Chateau de Chémery!

And I continue my road warrior trip in the wonderful sublime Loire river valley of my belle France. This was on our way to Valençay(see post), but saw this castle and took a peek, nice one. Another hidden off the beaten path castle, really. Let me tell you a bit on the Château de Chémery.

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The town of Chémery is located in the Loir-et-Cher department 41 of the Centre-Val de Loire region. It is located about 29 km from Blois on the RD 956 road. It can also be reached by exit 13 of the A85 highway/autoroute. The town is located at the crossroads of Sologne,Touraine,and Berry old regions.

Some of the things to see here are:

The Saint-Guillaume Church, rebuilt in 1863 has the particularity of having the inscription “French Republic” and the motto “Liberté-Égalité-Fraternité” inscribed on its pediment.  The mill, rebuilt in the 18C, is placed on a canal fed by the Renne river. This one takes its source three km upstream at a place called Grenouillet then takes the sources of Beaumont and its tributary La Pissette and joins the Cher river at Thésée.

What I saw and like to stop by and took a walk around is the castle.

The Chémery Castle, built on a 12C fortress and remodeled in the 15-16C, has been undergoing restoration since 1981. It has several wings , and completely surrounded by a moat.

The Château de Chémery is located in the center of the village, set back from the D956 departmental road. It is surrounded by the church, the city/town hall, a pond and farm fields. The castle itself is completely surrounded by a moat spanned by an old drawbridge and a wooden walkway. Two outbuildings of the castle are located outside the moat: the tithe barn and a former dovecote which is not owned by the owners of the castle. The constructions of the castle itself are organized around a rectangular central courtyard. outbuildings, in the body of the castle itself and in the surrounding wall.

Chemery castle moat front dec21

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Owned by a certain Regnault de Chémery in 1236, the castle depends on a lordship under St-Aignan. But the history of the castle is not well known due to the destruction of the archives during the French revolution. Possession of the La Roche-Aymon family until 1970, it was acquired by the writer Madeleine Lemaître and lived in by her son, the artist Alain Souchon; then by the architect Axel Fontaine and his wife Cécile in 1981, who have been in charge of the restoration since, Today, the castle is used for various activities. And the restoration work is heavy from what I saw.

Chemery castle courtyard dec21

Chemery castle entr renov dec21

The official Château de Chémery

The town of Chémery on its history

There you go folks, a dandy off the beaten path even in the Loire valley. Just passing by and always nice by me to see a castle, any castle is wonderful. This one has a hidden history still, and nice owners who do their labor of love to bring it back. The Château de Chémery is worth a look on your road warrior ways in France. Hope you enjoy the post as I

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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