George Sand and Saint-Chartier castle
Famous French writer George Sand described the place in her book Histoire de ma vie ("Story of my life").
She often came here with her mother, on Sunday, for a walk, because she lived in Nohant, a few kilometres away.
Her novel Les Maîtres Sonneurs takes place here!
Originally, the castle dates back to the 12th century, belonging to mighty princes of Déols.
Then, the fief fell to Chauvigny lords, in the 13th century. It was rebuilt in the 15th century then it fell by heritage to Maillé de La Tour Landry family. In the beginning of the 17th century, they altered façades and refit out the apartments.
Several owners succeeded one another: Penthièvre family in the 16th century, Nicolaÿ in 1680, Saint-May in 1680, Brécy in 1715... But in the beginning of the 19th century, count of Chabrillan destroyed roofs: aww, what a mess!
In fact, French government wanted to put sick persons suffering from typhus in the castle!
Our count didn’t want to: inhabitants could get this terrible disease! That was why he destroyed roof in order to transform Saint-Chartier into an uninhabitable place!