The castle of the Chatelet

37260, Thilouze
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Located at 20 Km of Tours, in the heart of the circuit of the castles of the Loire, Le Châtelet invites you to live the time to stay, a unique experience between middle ages and Renaissance, in the calm and comfort.

In the same family for 300 years, this castle built in 1520 suffered no transformation since its construction, which earned him to be a historical monument in 1962.

The castle today

We know almost nothing about Le Châtelet before the 16th century, but the name of the successive owners. Around 1520, a nobleman, René Gallebrun, settled down at Le Châtelet. He built or rebuilt Le Châtelet as we know it today, on an existing feudal site.
Its architecture is a combination of medieval structure (musket-slits, drawbridge, towers, moat…) and Renaissance ornament (shells, pilasters...)
The chapel is the oldest part. The ribbed vault is embellished with René Gallebrun’s coat of arms: a crowned lion surrounded by 5 roses. Back to the 16th century, there was also a windmill to ground the flour, as well as a half-timbered building.
Since (année), Le Châtelet is mainly traced through the mother’s line. And it became a simple hunting lodge, which preserved it from reworking and reconstruction. However, a project emerged in 1880, but luckily was abandoned. 19TH AND 20TH CENTURIES:
Honoré de Balzac, whose castle of Saché is only a few miles away, probably knew the place, as he mentions a Mrs. Du Châtelet in his novel Les Illusions perdues (Lost Illusions).
During World War II, Loys Masson, poet of the French Resistance and friend of Louis Aragon, took schelter in Le Châtelet, where he hid for more than a year (1943-44), fed by the Siroteau family, next door farmers. There, he wrote a book, La Douve (The Moat), romaticizing his life in the castle:TODAY:
Le Châtelet has been in the same family for 300 years. Built in 1520, it did not undergo any modification, and therefore has been listed in1962."After the death of my father in 2006, we decided to undertake a major restauration campaign, mostly carried out by ourselves. Today, le Châtelet welcomes tourists and lovers of old stones for a timeless journey.

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Spoken languages: French , English