elegance of the château, and other events and activities. In other words, there’s everything you need here for an enjoyable visit full of historic interest.


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