1 à 3 Place Paul Boncour 41400 Chissay-en-Touraine − France
Chissay Castle is a poem in stone brought to life. This former royal residence in the shadow of Chenonceau castle is the ideal place to discover the wonderful Loire Valley.
The park and surrounding woods make a perfect base to explore the Chambord, Blois, Amboise and Touraine castles. The individual and elegant rooms overlook the park, the swimming pool or the renaissance courtyard.
The “la Table du Roy” dining room is in a gothic style with arched vaults and offers dishes inspired by the region. For your events we have a magnificent recently restored guards’ room which has a capacity of 200 people. There are also rooms exclusively for conference use.
To enhance your stay there is an outdoor swimming pool in the park, and nearby there are horse riding, hunting, fishing, cycling facilities, golf 25km away and excursions available to castles in the Loire and Sologne.
History (with a capital H) has embraced Chissay over the centuries. Situated between Montrichard and Chenonceaux, this former fortified castle was built under Charles the 7th for Pierre Bérard, chancellor of France and husband to Anne de Rondard. Charles the 7th and Louis the 11th both stayed here, as evidenced by many royal acts.
On the 19th of April 1543 Bérard sold the estate to Philibert Babou, Lord of Bourdaisière, the king’s treasurer and superintendent of finance, for £16 690. The castle remained in the family, then passed into the hands of Duke of Choiseul until the eve of the revolution. Choiseul ceded Chissay to his friend Jean-Baptiste du Buc, a man of merit and good fortune who grew to know well the revolution’s prisons.
On his death in 1795 Chissay became the property of Marie-Jacques Gaigneron, Count of Marolles, allied through his mother to Empress Josephine. Gaigneron remained the owner of Chissay and was also the town mayor for more than half a century. The castle has known varying fortunes, and the original architecture has been added to by its various owners.
Acquired in the twentieth century by Baron and Baroness of Gartempe, then passed to their descendants the Costa de Beauregard, it was this family that welcomed Mr Paul Raynaud in June 1940. The Prime Minister established his headquarters here, and political and military conferences were held in the main salon. Chissay castle received General Weygand, the ambassador of Great Britain, ministers and dignitaries who liaised with the republic’s president residing 30km away in Cangé castle. On the 12th of June, General de Gaulle arrived at Chissay to present Paul Reynaud with his ‘reduit breton’ plan (a joint British/French strategy to defend the Brittany peninsula against the Germans.) Chissay witnessed the agony of the 3rd republic, the future of France was determined behind the thick walls of the castle.
Situated in the Château, most on the 3rd floor, these rooms of at least 25 square metres, with mansard windows have complete bathroom facilities, and some rooms have an option of one large bed or two singles. These rooms may not receive extra beds or baby cots.
Extra bed for guests aged 13 and over. Situated in the park at the foot of the castle, in what used to be the stables, these spacious bedrooms of at least 35 square metres have full bathrooms, some featuring a choice of two single beds or one large one. The decoration is more modern with wicker furniture. Direct access to the swimming pool.
Extra bed for guests aged 13 and over. Situated in the Château, these rooms of at least 30 square metres have full bathrooms and some rooms can be fitted with two separate single beds or one large double bed. Spacious rooms, generally with high ceilings and a beautiful view of the terrace, the park and either the courtyard or the castle entrance.
Extra bed for guests aged 13 and over. Situated within the Château, each spacious room (at least 35 square metres) has full bathrooms, most with high ceilings and a beautiful view of the park, the pool or the castle entrance.
Extra bed for guests aged 13 and over. Situated in the Château, these apartments of at least 45 square metres include full bath facilities and the option of two separate single beds or one large one. Very spacious rooms with a private parlor which may be adapted for a suite for child, teenager or adult. Beautiful views of the entire park, the pool, the castle entrance or the inner courtyard.
The Duc de Choiseul Suite: Located on the first floor of the Château, with lift access, the 72-square-metre suite is composed of a master bedroom with wood paneling, ornamental firepace and a view overlooking the park and the pool. Small sitting room in the 15th-century Tower, which may be converted into a children’s bedroom.
The Charles VII Suite: Situated on the second floor of the Château, with lift access and surface area of 67 square metres, this suite is composed of a master bedroom with wood paneling and a view overlooking the park and the pool. Its small sitting room in the 15th-century Tower may be converted to a children’s bedroom.
The Troglodyte Suite: Situated in the prolongation of the restaurant terrace, on the edge of the park, this unique space of 92 square metres has been sculpted out of the native Tuffeau stone cliffside. The stones from such sites served to build all the castles of the Loire and Cher Valleys. The sitting room can accommodate two extra beds, ensuite bathroom, private terrace.
The Jacuzzi Suite: This suite of 48 square metres, situated on the third floor of the Château, accessible by lift, features a magnificent master bedroom whose ceiling beams are laid in the style of an inverted boat hull. In the alcove formed by the Tower, a whirlpool bathtub. Separate toilets and double-basin lavatories. This room can accommodate two guests maximum.
Duplex Suite: Situated in the 13th-century dungeon, accessible by lift and then by a spiral staircase, this unique room of 67 square metres has two levels: On the first level, king-size bed (180 x 200 cm), which may be separated into two single beds. On the second level, the bathroom beneath a remarkable vaulted ceiling in Tuffeau stone, with a 360° view of the valley and the Château park. Between the two levels, a glass floor.
We would be pleased to welcome you to taste our sophisticated Cuisine.
Lénaïc Huard, Head Chef
Lénaïc Huard, a chef born in this area, studied the culinary arts in Blois, earning added distinctions in pastry-making.
He first worked here as sous-chef under Romain Grasso, then took over as head chef in 2014.
A lover of hunting, fishing and nature since he was a boy, he also helped in his grandfather’s vegetable garden from a very young age. Today, he still gathers borage flowers, nasturtium and wild herbs to garnish his dishes, so that his dining guests may discover new aromatic plants. It is important to Lénaïc Huard to use ingredients that are in season and locally available. He shows meticulous respect for his products and he transmits this savoir-faire daily to his team.
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