|Portrait of a couple waiting for lunch by Lynn Dosch|
Cheverny and Chaumont are the farthest afield for us (more than 2 hours drive) and therefore nearer Paris than others we've wandered. Caravaning in two cars, lunches packed, we set out early (for us), heading our usual easterly direction.
The lifestyles of the rich and famous continues to modern times and Cheverny offers twice-weekly opportunities to hunt with their pack of 70 hounds. We didn't look into how one might do that, as I expect our horsemanship wouldn't hold up to a hunt.
|It's a good life here at Cheverny|
|Lounging in the sun after the morning meal|
Supporting the estate is a large farm managing the lawns, shrubs, flowers and vegetable gardens needed to feed the family and awe the visitor.
|Barns at Cheverny. The silo-looking building is called a "fuye" or dovecote. Today it is a water tower providing water for the gardens.|
|Barns at Cheverny|
The château itself is a 17th century example of pure classical style, sporting symmetry and understated elegance for a country home.
|A young couple with pure classical style and understated elegance. They could easily be the owners of this estate. Oui? Non?|
|Side view of Cheverny|
|To the right of the main entrance is a hallway with the dining room behind it. You can see from the front to the back of the house through the doorways. with Christie Dosch|
|decorated window shutter|
The dining room has elegantly carved oak sideboards.
|sideboard in dining room|
|Christie and Alex in the dining room with the rope - oh, wait, we're not playing Clue?|
Scenes from Don Quixote are painted on the wood paneling.
|Scene painted on wood paneling.|
A huge gilded fireplace at one end could warm the room which could accommodate 30 dinner guests.
|Dining room fireplace|
After mounting the large stone staircase with straight rise and landings (rather than the medieval circular stairs in a tower), we entered the private apartments (on the left side of the building looking from the front). Like the dining room, there is a hallway at the front of the building with rooms opening off the hallway.
The Birth chamber is where mothers would present their new-born babies. Wouldn't you love to have this mahogany cradle in your family?
|Birth Chamber with mahogany cradle|
The nursery showed toys the children of the family would have played with. But the Lego dogs? That seems a bit out of place in this period decor. But they are cute replicas of the estates hunting dogs.
|The hounds of Cheverny - created in Legos|
|Bridal dress worn in 1994|
At the end of the hall, where the château is deceptively wider, there are two rooms from front to back. One is a small family dining room for more intimate meals.
|Family dining room - I'm not too sure about the deer head center piece|
Crossing the center hallway, we entered the arms room where swords and lances and spears fill the walls. Suits of armor, travel trunks and an 18th century sedan chair complete the room's decoration. I expect this room, the largest in the château, was created to impress. I was more impressed by the dining room.
|The sedan chair in the arms room|
From the arms room, we entered into a very dark but sumptuously decorated Kings bedchamber. Remember that the gentry had to have a room available should the King of France stop by for a visit, In most cases, the king never visited. I wonder if they used the rooms themselves....
|The king's bed - entire room is hung with tapestries - made to impress and to keep out the drafts|
|Fireplace in the King's Bedchamber|
|Paintings on the ceiling of the King's bedchamber|
|Oratory for prayers - you kneel before the carving of Christ on the cross - in the King's bedchamber|
Going up one more flight of stairs brings us to the chapel of the house, under the eaves of the central roof.
Back down the stairs, we visit the formal reception rooms on the left side of the main floor. Entering the vestibule, we see another Lego masterpiece - this time a replica of Cheverny château.
Outside, most tour the gardens but I choose to knit on a bench next to a soothing fountain and garden shrubs. Most pleasant.
|This is where I sat while the others explored the grounds. So peaceful here.|
|The rear of the château seen through the wisteria|
We meet up again at some benches near the front of the house to eat our lunch and take photos with the large frame set up for our photo pleasure.
A quick check on the dogs in their kennels and the kitchen gardens and hunt room and we're off to our next château - Chaumont.