By admin ~ February 12th, 2010. Filed under: Famous Chateau.

A château or plural form châteaux is a manor house or residence of the lord of the manor or a country house of nobility or gentry, with or without fortifications, originally—and still most frequently—in French-speaking regions. Where clarification is needed, a fortified château (that is, a castle) is called a château fort, such as Château fort de Roquetaillade. Care should be taken when translating the word château into English. It is not used in the same way as “castle”, and most châteaux are described in English as “palaces” or “country houses” rather than “castles”. For example, the Château de Versailles is so called because it was located in the countryside when it was built, but it does not bear any resemblance to a castle, so it is usually known in English as the Palace of Versailles.

Czech Châteaux

By admin ~ February 12th, 2010. Filed under: Czech Châteaux.

The Czech Republic, like much of Eastern Europe, is renowned for picturesque chateaux and castles.The Vranov Chateau is a magnificent castle which began life as a boundary lookout back around 1100. The core of the castle is Gothic and was built in the fourteenth century, but most of the building is seventeenth century baroque, starting in 1687. Only at the end of the eighteenth century was the main structure of the castle completed, when the southern and western wings were built, and the inside was furnished with a classicist touch. Troja Chateau, with its bright terra-cotta-colored facade, is located in Prague near Prague’s zoo. Built in the 17th century in an Italian style, Troja Chateau now houses Czech art pieces from the 19th century.

French Châteaux

By admin ~ February 12th, 2010. Filed under: French Châteaux.

The Loire Valley (Vallée de la Loire) is home to more than 300 châteaux. They were built between the 10th and 20th centuries, firstly by the French kings followed soon thereafter by the nobility; hence, the Valley is termed “The Valley of the Kings”. Alternatively, due to its moderate climate, wine growing soils and rich agricultural land, the Loire Valley is referred to as “The Garden of France”. The châteaux range from the very large (often now in public hands) to more ‘human-scale’ châteaux such as the Château de Beaulieu in Saumur which is built of the local tuffeau stone.


The Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte is simililary a baroque French chateau located in Maincy, near Melun, 55 km southeast of Paris in the Seine-et-Marne département of France. It was built from 1658 to 1661 for Nicolas Fouquet, Marquis de Belle-Isle (Belle-Ile-en-Mer), Viscount of Melun and Vaux, the superintendent of finances of Louis XIV.


Built by Jules Hardouin-Mansart, 1675-1683 for the duc de Chevreuse, Colbert’s son-in-law, is a French Baroque château of manageable size. Protected behind fine wrought iron double gates, the main block and its outbuildings (corps de logis), linked by balustrades, are ranged symmetrically around a dry paved and gravelled cour d’honneur. Behind, the central axis is extended between the former parterres, now mown hay. The park with formally shaped water was laid out by André Le Notre. There are sumptuous interiors. The small scale (compared to Vaux-le-Vicomte for example) makes it easier to compare it to the approximately contemporary Het Loo, for William III of Orange. These really are “Mansart roofs.”

Bordeaux “Chateau”

By admin ~ February 12th, 2010. Filed under: Famous Chateau.

There are many estates with true châteaux on them in Bordeaux, but it is customary for any wine-producing estate, no matter how humble, to prefix its name with “Château”. This is true whether the building itself is a magnificent palace or a shack. If there were any trace of doubt that the Roman villas of Aquitaine evolved into fortified self-contained châteaux, the wine-producing châteaux would dispel it. On the other hand there are many beautiful châteaux in the Bordeaux region still depicting this Roman villa style of architecture, an example of this being Château Lagorce in Haux.

Chateau Impney

By admin ~ February 12th, 2010. Filed under: Famous Chateau.

Chateau Impney is an imposing 19th century house built in the style of an elaborate French chateau near Droitwich Spa in Worcestershire, England. It is one of the large mansions in Worcestershire supported by industrial fortunes. It was designed from 1869 onwards and built in 1873-75[2] for local industrialist the saltworks magnate John Corbett in the style of a Louis XIII chateau, for Corbett’s wife, Hannah Eliza O’Meara,