Monday’s Travel Photos – Château de Montpoupon

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Château de Montpoupon in the Loire Valley, just 10 minutes from Château de Chenonceau, is an excellent example of what can be done to make a small family château attractive to the public. A recorded conversation between a young girl and her father, for example, is used to take the visitor through the living and dining rooms downstairs and the bedrooms upstairs. The extensive 19th century outbuildings contain several exhibitions relating to the Hunt, which was and still is, one of the main activities of the various owners. In particular there is a large display of Hermès scarves which were originally part of the hunting scene.  Definitely worth a visit.

Château de Montpoupon

Château de Montpoupon

 

Dining room

Dining room

 

The king's bedchamber

The king’s bedchamber

 

Extensive outbuildings of Château Montpoupon

Extensive outbuildings of Château Montpoupon

 

Extensive outbuildings of Château Montpoupon

Extensive outbuildings of Château Montpoupon

 

Hunting tropheys

Hunting tropheys

 

Collection of hunting horns

Collection of hunting horns

 

A wonderful collection of riding coats for the Hunt

A wonderful collection of riding coats for the Hunt

 

Framed Hermès scarves

Framed Hermès scarves

Château de Montpoupon 37460 Céré-la-Ronde, tel 02 47 94 21 15
Open every day from April to September, 10 am to 7 pm; October to 11th November, 10 am to 1 pm and 2 pm to 5 pm; 16th February to 31st March, weekends and school holidays from 10 am to 1 pm; closed in January and December.
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5 Responses to Monday’s Travel Photos – Château de Montpoupon

  1. Susan Walter says:

    We’ve always really liked Montpoupon (and in fact it is the chateau in the background of our logo). But although the chateau buildings and their setting are utterly charming, it can be a hard sell to visitors. Many people are really put off by the quantity of hunting trophies (and I don’t entirely blame them). It is a remarkable repository of the 19thC rural and sporting life though. I particularly like the display from Deyrolle (the famous taxidermists) and the saddler’s shop. You may not approve of hunting but if you are not squeamish it is a wonderful insight into various lost or unfashionable arts. We have a good friend who collects taxidermy and paintings of nuns because they are both unfashionable but often highly skilled. He feels it would be a shame to lose such things altogether.

    • Rosemary Kneipp says:

      Hi Susan, I’m not an enthusiast of the Hunt, but I still found the château very interesting. I think the owners have exercised more ingenuity than Beauregard, for example. I wonder if they could consider translating their dialogues into English because they are really an excellent idea. I’m not a great fan of Hermès scarves either, but the exhibition is excellent and it’s interesting to see that Hermès was actually a saddler looking to diversify his business.

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