Château de Villegongis

Villegongis, France

The elegant and moated Château de Villegongis was probably built by Pierre Nepveu, one of the master masons for Chambord. Since the 15th century the ownership has stayed in the same family. Barely touched since that time, it is one of the purest examples of the French Renaissance style.

The château’s most striking features are its richly decorated chimneys, which suggest the link with Chambord, and its cylindrical towers at either end of the main building. The interior is exceptionally well furnished, with some fine 17th and 18th century pieces. Also the carved stone staircase is remarkable.

References:
  • Eyewitness Travel Guide: Loire Valley. 2007

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