This is the most interesting château to visit in the region, not so much for the architecture (although it is a handsome ... More
Château de Merville
This is the most interesting château to visit in the region, not so much for the architecture (although it is a handsome specimen of typical local architecture) as for the wonderful gardens and decorated rooms. They are a rare and perfectly preserved example of 18th-century style. The entrance fee includes a guided tour of five small reception rooms, which feature a rare group of 17th and 18th-century tapestries, portraits of the Chalvet family (they've owned the château for three centuries), 18th-century and Regency furniture, and an odd "Chinese room". The château is really more the size of a mansion; it has an atmosphere of intimacy and well-being. You are then free to wander through the box garden. It is unique in Europe, and includes 6 kilometers of box hedges and a maze . The towns nearby, Merville and Lespinasse, are charming little villages with typical "clocher-mur" churches to see. For timings call ahead.
This château has two significantly inspired events. One was the tragic downfall of Fouquet, a minister who paid the price
of life imprisonment because King Louis XIV was jealous of his beautiful château. And under the influence of Fouquet, ...