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Châteaux near Tours

The area around Tours is home to a large number of châteaux which can be explored alongside the most famous Loire Valley châteaux. These include the Château of Nitray, the Château of l’Islette, the Château of Ussé and the Château of Champchevrier.


The Château of Montrésor and the Château of Nitray


Nestling in the pretty town eponymous to the château, the Château of Montrésor is still lived in and has two very different features: on the one hand there are the remains of the fortress of Foulques Nerra (10th century), and on the other it is a Renaissance home. Its interiors are in the style of the Second French Empire and contain a collection of pre-Renaissance Italian paintings. The building is situate in the heart of a charming park!

The Château de Nitray in the Cher valley boasts Renaissance architecture from the 15th and 16th centuries. Winemaking is a major feature of this is château, home to the Musée de la vigne et du vin (Museum of vines and wine) which gives visitors an insight into the traditional professions of the world of wine. Discover the wine warehouse and cellars, together with the large dovecote, chapel and main courtyard.
 

The Château of l’Islette, Château of Ussé and Château of Champchevrier


Similar to the Château of Azay-le-Rideau, and also located on the banks of the Indre, the Château of l’Islette is a perfect example of Renaissance architecture. Camille Claudel and Rodin were guests in this residence, which is still lived in today, where history and modernity are now brought together.

Located close to the forest of Chinon, the Château of Ussé resembles a fairytale castle with its numerous towers. In fact, it was a source of inspiration for inspired Charles Perrault for the Sleeping Beauty's castle! Discover, on the inside, original furniture and Flemish tapestries, and on the outside explore the gardens designed by Le Nôtre.

Situated in the middle of a woody plot of land and surrounded by water-filled moats, the Château of Champchevrier is an ideal starting point for a hunt. Hunting has been a tradition here for generations, and the château itself has been lived in by the same family for three centuries. Within the castle, visitors will admire the series of 17th century tapestries and the kitchens with its sets of copper works. The residence once played host to Kings Louis XI and Louis XIII.

 
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Restaurants
LA-DEVALIERE-2-OK

LA DEUVALIERE

Traditional cuisine, Theme restaurant, Gourmet restaurant - fine cuisine
at approximately 162 m
TOURS - 37
LE BARJU

LE BARJU

Traditional cuisine, Brasserie, Theme restaurant, Sea food
at approximately 224 m
TOURS - 37
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PREAMBULE

Bistro / wine bar
at approximately 299 m
TOURS - 37