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Discover the heritage of Loir Valley

Discover the castles

At least 140 castles and manors, private houses and still occupied, flourish in Loir Valley. More nice leisure houses than medieval fortress, they are nestled in the center of large gardens and parks. Many of them were rebuilt after the Hundred Years’ War, in the second half of the XVth century, and at the Renaissance. Often situated near old highways and crossroads or on the Loir’s bank, these vast domains in tuffeau stone or in rubble stones coated with ochre (mixture of whitewash and sand) are usually covered with slate.

Château du Lude

Considered as Loire’s castle more to the north, it is one of the rare huge castle that is still inhabited by the same family for 260 years. It is an evidence of 4 centuries of French architecture. At first a defensive fortress it became over time a stylish house during the Renaissance and classic period. All ages will be charmed by the maze, stables, underground passages, kitchens, library … as much surprises that ponctuate the walk.

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 Château de Poncé sur le loir

Built in tuffeau stone in a pure Renaissance style, château de Poncé looks a little like Azay-le-Rideau. Its central stare, typical of its construction’s period, has a remarkable sculpted coffer ceiling. And behind the castle there is a huge work of three floors : la terrasse Caroline.

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 Château de Bazouges

Under its medieval fortress appearance, the château de Bazouges-sur-le-Loir, has something soft and poetic thanks to its Italian gardens and its wonderful cedar planted during the period of Charles X.

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