Palace of Fontainebleau
Palace of Fontainebleau

The Loire Valley in France is home to many chateaus that were the places where French royalty  and bourgeoisie chose to spend much of their time.  These are not just your ordinary houses.  They are enormous structures, many dating back to the 16th century, used as second homes in the summer.

Chateau of Cheverny
Chateau of Cheverny

What these chateaus have in common are amazing architectural details.

Chateau de Chambord
Chateau de Chambord

Some appear to have been influenced by a variety of architectural styles

Chateau d'Amboise
Chateau d’Amboise

while others have a combination of Gothic and Renaissance features indicating that sections of the chateau were constructed at different times.

Chateau of Chenonceau
Chateau of Chenonceau

Here, the structure is one that could be right out of a fairy tale!  

French chateauNot only is it in a magical setting,  the interior is a delight, especially the kitchen which has enough copper cookware to stock several Williams Sonoma stores!

French chateauIt was fascinating to learn that the contents of the chateaus were hauled back and forth between homes.  Considering the size of these places, that sounds like a most daunting task.

French chateauBeds were particularly important furnishings because they were a sign of wealth.  Speaking of beds, they are shorter than ours today but not necessarily because people were smaller but because they slept sitting almost erect for fear of choking.  Now, that’s an interesting little tidbit.

tapestry There is much to see in each chateau, but what got my attention again and again were the tapestries.

tapestryThey were in every room,

tapestrysometimes one for every wall.  How could I not think that  weavers in those long ago days were kept very busy.

Chateau de Blois
Chateau de Blois

Considering the age of these magnificent structures, I am once again struck by the accomplishments in periods where the actual building process was so primitive compared to today.  One can only hope that something in our time should last so long.

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20 thoughts on “Not Just Your Ordinary House

  1. Yep…these all look pretty much like the houses in my neighborhood. I’m pretty sure that first one looks exactly like our house, except ours has a red door! 😉

    These are all magnificent! Isn’t it wild how people actually LIVE(D) in homes this size??!?!?! And some as big as this are actually SECOND homes??!?!! Some people’s whole houses aren’t as big as one room in these places!!! WILD!!!!

    It’s always fun to look and dream! Thanks for sharing, Linda! Happy Mother’s Day!

  2. The chateaux of the Loire are all amazing…did you get to go the Villandry? The gardens there during spring are absolutely amazing.

  3. What a fascinating tour! Thank you. Isn’t it amazing that these were considered summer homes? It’s hard to imagine how many people and servants there must have been to need this kind of a structure. They are gorgeous, of course. I had no idea about sleeping sitting up for fear of choking – that’s new information!

    Thanks so much for joining in this week.


    1. Agreed, Marigene. I kept thinking they must have a lot of company or an awful lot of servants to fill all the rooms. The.gathering rooms would be great places to have a big party!

  4. It is amazing to think about the building skills and craftmanship during the time periods these chateaus were built. The tapestries are incredible. I haven’t seen as many different scenes as you have shown before. Quite a collection.

  5. That pink bed is really gorgeous, now that is interesting about sleeping setting up!!! Can you imagine moving those tapestries?

  6. Gorgeous images! Thank you for sharing these with us! I, too, am often struck with how beautiful and complex building design was during these periods of history –especially given the resources they had.

  7. So beautiful! I have always loved old structures, especially castles and farmhouses. Totally different, but for some reason both have always made me curious. The chateau is lovely and I too am amazed by the work required of a tapestry of that size. Thank you for sharing!
    Blessings from Still Woods Farmhouse

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