28 July 2006

La Corroirie

Just a couple of kilometers down the road from the Chartreuse du Liget monastery is a 12th-century complex of buildings called La Corroirie. It was where the lay brothers of the monastery lived and worked.

La Corroirie, entre Loches et Montrésor en Touraine

The Cadogan guide describes La Corroirie as a group of "gorgeous mellow medieval buildings" and I agree. It's open to visitors during the afternoon in July and August.

The old chapel at La Corroirie

The rear courtyard at La Corroirie

The day CHM and I stopped by there were people out front on the lawn and in the courtyard setting up tables and tents for a wedding party. We had driven through the village of Chemillé on the way there and had seen the crowd gathered in front of the village church for the ceremony. We were lucky to arrive at La Corroirie before the party started.

The fortified front gate

La Corroirie is privately owned and is the site of archeological excavations

We wandered around nearly unnoticed, I think, for about half an hour. Well, unnoticed by the people setting up for the wedding reception, who were politely discreet. But noticed we were by some chickens and a rooster that were wandering around out behind the main buildings.

Above and below, preparations for a wedding reception at La Corroirie

The buildings at La Corroirie were fortified in the 15th century, according to the Guide Michelin. That would have been during the 100 Years War. The monks from Liget probably holed up at La Corroirie when threatened with attack.

The hemp oven

A corroirie is a place where cuir, or leather, is cured and tanned. That must have been the work of the lay brothers. The reason La Corroirie survived intact over the eight centuries that have passed since its construction is that it was turned into a farmstead somewhere along the way.

Below, a series I'm calling "Nobody Here but Us Chickens."

A proud hen at La Corroirie

A hen wearing a natural bridal veil

The cock of the roost


  1. The ruler of the roost is a beautiful bird. I hope those chickens didn't jump on the buffet table.

    It looks like the perfect day for a wedding with those blue skies.

  2. Hi Evelyn, there was actually a little risk of showers at La Corroirie when we were there and they were setting up the wedding party. That afternoon, there was a thunderstorm and a hard shower in Saint-Aignan, but CHM and I missed it.

    The chickens didn't seem intent on going over to the side of the courtyard where the tables were set up... Bises, K.

  3. Hello
    My name is Jeff, I live in la Corroirie.
    Thanks a lot for all the beautifull pictures.
    If you want more information please visite your website www.corroirie.com and come and vist us.

    PS : Sorry for the the roost, but it (or he) became mad, and had attack visitors ...


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