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Château de la Chevallerie
the South of the Vendée on the southern edge of the Lucon-Fontenay
Plaine lies the Château de la Chevallerie. It has occupied this spot for
over one thousand years, having originally been an encampment of a
tribe of Pictons hidden amongst the tree cover land. Later during the
X11 century it came under the "Order of Templiers" and was given the
During the Hundred Years War the property was sometimes occupied by the
French and sometimes by the English. La Chavallerie was finally seized
by Pierre Boschet, l'Hotel du President du Paris, guard of the
seals-minister of King Charles V at the end of the X1V century. It was
sold a century later to the Foucher family and then in 1515 passed to
Francoise de Marconnay and then through successive generations during
the XV1 century.
It suffered badly during the Wars of Religion being acquired by the
Seigneur Venant Babin in 1705 then passed on to his son in 1725. It was
at this time that the Hostel Noble was constructed which is what we see
today. After the Revolution the property was sold by the Empire and was
bought by Henry Ranfray de la Bajonniere and under the ownership of his
family was systematically dismantled and used as a granary. In 1875 the
vast estate was sold off in 25 lots and it was not until its present
owner bought it in 2004 that the restoration started.
The Château is unique in that the two court yards are perfectly
symmetrical and there is a balance and grace to the whole layout.
Today you can visit this unique site and tour the exterior and some of
the buildings. It is open from July to the 5th September and Journées du Patrimoine on the third weekend in September. The entrance fee is €4.
Photo Gallery of the Chateau de la Chevallerie
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