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The Château d'Alogny is a romantic hilltop castle. A historic private home, it stands just south of the Loire Valley between the historic cities of Tours and Poitiers.

Alogny commands outstanding views across the surrounding countryside. It is surrounded by intriguing gardens and terraces, and has a large, private swimming pool.

Originally built in the Eleventh Century, the castle retains its mediaeval ambiance without compromising comfort. Alogny's massive beams and ancient stone walls reflect its long history. The Château is available for rent throughout the year, for vacations, and exclusive use.

Location
History
Region & Activities
Accommodation
Staying at the Château

Location of the Château d’Alogny

 

The Château d’Alogny lies just south of the Loire Valley between the great historic cities of Tours and Poitiers. It is located on the D5 midway (five kilometers) between the town of La Roche Posay, and the village of Lésigny-sur-Creuse.

For almost a thousand years the Château d’Alogny has dominated the valley of the river Creuse, where the historic Touraine and Poitou regions meet. Standing on a wooded bluff overlooking the river, it enjoys breathtaking panoramic views across the surrounding landscape.

The nearest large town, Chatellerault, is a 20-minute drive away, and can be reached by TGV (high-speed train) from Paris (Montparnasse) in an hour and twenty minutes. There is also TGV service to Poitiers direct from the airport (CDG).

RyanAir has regular flights between London (Stansted) and Poitiers (Biard), often at low fares.

Rental cars are available in Chatellerault, Poitiers and at the airport.

For your GPS or SatNav: N. 46º 49.3039: E. 000º 48.1540

The Château lies in beautiful, tranquil countryside an hour’s drive from the magnificent châteaux of the Loire Valley. Many attractions are to be found within easy distance. The healing waters of La Roche Posay, a 3 km bike ride from Alogny, have drawn visitors since Roman times. In addition to specific therapies, guests can indulge themselves in a variety of massage and other luxurious spa treatments.

the Château d’Alogny

 

the Château d’Alogny from the gardens

 

 


Address:
Château d’Alogny
Lésigny-sur-Creuse 86270 .
France

Contact

Website: http://www.alogny.com
e-mail: info@alogny.com

 

 

Google Maps

 

Small scale map showing the location of
Château d’Alogny

Google map showing the location of
Château d’Alogny

Large scale map showing
Château d’Alogny

History of the Château d’Alogny

 

On the lawn in front of the château, a great megalithic standing stone or menhir provides testimony to the fact that this has been revered as a sacred site for more than ten thousand years.

The existing buildings incorporate part of an older castle from the time of William the Conqueror in the Eleventh Century.

Graffiti scratched into the stonework long ago by children include representations of ladies in medieval costume, as well as signatures and dates in renaissance lettering.

At one time the Château d’Alogny was larger than it is today, and is believed to have possessed four towers. The present buildings show evidence of this former glory. The cellars, with their rounded Norman arches, remain from the earliest period. A new wing, with its large Renaissance window and fine fireplace, was added in the Sixteenth Century.

As a consequence of William of Normandy's conquest of Britain in 1066, succeeding English Angevin monarchs were heirs to extensive fiefs on the continent as Counts of Poitou. They were troublesome vassals of the Kings of France, and after King John was dispossessed intermittent warfare between English and French continued for many centuries.

Most notable was the Hundred Years War (1337-1453) when England's Plantagenet kings challenged the Capetian monarchs of France in a series of bloody engagements. The claims of the English crown were not unfounded. Edward II had married the daughter of Phillip IV of France. His son, Edward III, had a strong claim to the French crown after Phillip IV's son died without a male hier in 1328, but the French nobles, citing the Salic law, refused to accept his inheritance through the female line.

The Hundred Years War resounds with famous names such as Crécy and Agincourt. In 1356 the Black Prince, son of Edward III, scored a notable victory over John II of France at the battle of Poitiers - barely 50 km south of Alogny. This led, in 1360, to the Peace of Brétigny in which Aquitaine passed once again to the English, and left thousands of unemployed soldiers ravaging the French countryside.

Political instability resulted in extensive châteaux construction and expansion throughout the region. As a safeguard, many nobles built underground escape tunnels, often linked to neighboring castles. The Lords of Alogny were apparently no exception, evidence of such souterrains having been discovered close by.

The château shared its name with one of the great noble families of the Poitou, whose members held high office under France's most illustrious kings. In 1249 the Count d'Alogny accompanied Louis IX (Saint Louis) on the sixth crusade.

In the Fifteenth century the château was home to Gallehaut d’Alogny, Chamberlain to King Louis XI (1423-1483), and in the seventeenth to Charles-Henri d’Alogny, Marquis de la Groix, a leading figure in the French colonization of Canada.

Alogny was furnished with a moat and drawbridge before the French Revolution.

Alogny's buildings today date mainly from the Fourteenth to Sixteenth Centuries, and include what was originally a small chapel, with a sealed crypt beneath.

the Château d’Alogny - Great Room

 

the Château d’Alogny

 

the Château d’Alogny - Romanesque Arch in the Cellars

 

the Château d’Alogny

 

The Region & Local Activities

 

The local town, La Roche Posay, has narrow, winding streets. The ancient donjon there has recently been restored and may soon become a museum. La Roche Posay also possesses a famous casino, a golf course, an equestrian centre and a racetrack, in addition to all regular shops and facilities. Bike rentals are available at the tourist office in La Grand Pressigny (10Km).

