Visit the Château de Champchevrier

The interiors of the Château de Champchevrier


The interiors include eleven sumptuously decorated rooms that give you glimpse of the castle life style from the owners and their guests - including the King! - to the staff.

You can feel the heart and soul of the castle thanks to the owner’s family. The art works are of museum quality.

However it’s really not a museum and you can feel the homely feeling everywhere, making the Château de Champchevrier the "Downton Abbey" of the Loire Valley. 

The castle lifestyle


Inside Champchevrier we discover a refined decoration which testifies to the taste of the owners and their way of life between receptions and management of the estate.

The old kitchen and laundry


In the old days, the staff needed to run the castle provided the livelihood of many local people.

In the old kitchens and laundry one can see the day-to-day lives of the people “below stairs” who shared the owners’ lives.

On the kitchen side in the extensive sets of copper pots and pans with their numerous saucepans and covers and other utensils, Marie, the Baroness’ cook, prepared the meals with love. 

On the laundry side much care was taken in handling the fine linen. You can see how hand washing was done with wooden beaters and the first mechanical washing machine from America which was supposed to ease the work of the laundry maids and also a magnificent collection of big and smaller antique irons!

The park (free visit)


The park allows you to understand the architectural collection of buildings (castle, outbuildings, farm, dovecote, chapel, etc.).

You can also discover the kennels of the pack of hounds and the breeding. Explanatory signs are placed at points of interest.

This year we also have an outdoor photographic exhibition "The Fabulous Journey of the Honor Gate".

Deck chairs allow you to rest under the 200-year-old chestnut tree in the inner courtyard where climbing roses add color to the ancient stone walls.

The chateau café is also located in the park.

Life on the estate


At the Château de Champchevrier, life is integrated with that of the forest that you can discover by a beautiful walk. More than a setting, it's a way of life. Ice is collected from ponds to conserve food. We always apply ourselves to a sustainable management of wood, respectful of the environment. We plant trees, we make selective cuts, which will partly be used for heating thanks to the large fireplaces. And for centuries we have hunted in the forest, to maintain a fair balance of wildlife. The trophy room bears witness to this.

The Champchevrier hunt is the oldest remaining in Europe. It was reconstituted in 1804. In 1825 the Prince of Condé saw his own hunting pack decimated by disease and it was Baron de Champchevrier who provided him with dogs to reconstitute it. In gratitude, the Prince de Condé gave the baron de Champchevrier the privilege to wear the Condé livery, which colors are « belly of hind » with « amaranthine » facings. We still wear these colors today. 

Outside, the barking of the dogs sometimes breaks the silence and adds to the magic of the place. The kennels are home to a pack of 70 Anglo-French tricolor dogs who only hunt stags. Breeding is provided on the property and reminds - if necessary - that we live there all year round.

Map of Château de Champchevrier

Map of Château de Champchevrier


1. South façade : Pavillon Francis Ier (16th century)

2. East façade (18th century)

3. Chapel (16th century)

4. Dovecote (16th century)

5. Gate of Honor

6. Terrace