Valençay Castle (France)
Castle Valençay is located in the berry, in the town of Valençay. Between the Renaissance and Classicism, the castle has seen its construction started in the tenth century to finish the seventeenth. From 1451 to 1747 it was the property of the House of Prints, and later, that of the Prince de Talleyrand.
Castle Valençay became a symbol of imperial power at the time of Napoleon when the latter asked Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, its Foreign Minister, becoming its owner. So this man knew redevelop the area so that it best represents the empire of Napoleon. At that time many marbles, paintings, furniture decorated with gilded bronzes and art objects made their arrival at the castle to embellish all this collection still visible today. In the basement, basements, office, kitchen, reflect the attention that the householder was at his table. At the time, the fame of this castle was extended throughout Europe. This is mainly due to the incontestable then cook, Antonin Carême.
Castle Valençay is surrounded by an extensive park on more than 53ha. It consists of the garden of the Duchess of French gardens, the courtyard. You can find nearly 300 species of culinary herbs. Everyone can discover this route as they wish, on foot or by golf cart.
For younger children, the castle also offers a petting zoo, the great Labyrinth of Napoleon or the play of scents in the garden of Antonin.