Even though the château in Saint-Aignan-sur-Cher is not open to the public, the grounds are, at least in part. You can enter through this gate and take in the views out over the Cher river and over the town's rooftops.
There's a road along the south bank (the "left bank") of the Cher and it's lined with old houses, some of them pretty grand.
The river itself is normally pretty tame. Four years ago in May and June there was some serious flooding, but not since.
Looking in the other direction from the château "terrace" you get views of the rooftops of the old town. In the distance stands the big old Bernardines convent called Notre-Dame des Anges (angels).
This is a closer view of the convent. This photo and the one above are ones I took in 2006.
And finally, here's a post-fire photo that I took in 2010. Before the fire, the grounds of the convent were open to the public, but ever since they've been closed. There are probably two reasons for that: first, there is probably a risk of injury because the walls of the old building might just collapse; second, according to one web page I've found, Notre-Dame des Anges and the grounds are now privately owned.