The Loire Valley• Some of the most beautiful chateaux can be found in the Loire Valley.• The Loire is the longest river in France and the Loire Valley is a fertile area with beautiful landscapes.
What are Chateaux?• A chateau is a large home or castle.• They were built by French kings from the 10th to 17th centuries.• They represented both royalty and nobility and were built as palaces and courts for French kings.• Many of them were destroyed during the French Revolution.
Château de Cheverny• The Château de Cheverny is located 2 hours south-east of Paris in the Loire Valley.
History• The Château de Cheverny was built in the ﬁrst part of the 17th century under the direction of a well-known architect, master-mason and sculptor, Jacques Bougier.• Jacques Bougier also worked on a wing of the nearby Château de Blois.• Bougier died before completing Cheverny. If fact, its main staircase is the work of an unknown craftsman who left only his initials and a date on the ground ﬂoor of the chateau: FL 1634.
History (cont.)• The Chevernys estate has belonged to the same family, the Huraults, for over six centuries.• Hergé, a Belgian comic book writer, used the Chateau de Cheverny as an inspiration for Marlinspike Hall, which was the grand country residence in the Tintin comics series.
Architecture• The Chateau de Cheverny is a symmetrical structure made of stone from Bourre, which is white and gets harder as it ages.• The front of the chateau is done in the classical style of Louis XIII.• It is perfectly preserved and looks exactly as it did in the 1600s when it was built.
Architecture (cont.)• The decor of the chateau includes elaborate carved woodwork, an unrestored Gobelin tapestry, furniture from the eras of Louis XIV and XV, and painted wall panels that show the story of Don Quixote (Denise Hall, eHow.com).
Staying in a Chateau• I chose to stay in the “Château Saint Genevièvre.”• It is located in the Rhone-Alps region of France near the town of Saint-Pierre-d’Albigny.• I will be staying from November 15th-22nd of 201.• The cost for renting the chateau will be 9,675 euros, or 13,669 dollars.
History and Features• Château Saint Genevièvre was built by French monks in the 1000s to serve the purpose of a priory.• Inside there are wooden ceiling beams visible in some rooms, there are simple styles and colors throughout, and the main materials used in the chateau are stone and wood.• The chateau offers the following amenities: sleeps 20, catering, outdoor dining, disabled facilities, bed and bath on the 1st ﬂoor, no smoking, log ﬁreplaces, central heating, TV, internet, a game room, ﬁshing, and golf.
Things to Do in the Area• Since Château Saint-Genevièvre is located in the Alps, there are many mountain activities to do such as: skiing, snowboarding, hiking, snowmobiling, and cycling.• There are also bakeries, cheese shops, excellent restaurants, and vineyards to crave one’s appetite.