This property, which is accessed through a magnificent monumental gate, extends over a landscaped park with trees of 2600m2. You will find calm and plenitude just a few minutes from Saumur.
The Château is composed on the first floor of a large living room of 63m2, in the extension is a semi-open kitchen of 9 m2 on the dining room of 13 m2 and a separate toilet arranged under the staircase.
On the second floor, you can enjoy a large library in the living room of 36m2, a master suite of 35m2 which has a bathroom and separate toilet. On the same floor you will also find a bedroom of 14m2 with bathroom and toilet, then a laundry room of about 7m2 and a boiler room.
On the second floor you will find two bedrooms of 12m2 each. On the landing, there is a bathroom and toilet and a shower room and toilet. In the continuation of this second floor you take a small staircase which will give you access to a room at the top of the tower. Take advantage of this peaceful place to admire the garden from the top of it.
Go out of the castle and admire the machicolations on top of the second tower. This one has an access from the outside, on the first floor you will find a charming little chapel.
Then, climb the stairs of the tower, arriving at the top to enjoy these places with an unobstructed view on the vineyards of Saumur and the garden of this property.
We cannot describe such an illustrious place without briefly mentioning its history:
In the 15th century, Dampierre was only a small hamlet, perched on the heights south of the Loire. What is today rue Morains was then a natural valley, descending from the plateau to the river. It was the last practicable descent, before Saumur, for those who came from the east.
During the previous centuries, a succession of fortified points had been created on the plateau, in places that offered a good field of surveillance to those who occupied them, and there are written traces of a castle at this location as early as 1240.
In the 15th century, the century of the good king René, Antoine de Vignolles became the lord of Morains. Among the many de Vignolles in the service of King René, Antoine obtained from the king, in 1462, the authorization to develop and fortify the castle.
In the last years of the 15th century, François de Vignolles succeeded Antoine as Lord of Morains. His family ties probably led him to be part of King René’s court circle and, in all likelihood, he met the latter’s children.
This may explain the arrival at the castle, in 1480, of his most distinguished resident, Marguerite d’Anjou, daughter of King René and wife of Henry VI of England, who reigned as Queen of England from 1445 to 1460 and from 1470 to 1471; and whose last residence was Dampierre Castle.
We are literally under the spell of this enchanting place, do not delay to come and visit it.
- Country: France
- City / Town: Saumur