Chateau La Touanne, Baccon France
The final stop of our trip to France was in the Loire Valley. Hubby and I took several days to tour some of the famous Chateaus in the area. Even more fortunate for us we stayed in one of these stately Chateaus. In Baccon France, Chateau La Touanne has been in the same family since the 1600s. The grounds and buildings were more than I could absorb. I could not even fathom living within such grandeur. Currently the son and wife who run the Chateau, their children, all live in the two story apartment in the left wing. When the elderly mother and father come down from Paris they stay in their apartments which is the two story wing to the right. The middle of the Chateau is for guests to use. That’s where we and some other guests stayed.
The grounds include a huge unattached building of which the original purpose is not apparent. In this building there is another two story apartment and which is probably two to three times our home in the US. The stables which don’t appear to be used anymore, house the changing rooms for the pool, which only take up a fraction of the building. Beyond that there are multitudes of other outbuildings on the property. A building in the back with one giant room in it appears to be a ballroom/event building. As you come up the front drive, on the right there is a building that is similar to a conservatory. There were even more buildings of which I couldn’t even begin to guess the original use. Just suffice it to say I felt quite fortunate to stay here and get a glimpse of life from when royalty reigned. It really was something quite extraordinary. My next post will include photos of the inside.