Villesavin castle: one Breton, a building site... and rumours

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Villesavin castle Castle Castle of the Loire Valley

A Breton, a widow, a site

Brave and wise!

Villesavin's first lord, in 1315, was the count of Blois Guy de Châtillon. But the most important chap was Jean Le Breton, who owned the land in 1526. This ″wise and brave gentleman, capable of war and advice″, went with his king François I in every wars.

Both of them were captured in Pavia (Italy), in 1525! Released one year later, the king put Jean in charge of the management of Chambord’s construction. So, to be close of the building work, our chap decided to settle in the neighborhood, in Villesavin… and raised a nice castle.


A legend says that Le Breton misappropriated the money for Chambord’s construction, in order to raise his own castle. And yet François I gave him his complete trust… But you know, Azay-le-Rideau’s owner was accused of the same thing! Yes, maybe, but for Jean, it wasn’t true at all! Phew, so, everything was alright!

Meanwhile, Jean also raised the castle of Villandry, few years later, and in 1537, Villesavin was completed. 6 years later, Le Breton died… François I asked his widow to succeed him as the new ″work’s inspector of Chambord!

100 metres of façade!

No more medieval stronghold here, but a nice Italian palace, a delicate château de la Loire… We have 3 courtyards, here: the main courtyard with its basin made of Carrara marble, the stables courtyard and the farmyard. In total, we have about 100 metres of façades in front of us! Nice, isn’t it?

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