Bou­tique ho­tel

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The 18th-cen­tury Château de Reignac in In­dre-et-loire, close to Tours, is cur­rently used as a 16-bed­room bou­tique ho­tel and houses a wealth of in­ter­est­ing his­tor­i­cal and ar­chi­tec­tural fea­tures, in­clud­ing its chapel.

In the 15th cen­tury, the Du Fau fam­ily, who had just ac­quired the fief­dom, built a for­ti­fied cas­tle. Only the two round tow­ers which frame the façade onto the gar­dens and the guards room re­main from the cas­tle of Je­han du Fau, who was Louis XI’S Grand Mas­ter of the King’s Res­i­dence in Loches.

Reignac sub­se­quently be­came the prop­erty of Pierre For­get, who was Sec­re­tary of State un­der Henri III and Henri IV, and re­spon­si­ble for draw­ing up the Edict of Nantes.

In March 1710, Louis XIV raised the Baron du Fau to the rank of Mar­quis de Reignac sur In­dre, in or­der to re­ward “our dearly beloved friend Louis de Bar­berin, Knight, Count of Reignac”. Louis de Bar­berin com­menced ma­jor al­ter­ation work to adapt the château to cur­rent tastes: the moat was filled in, a vast for­mal park and gar­den were laid out, out­houses were built to the south-west and an east wing per­pen­dic­u­lar to the house was added. A chapel, ded­i­cated to Saint Louis, was built as an ex­ten­sion to the main body of the house. healey­fox.com

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