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Montrésor

Last weekend we drove over to Montrésor, which we had heard was a beautiful and charming town on the river (as if we’re lacking in charm around here).

Montrésor village.

Montrésor village.

montresor front

View of the Château de Montrésor from below.

After a quick drive, we were greeted with a town which looked straight out of a Disney storybook.  We had a delicious lunch at a café, indulging in crème brûlée and pot-de-crème for dessert, which I simply cannot resist. Then, much to Oliver’s dismay, we went to explore the Château – there’s one in every town! It seems Oli has decided that he is DONE with Châteaux. Poor kid.

Loved this ancient door on the walls of the keep outside the Château de Montrésor.

Loved this ancient door on the walls of the keep outside the Château de Montrésor.

Decorative iron gate shown from inside the Château grounds.

Decorative iron gate shown from inside the Château grounds.

Entrance to the Château de Montrésor.

Front entrance of the Château.

The sprawling grounds are dotted with lemon trees, roses galore, towering chestnuts, even a XIV century outhouse! Crumbling castle walls surround the Château, with little tiny doors and archways leading to pathways and courtyards to explore. Happily, Oliver was delighted by this, leaving Derek with enough time to soak up the history inside the Château.

Love the lemon tree against the vibrant blue skies.

Love the lemon trees against the vibrant blue skies.

14th century outhouse!

14th century outhouse!

Low tunnels and trails in the walls surrounding the Château.

Low tunnels and paths in the walls surrounding the Château.

Outside the gate to the Château are the ruins of a X century keep, built by Foulques Nerra, le Comte d’Anjou, who also built the donjon here in Loches, the Abbey in Beaulieu-lès-Loches right down the road from us, as well as a fortress in Montbazon (which we visited today). He was a busy man!

View of the ruins of the ancient tenth century keep.

View of the ruins of the ancient tenth century keep. I love the way the old windows are still intact.

dungeon ruins

Gate details and ivy-covered keep windows.

Gate details and ivy-covered keep windows.

After exploring the Château, we wandered down the road to the river, which is surrounded by weeping willows, grassy fields, and a lovely meandering trail through the parklands, with a great view looking up into town. Can you spot the Plague Doctor sculpture? It was a great place for the kids to run around for a while. When we reached the end of the trail there was a clearing with tables painted with game boards, and milk bottle caps and dice in a basket for people to use to play. I love this kind of community-minded thinking.

The Château viewed from the meandering riverside walk.

The Château viewed from the riverside walk.

Games tables in the park by the river in Montrésor.

Games tables in the park by the river in Montrésor.

Montrésor was a great spot to visit for an afternoon. I think we’ve done quite well exploring a fair bit of the Loire and Normandy this summer, and we’re ready to expand some more. On to Paris next weekend!

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2 Comments

  1. Lauren says

    Love your blog Lesley! It looks & sounds like you guys are having a fantastic time. What a great experience for you all. And what a cute little village! Look forward to more posts 🙂
    Lauren
    Xoxo

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    • Thank you so much Lauren! We are having a great time – what an adventure so far 🙂 we are off to Paris this afternoon (yippee!) so I will definitely be posting some pics sometime next week chronicling our weekend. xo

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