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Chateau de Valencay Travel Guide

LocationValençay, Berry, France (Google Maps)
Open for visitorsYes
Owned byNA
Official websiteChateau de Valencay
Rooms availableNo

Even though it is marginally remote from a large portion of the renowned Loire Valley palaces, the Chateau de Valencay ranks as one of the greatest among them. The palace was improved by the highly noteworthy gardens that encompass the castle, carefully kept up with French-style plants near the principal structures, and a more typical ‘English style’ park a little further away.

Chateau de Valencay History

The palace was initially built in the fifteenth century by Robert II d’Estampes on the site of a villa, then, at that point, significantly modified in the renaissance style well known around the central portion of the sixteenth century (by the same Estampes family).

The Chateau de Valencay was consequently gained in 1747 by the Scottish broker John Law, a captivating person who was a splendid banker yet also liable for the virtual monetary breakdown of France in the eighteenth century in what became known as the Mississippi Bubble.

In 1803 the palace was bought by the ambassador Charles Maurice de Talleyrand – perhaps of Napoleon’s most significant ministries. When Talleyrand was engaging the extraordinary among the heads of Europe in the palace, King Ferdinand VII of Spain and his family were held hostage for a considerable length of time on the orders of Napoleon.

During the Second World War, the château was saved by the German Occupation as its proprietor, the Duke of Valencay, laid out his neutrality as the Prince of Sagan. By this style, a few significant arts that had been cleared from the Louver in Paris (like the Winged Victory of Samothrace and the Venus de Milo) were securely placed here during the war.

Chateau de Valencay Architecture

Chateau de Valencay park
Chateau de Valencay park”, by Fab5669, is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

The palace was initially a long structure with a significant tower at each end. An extra wing was included in the late eighteenth century. The wing and the first palace together half-encased a conventional yard containing an enormous circular lake. Albeit this new wing is in a more traditional style than the first palace, the two mix together amicably.

The compelling castle protected at Valençay is medieval as it once had a guarding function. It was constructed in the 16th century and never performed a military objective: it was solely built to emerge imposing!

As you stroll around the palace, you can see various highlights that are normal for the renaissance time frame, like the brightening stonework around the windows. On the later wing, the trademark and the most typical of the traditional style is the pilasters (false columns inset in the walls).

Chateau de Valencay Interior

Lounge Room

With a monumental library office, the Empire-style Chateau de Valencay Interior sparkles with all its mahogany and overlaid bronzes under Bohemian precious stone crystal fixtures.

Blue room

Chateau de Valencay, the Blue Room
Blue Room”, by Croquant, is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

Porcelain containers from China and Japan vouch for the flavour of the art objects from the Far East. The Spanish Princes changed the Louis XV table into a game table. An extraordinary player, Talleyrand, without a doubt, delighted in it.

Ruler of Spain’s Chamber

A delightful Empire complex outfits the most significant room of the palace that the Prince of Asturias occupied from 1808 to 1814. A valuable wallpaper in greyish outlines about Psyche and Cupid on the walls. Napoleon’s detainee, the person who will become King Ferdinand VII, lives in a brilliant jail thanks to Talleyrand’s considerations and the orders he will routinely communicate during his nonappearance.

Office of the Duchess of Dino

Incredibly gorgeous mahogany furniture hangs out, specifically a Restoration-style boat bed made of Cuban mahogany, in the washroom connecting the room, a nineteenth-century copper bath, and an uncommon Regency bidet seat.

How to Travel

There is no direct train available from Paris to Chateau de Valencay. But, there are services from Paris Austerlitz and showing up at Valencay through Salbris. The excursion, including moves, takes around 3h 54m.

The least expensive method for getting from Paris to Chateau de Valencay is to train, and the speediest way to get from Paris to Chateau de Valencay is to drive, which takes 2h 34m.

Chateau de Valencay Nearby Tours

Fishing is a famous movement on the calm banks of the River Nahon toward the southeast of the town, with a license costing around 10 euros daily. Likewise, Valencay is home to an appellation controlée wine and an appellation controlée cheddar (called Le Valencay), a delightful goat’s cheddar. You appreciate both when in the town.

Attractions near Chateau de Valencay:

  • ArtMag Vitrail
  • Musée du Sucre d’Art
  • Office de Tourisme du Pays de Valencay
  • Atelier le Bery’l
  • Musée de l’Automobile
  • Chateau D’Amboise

Frequently Asked Questions

Who lived in Chateau de Valencay?

The Chateau de Valencay preserves the memory of its unmistakable owner, Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand, quite possibly the most well-known French diplomat and an incredible aesthete who wanted to carry on with the aristocratic way of life.

When was the Chateau de Valencay built?

Designed at the request of Talleyrand to engage him and his visitors, it was built somewhere in 1819 and 1820 as a feature of a large scope development project that got neighbourhood artisans and different subject matter experts, similar to the Parisian decorator Ciceri.

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Nitesh Kuchhal, an IIM Calcutta graduate, is more than an educator—he's a mentor. With a passion for leadership and entrepreneurship, and travel. He has explored over 20 countries. Beyond teaching, he dives into psychology and discusses social issues. Though he is not a history expert, he enjoys learning about it through books, adding a historical touch to his many interests.

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