A charming gite in the old dovecote of the castle of La Vauguyon built in the 12th century.It is built on a small hill, on the south branch of the Vienne River with a wonderful view of vineyards and Chinon Castle.
The Landlord is in residence and speaks english.
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The chateau of La Vauguyon dates back to the 13 the century, when it guarded the river crossing to the Castle of Chinon , 3 Kms away . The apartment , which sleeps six adults , is in an independent wing of the chateau , with wonderful views of Chinon from its windows. During your holidays in Chinon taste the famous red wine .
- La Vauguyon
Which in the past has also been called the “Hotel d’Orville” and “La Gaignerie”, originally came within the ancient parish of Parilly. Situated half way up the hillside, facing Chinon Castle on the opposite bank of the Vienne, it is comprised of a group of buildings of differing size and from different eras."From: Vieux logis de Touraine By André MONTOUX
The main façade, on the north side, is composed of a large building dating from the 15th century with an upper storey and roof. This is lit by high dormer windows with triangular gables decorated with hook-shaped adornments.
Examination of the roof timbers with their moulded king-posts and beams leads one to suppose that they were intended to be viewed from the large room on the upper floor. The irregular cut of the rafters seems to prove that the dormer windows were probably a later addition. It is also possible to make out traces of frescoes on the gable ends which depict, as far as one can discern, scenes of knightly jousting contests. This large room was heated by a wide fireplace with semi-cylindrical columns and a pyramid-shaped hood decorated with a coat of arms surrounded by a garland formed of eight circles. An inscription on one of the stones can easily be read: “Jacques du Breuil was born on the 22nd November, One Thousand Five Hundred and Sixty-Eight and Suzanne, his sister, on the 12th October, One Thousand Five Hundred and Seventy-One. My second son was born on the… of … 1574”.
To this principal edifice has been added a building of lesser height with two massive corbelled turrets topped by conical stonework. They surround and protect the gateway, a broken arch surmounted by a mullioned window and a dormer resting on several machicolated corbels. The gateway gives onto a corridor which in turn leads to a vast interior courtyard, on the southern side of which is a retaining wall against the land on the overhanging hillside. This wall is pierced
with galleries used as storage sheds.
Translation into English: copyright Michael BAYLISS,2002."