Upon leaving Chartres, France, we headed off to Château d’Artigny near Montbazon, a few miles away from the city of Tours. Sitting along the Indre River in the heart of the Loire Valley, this near-replica of the 18th-century château at Champlâtreux was completed in 1928. We called it home for a few days while we took in the local sites. However, this building and its grounds proved worthy of its own recognition.
Although the current building is under 100 years old, the original structure on this site dated back to the 17th century. This château was beautifully constructed in an authentically traditional French Baroque style with its formal balance of symmetry, Mansard roof and dormer windows, engaged columns and banded rustication in the stone work.
From the moment we arrived, every detail was authentic, accentuated by the quality of materials and artistry. All that followed continued to impress…
The property allowed us to step back to a time under the king’s rule. It gave us a taste of sophisticated elegance that was once reserved for the aristocracy. We were able to immerse ourselves for a few days while we toured the grand châteaux of the Loire. The accommodations were excellent with a spacious room; our 5-course dinner was divine; and the casual atmosphere was relaxing.