30 May 2006

Montrésor and Grandmont-Villiers

Yesterday we decided to go down to Montrésor, about 15 miles south of Saint-Aignan, to spend the afternoon walking around the village and touring the château. Montrésor is officially "l'un des plus beaux villages de France" -- one of the most beautiful villages in France.

Le château de Montrésor seen from the streets of the village

The château grounds were full of flowers. I took many pictures, but I won't post them all here — with the exception of this example.

We paid the admission fee and wandered around the grounds and through the château. The weather turned out nice, even though showers and clouds were predicted. I enjoyed taking pictures outside, and I enjoyed seeing the inside of the château again. It was refurnished in the 19th century, when it was acquired by a Polish family.

Outside there are flowers and there are some big pieces of sculpture. Here are few pictures.

The fallen archangel

A boy and his dog

A bronze hand

The château sits on a big rock up above the village, so you have good views from up there.

A rooftop from the château grounds

One more beautiful shuttered window

A sign painted on the wall of a building below the château

In Montrésor there is also a beautiful old church that is open to visitors. Here are a couple of pictures.

A painting in the church

In the church at Montrésor

Below the château and through the village runs a little river called the Indrois. There's a walking trail along the Indrois from which you can get good views of the château, the church, the houses of the village, and some "wildlife".

Lily pads floating on the Indrois river

Some village residents watching birds near the river

Mushrooms growing on a rotting tree stump on the banks of the river

A horse grazing in a pasture south of the river...
where is the fourth leg?

When we left Montrésor, we drove east to the village of Villeloin-Coullangé and then a couple of miles south to the old priory of Grandmont-Villiers. The priory was founded in 1157 but abandoned in the 1700s. A few monks returned in the late 1970s and sill live there. They are slowly restoring the old buildings.


Cattle kept by the Grandmont monks

Near the village of Orbigny, just a few miles north, we saw this picturesque field of flax.


  1. What a great sense of place. I really like the way you post a lot of different photos and give a feel for the site you've visited. Betty C.

  2. Super, ton "reportage" sur Montrésor :-) Bises aux... Parisiens que vous êtes en ce moment :-) Marie

  3. Visiting Loire (Le Blanc) in April for 2 weeks and after viewing your site I can't wait to get there. Thanks so much for such a wonderful informative description - the photos are wonderful too.
    Glenys J - Hunter Valley - Australia

  4. Glenys, I don't know if you will see my comment but I want to say that there are very many fantastic places to see near Le Blanc. Among them, Angles-sur-l'Anglin, Le Grand-Pressigny, Chauvigny, and Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe. I'm in the process of preparing photos of a lot of these places for posting. Keep an eye on the blog.


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