Castles in Central France

French Castles in Indre

The Indre area :

The department of Indre in Central France corresponds to the old province of Bas Berry. In this area the majority of castles were built during the XV century, although there are a few examples of other eras. The history of these castles is linked to the history of France and to the lives of well known personages such as César Borgia, Talleyrand, Catherine de Médici and many French Kings.

The area in itself is colourful all year round. Once you take the road South from Paris in only 2 hours you will be entering the Indre. Less glamorous than Paris and any other big French cities, l'Indre is a place that you need to visit if you want to encounter rural France. A place where traditions have survived not only in the shape of its buildings, but in everyday life!

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Chateau de Chabenet
Chateau de Chabenet
Chateau de Argy
Chateau de Argy
Chateau de Azay le Ferron
Chateau de Azay le Ferron
Chateau de Bonnu
Chateau de Bonnu
Château de Bouges
Château de Bouges
Château de Chabenet
Château de Chabenet
Chateau Guillaume
Chateau Guillaume
Forges Castle
Forges Castle
Chateau de Levroux
Chateau de Levroux

The most prestigious Chateaux in de l’Indre are:

Chateau de Argy

This Castle from the XV century has recently been restored by the Club du Vieux Manoir. The decoration is rich. You will be amazed at the engraved walls. Read more...

Chateau de Azay le Ferron

This amazing building was built from the XV to the XIX centuries. To visit this castle is very pleasant, each room has its own history and each area of the castle belongs to a different time period.

Visiting Azay le Ferron is more than seeing a castle; it is a lesson in architecture and customs in the area. Read more...

Chateau de Bonnu

Located in Cuzion, in the small village of Bonnu, this is an excellent example of a feudal castle. Built during the XIII to the XIV centuries it has undergone many restorations. To learn more about the history and architectural features of Chateau the Bonnu click here

The place is not open to the general public but we were lucky to visit one day when the current owner was there supervising restoration works and he kindly showed us inside. It is here that during the "fete de la sorcellerie" (the witchcraft festival) a witch hunt is played and the witch is taken to the top of the tower to be burned at dawn.

Chateau de Bouges.

Built around 1750. The Chateau de Bouges is particularly interesting because it has kept an inhabited appearance. Until 1967 the Chateau was kept as a private residence. Read more...

Chateau de Chabenet.

In Pont Chrétien, the chateau de Chabenet was restored during the XIX century but it has kept most of its defensive features. There is a long history attached to the castle as during the Middle ages castles had a central role in the feudal, political and military system. Read more...

Chateau Guillaume

In Lignac, this is one of the most beautiful survivors of the middle ages and feudal times. No less than 30 bedrooms, a hall of arms and a hall of guards among many other rooms.

Chateau de Forges

Located in Concremiers, this was a little fortress that it is still intact. The château was built during the XV century. Forges Castle is an architectural gem thanks to its historic authenticity and consistency of its period features. The castle comprises of a keep that is now the owner's private residence, guest accommodation and a guard room, offering a friendly welcome and a range of activities. For the official site click here

Chateau de Levroux:

There are only ruins left of this magnificent castle that belonged to Catherine de Médici.

La Rocherolle in Tendu, photo by Bastianelli
La Rocherolle in Tendu, photo by Bastianelli
 Château de Prunget.  Photo by  Bastianelli
Château de Prunget. Photo by Bastianelli
Château de Bouchet-en-Brenne
Château de Bouchet-en-Brenne
Le Petit Broutet
Le Petit Broutet

La Rocherolle in Tendu

The Chateau is isolated in the middle of the woods but because it is built on top of a rock one can see it from the road when travelling from Chateauroux to Limoges. It is a perfect example of a little fortress whose history dates back to 1433. Unfortunately, the chateau is not open to the public, so its frescos in red ochre remain the privilege of a few private guests. After a little investigation I found the only road up to the castle and tried to visit one day but I was stopped and reminded by the caretaker that this was private property.

Chateau de Prunget:

Another chateau in Tendu. This one is remarkable for the height of its donjons. Although the roof has fallen down the remainders of the building are very impressive. This is another private castle not open to the public. Still, I also tried to visit this castle but I only managed to get stung by nettles in my effort to see it closer.

Chateau the Bouchet

Located in Rosnay, 47 Km from Châteauroux, this chateau is encircled by defensive ditches. Its history goes back to the XIII century.

For the official site and information on inside or Outside visits (park and garden) click here

Chateau de Courbat

This is one of the most beautiful buildings in le Pechereau. Encircled by a large moat, one can only enter by one side, a "door" from the XIII century. The building serves as Town Hall for the village of le Pecherau.

