The village of Montrésor is located in the department of Indre-et-Loire, 60 km  southeast of Tours and 8 km north of Loches (about 1hr from the house). Montrésor is listed as one of the 'Most beautiful villages in France',(plus beaux villages de France’ ) it is indeed a very pretty place - these awards are given to villages in France (151 at the last count) that share the same passion and ambition to promote and recognize the quality of their heritage, history, culture and their desire to conserve their individuality and authenticity. It is overlooked by one of our favourite chateau - Chateau de Montresor.



At the start of the 11th century, Foulques Nerra who was responsible for many of the medieval fortresses of the Loire Valley, had one built on top of a rocky promontory overlooking the Indrois Valley as a defence against potential invaders.  A double enclosure wall surrounding the keep is still apparent. The massive corner towers and the 12th century gate towers remain impressive because of their powerful feudal architecture designed for defensive purposes. It is one of our favourite chateaux -- not as grand as some but one of the few with that 'lived in' feel.



The chateau passed into the hands of the Bastarnay family in 1493. They had a fine residence built within the fortress walls and also founded the collegiate church.It became a charming peacetime residence surrounded by the original feudal defence system. Over time it past into the ownership of the Beauvilliers family where it remained for over a century until 1831.     


In1849, Xavier Branicki,a Polish count who had developed a friendship with Napoléon III, acquired the château. Army officer, politician and financier, he was one of the founders of the Crédit Foncier de France bank in 1852. A noteworthy art collector and patron, the count decorated the château with many valuable pieces of furniture, paintings and art objects.


The castle still belongs to the descendants of Count Branicki today and don't be surprised to bump into a family member on your visit.




Clustered at the base of the chateau, along the river Indrois, a picturesque  village has developed. It has some very pretty little houses spread along the Indrois River plus a few attractive half-timbered houses.




There is a good restaurant in the village 'Cafe de la Ville' where you can have lunch during your visit. We have eaten here quite a few times and have never been disappointed. You get a good value ste lunch at a very reasonable price. In high season it is a good idea to pop in and book before lunchtime.



The area is ideal for walking and exploring and full of pleasant surprises. There are a number of marked routes around the village. You can get maps and other information from the very good tourist office in the village.    


You can see a slideshow of the village here>



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