One thing about the recent high waters on the Cher and the localized flooding is positive: it got me back into old Saint-Aignan with my camera again. It had been a few years since I'd played the tourist in my own home town (well, adopted town). First photo: here's what you see when you enter Saint-Aignan from the north, coming from Blois.
Yes, that's the château. It looms over the town and the river. It's not open to the public. As far as I know, the owner, a woman who is an aristocrat — une marquise, actually — still lives there. Her husband the marquis passed away more than a decade ago. She's elderly now, and I don't know what will happen to the château when she passes on. Maybe her heirs will decide to let people like us in to see the place.
Above is a view of a section of the château that I took from the road that runs along the river, near the bridge. I'm posting these images at a pretty large size. Click on them to open them in a new window, and click again when you see the magnifying glass icon with a plus sign in it.
Seen from the back when you arrive from Blois, the Château de Saint-Aignan might look a little eclectic (a hodgepodge of styles). But seen from the front, it's a beautiful Renaissance edifice. You can't go inside, but you can trudge up a gravel path, or a paved tree-lined road, or up a grand staircase from the nearby church, and spend some time on the château terrace to get a good look at the exterior of the buildings, as well as views out over the river valley.