Le Petit Broutet

This Chateau in le Pont Chretien belongs to the XV century. It is located at the boards of La Bouzanne river. The building serves as the Town Hall offices for le Pont Chretien.

Chateau de Sarzay
Chateau de Sarzay
Chateau de Valençay
Chateau de Valençay
Le château de La Prune.  Photo by Muriel Azmard
Le château de La Prune. Photo by Muriel Azmard

Chateau de Sarzay:

This is a little fortress whose origins go back to the 1300s. Of severe aspect, the construction is typical of the XIII century. Despite the time and the attacks from the enemy, the interiors are intact with its big halls and monumental fireplaces. This historical monument is open to the public only during the summer.

Chateau de Valençay:

Open to visit, this is a palace built between the XVI and the XVIII centuries. The furniture is of special interest as it is remarkable. Read more...

Chateau de Langet

Although a beautiful building built during the early XX, this castle is disliked by the locals as a lovely church and a feudal castle were destroyed to build it.

Chateau de la Prune

In Celmont, it took us a long time to find the Chateau de La Prune. Almost in ruins and abandoned behind bushes it is an ancient fortress which has managed to keep its character despite its ruined state. Henry IX used to come to this chateau where we can still see the moat and the portcullis in gothic style.

Chateau de Gargilesse:

The famous writer George Sand loved Gargilesse. Here she had a little house near the castle. An ex- fortress, the building is still imposing not only for its location but for the two towers that serve as an entrance. Nowadays, the castle is used for art exhibitions. Read more about Gargilesse...

Some French Chateaux in Central France

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A markerChateau de Valencay -
Parc & Château de Valençay, 36000 Valençay, France
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B markerChateau Guillaume -
Château Guillaume, 36370 Lignac, France
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C markerChateau de Chabenet -
Chabenet, 36800 Le Pont-Chrétien-Chabenet, France
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D markerChateau de Argy -
36500 Argy, France
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E markerBouges le chateau -
36110 Bouges-le-Château, France
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F markerLa Rocherolle, Tendu -
La Rocherolle, 36200 Tendu, France
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G markerChateau de la Petit Broutet, Le Pont-Chrétien-Chabenet -
36800 Le Pont-Chrétien-Chabenet, France
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H markerGargilesse -
Route de Gargilesse, 36200 Badecon-le-Pin, France
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I markerChateau de Sarzay -
Château de Sarzay, 36230 Sarzay, France
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Carlosweb 7 years ago from USA

My God! this hub is great. Good job.


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Princessa 7 years ago from France Author

Thanks Carlos. I must admit that it was great fun visiting this castles... I felt so at home!


Qwijebo 7 years ago

I am in need of a villa one of these days


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

Princessa, can we go see these when I come visit? They look beautiful. You did a great job.


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Princessa 7 years ago from France Author

Qwijebo: A villa, a castle, a gite... anything for someone who can bake such a delicious cake ;-)

gwendymom: Of course we can. We can even cycle to some of them, and you won't need to wax for it LOL


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

Thank goodness, I don't think riding a bike being freshly waxed is a good idea.


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Princessa 7 years ago from France Author

LOL actually it can be quite refreshing. What is not a good idea is riding a bike after all the wine drank to brave the waxing!


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

let see , hurting crotch, wine and a bike. not a good combination.


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jacobworld 7 years ago from Ireland

Very nice one - I have been to some with my company lol


Andy 7 years ago

Wow, really good information.


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fineblogger 7 years ago from London, UK

I have been to many of the castles listed here and France is one of my favorite destinations where I visit frequently...it just attracts more and more I see of...


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Princessa 7 years ago from France Author

gwendymom : LOL never mind, I am sure you'd enjoy it anyway!

jacobworld: They are lovely; aren't they?

Andy: Now you have no excuse to visit them :-)

fineblogger: France is like a good lover: the more you get, the more you want :-)


BALAI DAKU 5 years ago

I like the chateaux pictures especially Chateau de Sarzay in Berry Province. I was inspired by the story of Hurbain in restoring the castle, that I decided to built my own own version of a castle in Leyte. Like Hurbain, I built it from scratch...am still constructing the final phase of the structure...but is is already livable.


Didier Rocherolle 5 years ago

With enough advance notice and with good luck, the chateau could be seen.


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SweetiePie 3 years ago from Southern California, USA

What a beautiful collection of picture post cards. I can see why you enjoy living in France.


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Princessa 3 years ago from France Author

SweetiePie: these are just the castles around my area. If you are prepared to travel a little (2 hours aprox) you can find the castles of the Loire valley, some of the most outstanding castles in Europe.


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Princessa 3 years ago from France Author

Didier I would to visit.

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