HISTORIQUE

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François Rabelais was a doctor as well as a humanist writer, and spent his childhood contemplating the Château. He mentions the residence in his most famous work, Gargantua, and sets countless battles there during the Picrocholine war: Picrochole, the king of Lerné fights against Grandgousier, Gargantua’s father, through the walkways of the Château, which was pillaged and destroyed.

Still today, nestled between prairies and vineyards, stands the Medieval fortress where Joan of Arc was accommodated in 1429. During the 17th century, new service quarters were built in the courtyard, then in the 18th century, stables were added.

From 1736, the architect Aujubault laid out an attractive French-style garden.
It was purchased in about 1916 by the Belgian writer Maurice Maeterlinck, then acquired in 1930 by the aviator Pierre-Georges Latécoère, who took over its restoration along with the architect from Blois, Henri Lafargue, and the landscape gardener Albert Laprade.

The entire historical estate is now open for you to discover the surroundings. The Château, bridge, ditches, Medieval “Louis XIII” pavilion, service quarters and entrance hall, as well as the terraced walled gardens, the old orchard and the “Seuilly” walkway are listed as historical monuments.

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