Another dandy at Beauregard!

And back on the routine for the times for the memory and the good deeds. On a cloudy cool 10C Sunday (about 50F) rain a bit overnight not now. I am back on my desk to do something in my blog. Memories, yes I remember the Château de Beauregard. We came here by chance, going between Amboise and Blois and saw it on the map, so we took a quick detour and saw this wonderful pretty castle still in private hands. The family love it.

It is secluded in a deep forest off a narrow tree line road at the village of Cellettes ;of course you need a car to come here.  From Paris on the autoroute A10 and get off at exit/sortie 17  at Blois, go thru city center on avenue de Chateaudun then right at rue Denis Papin cross bridge pont Jacques Gabriel hit the avenue Wilson same continuation is road D956 direction Cheverny , about halfway once out of Blois and Cheverny you will see on panel to make you turn right into the Chateau de Beauregard. Go on the narrow tree line road to the castle on the left before castle there is open air free parking.

The Château de Beauregard, dates from the 16C and it is located in the town of Cellettes in the department of Loir et Cher no 41 region of Val de Loire-Centre about 10 km south of Blois. The must visit here is to see its gallery of personages or galerie des Illustres.  The castle is in the borders of the forest of Russy, on the ruins of a Chapel dating from before the 15C that you can still see in the park, has engrave on a stone the shell of the pilgrims of St James of Compostela and their symbol written God saw it or Dieu le Voit.


Property of the Doulcet family ,it was mainly Jean Doulcet, master of the chamber of the last duke of Orleans, Charles. In 1495 Louis d’Orléans (future king Louis XII) raise these lands into a lordship and authorised the building of a pigeon house. The sons of Jean Doulcet were taken away their properties by king Louis XII for fraud to the Crown in the campaigns of Italy and the castle became Royal property. In 1521, king François Ier uses the castle as a meeting for hunting and offered it to his uncle René de Savoie that perished in the battle of Pavia in 1525 and the property comes to his widow. In 1545, the property is sold to Jean du Thier, secretary of State in charge of finances by king Henri II, he was a great humanist, protector of the poets Joachim du Bellay and Pierre de Ronsard. Jean du Thier was really recognised as the builder of the castle.


Jean du Thier had built or attached the main body of the old castle to the new building done in the Renaissance style on the central gallery that links the two buildings and used as living quarters. From 1553 the interior decoration is done by calling upon various artists from abroad that worked for the king Henri II. At the foot of the windows on the south wing, a garden is created on the renaissance style as well showcasing rare botanical plants that the owner loves.

The next period of importance in the construction of the castle came with Paul Ardier in 1617, he was just retired from services of 55 years to kings Henri II, Henri IV,and Louis XII. He was controller of the war, grand treasurer of the accounts, and already age of 72 yrs. He dedicates his life to improved and renovate the castle. Destroyed the old central bodies to surrounded the central gallery with two modern symmetrical wings, and gives the common areas the look you see today. His major work and the castle main work was the creation of the gallery of the famous or personages or Galerie des Portraits or Illustres that continues to be improved by the next two generations of owners including Gaspard de Fieubet, chancellor of the queen mother Anne of Austria. The property of Beauregard is raise to viscount by king Louis XIV.

Passing by several owners again, we arrive at 1850 when Jules count of Cholet becomes the new owner that eventually gets the castle nominated to a historical monument of France and stayed in his family for 62 years. By 1912, Louis Thillier as owner starts a huge project of modernisation and restoration, and eventually the castle passes in 1925 to the Gosselin family from where the Count Guy du Cheyron du Pavillon comes and continues the restoration of the castle and the gallery of personages   with his wife to our days.

What to see here ;well ,the Galerie des Illustres. Located in the 2nd floor US it measures 26 meters long and 6 meters wide with 327 portraits on three levels and twelve panels each. Each portrait is painted on a fabric measuring about 55 cm by 45 cm and represented in bust except king Henri IV and Louis XIII; the great equestrian portrait of king Henri IV is on top of the chimney of the 16C. The 14 portraits of personages that surrounded it are smaller size then the rest of the collection. The portrait of king Louis XIII covers the three levels of the paintings. The number of portraits by king varies like for king Philippe IV you see 6, and Charles VII 21, Louis XIII has 40 portraits. The dates of their reign as well as the symbols of the kings are painted on the wooden bars between the floor and the portraits.

In France by the end of the 16C the taste for galleries of portraits is expanded, the first ones came to us by those ordered by king Henri IV at the Louvre or by Cardinal Richelieu in his palace or Palais Royal ,and gave the influence for those at Beauregard. Other collections in France but with a different theme are those from the 17C at the Château de Bussy-Rabutin in Burgundy, and the Château de Neuville at Gambais in 1939 with 192 grand names in the history of France from king François Ier to the French revolution of 1789. Another one is from the 19C at the Château d’Azay-le-Rideau by the marquis of Biencourt started collection from 1830 with 300 portraits that eventually were given to their descendants and by the Viscountess of Montaigne-de-Poncins in 1939 to the Musée Condé de Chantilly, (see post) where they are kept today.

Other nice part of the Castle of Beauregard is the Cabinet des Grelots ,completively surrounded by wood of oak in the Italian tradition of Studiolo. Originally, this room was connected to the gallery by a small door that in the 17C was closed when the collection of portraits was created. The ceiling of peg casing is one of the most beautiful in France. It is composed of a big octagonal surrounded by 8 small hexagons finely sculpture; at the center of the ceiling you see the arms of Jean du Their (blue in three grelots posted 2 on one with the golden grelots in a blue background). On the upper part of the wooden work are engraved the portraits done by local artists where Jean du There is surrounded by his favorite activities such as ; the arts, paintings, sculpture, literature, music, and jewerly as well as physic activities like the art of war, hunting and tennis. In the 17C Paul Ardier covered the original chimney with the arms of his family. There is a big portrait of king Louis XIII on horse decorating the chimney until the 20C, it disappeared in 1925 and the Gosselin family ordered the Louvre museum a copy of Diane the hunter by François Clouet.

The park garden surrounding the castle has 70 hectares with 40 hectares of garden and the rest forest. There are since 1992 a portraits garden or Le jardin des Portraits with 12 gardens imitating the 12 groups of portraits in the gallery of the castle. The colors of each room is symbolic associated with a personage or an event told in the gallery of castle like showing as example one of the rooms is in red associated to the blood shed in the massacre of Saint Barthélemy. There is a freezer or glaciére in the castle renovated in 2008 but dating from the 17C with a technical innovation not well known to the general public; these building was used to stock ice and the conservation of food all year long.

More information to help you plan your visit here and it is worth a detour are:

The local tourist office Blois Chambord region

The regin val de loire tourist office :

Local info on the castle on the city hall of Cellettes :

Another dandy castle in the Loire, you will love with the family , the portraits makes for an interesting conversation indeed.  The post in my blog gives more directions to get there, a car is a must. Enjoy the Sunday, happy travels, good health ,and many cheers to all.

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3 Comments to “Another dandy at Beauregard!”

  1. Only in France can you find a chateau such as this. Good post, I enjoyed it!

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  2. Another impressive Château and exquisite portraits. So many hidden jewels on this Valley! Thanks for sharing. 👍❤

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