Walkers, cyclists, horse-back riders and naturalists enjoy the network of ancient trails and footpaths that weave through the surrounding woods and fields. Local rivers provide delight to swimmers, kyakers and canoists. Near Lathus-St-Remy on the Gartempe is the Porte d’Enfer olympic-class white-water canoe course.

Rock climbing is popular on the limestone cliffs bordering the Gartempe near Mérigny. For naturalists, and especially bird-watchers, the huge Brenne Regional Park, with its profusion of wildlife, is a special attraction, as is the famous Marais Poitevin or “Green Venice”. Located near the attractive Atlantic seaport of La Rochelle, one can rent a boat to explore this network of ancient canals that permeate the marshes.

Villages, hamlets and farms that dot the landscape are filled with unexpected architectural delights. Throughout the summer months there are concerts, recitals, and art exhibitions, together with village fêtes and firework displays. The fireworks at Angles-sur-l'Anglin on the first Sunday in August are exceptionally impressive.

Among the many historic and architectural gems of the region are the great châteaux of the Loire Valley, about an hour’s drive to the north. These include Chenonceau, Chambord, Azay-le-Rideau and Amboise. Also at Amboise is the Manoir du Clos-Lucé, the final home of Leonardo de Vinci, which houses a remarkable collection of mechanical models based on his drawings. The area is ideal for writers and artists.

Caves that permeate the limestone cliffs along our river valleys show evidence of human occupation dating back more than 30,000 years. Most striking are the bas-relief figures discovered in the Abri du Roc-aux-Sorciers near Angles-sur-l’Anglin. Dating from the end of the last Ice Age these are comparable in importance to the cave paintings at Lascaux. They are not accessible to the public, but as at Lascaux, a facsimile museum has been constructed nearby in the village.

Alogny has its our own prehistoric monument. Standing on the lawn in front of the château, a giant prehistoric megalith or menhir. The menhir’s significance remains shrouded in mystery, and we can only guess at what scenes and ceremonies it may have witnessed over the course of its long history.

The nearby château at Le Grand Pressigny houses a fine museum of prehistory. The abbey of St. Savin, and nearby village church at Antigny, possess some of the finest mediaeval frescos in Europe.

In the great Merovingian necropolis at Civaux, hundreds of giant stone coffins litter the ground. These date from the famous battle in which Clovis, King of the Franks, defeated the Visigoth warriors of Alaric in 508 AD.

The new, well-designed museum at Civaux provides an excellent introduction to the pre- and early history of the region. Included are unusual children's toys and exceptional early representations of the human figure, together with bears, mammoths, bison and other animals.

In the cliffs above St. Remy, a short distance downstream from Alogny near Descartes, the extensive troglodyte village includes many dwellings that are still occupied.

Angles-sur-l’Anglin, with its striking ruined cliff-top château, is widely acknowledged as one of the most beautiful villages in France, and attracts many artists. Monks at the ancient Benedictine abbey of Fontgombault are renowned for their daily services, which are accompanied by powerful Gregorian chant.

Less than an hour away from Alogny, near the historic city of Poitiers, is Futuroscope, the extremely popular theme park devoted to the moving image, in which the latest film and computer-graphics technologies may be experienced. Futuroscope is part of the engineering department of the university of Poitiers.

Château d’Alogny provides a focus of gastronomic excellence. There are restaurants of exceptional quality (and modest price) within easy distance. Unquestionably the best restaurant in the area is Restaurant Christophe Cadieu just off the square at Saint Savin. Chez Gautier in Chatellerault (great for artisan's lunch) and Leigné-les-Bois (only open on weekends), regularly attracts visitors who come to dine from Paris, as does La Promenade (Jacky Dallais). Not far behind is La Promenade in Yzeures, owned by Geneviève Bussereau, one of France’s foremost women chefs. There are outstanding village inns in the neighborhood that serve excellent 'family style' meals. Local wines abound. The nearby Château de Ris in Bossay-sur-Claise, for example, produces wines of outstanding quality and value.

Weekly markets in nearby towns offer an endless profusion of tempting delicacies, including local wines, cheeses and pâtés, together with a wealth of fresh fruits, vegetables and seafood. The region is particularly renowned for its profusion of goat cheeses.

The most important local markets are in La Roche Posay (Tuesday), Chatellerault (Thursday), Saint Savin (Friday), Chauvigny (Saturday) and Le Blanc (Saturday)

Information about spa treatments and local events in the region can be found at the the Tourist Office in the town square at La Roche Posay.

Alogny is located near the attractive spa town of La Roche Posay, which has been famous since Roman times for the healing properties of its medicinal waters. These waters are still valued today and our visitors can enjoy luxurious bathing, massages, facials, and other indulgent therapeutic treatments. La Roche Posay is the home of world-famous skin care products.

Rich in history and filled with great natural beauty, this unspoiled region holds many attractions extending from the Brenne wildlife sanctuary, to the Atlantic seashore and the great châteaux of the Loire Valley.

A special treat exists for those interested in food and wine. Across the river from Alogny a new cookery school has recently opened. Run by internationally acclaimed chefs Sidney and Alison Bond, the Petit Concervatoire de la Cuisine offers a variety of meal-long, day-long and week-long classes at La Calabash in Fromenteau.

For many of our guests the wines of France are a major attraction. Our management team includes a professional sommelier who is available to guide you on day tours through the maze of local wine makers and vintages, and assist with wine purchases.

Other nearby attractions include:

  • Fêtes, concerts and weekly village markets
  • Biking and hiking
  • Boating, canoeing and fishing
  • Horse riding on forest trails
  • Hippodrome equestrian center and race track
  • 18-hole Golf course
  • Tennis courts
  • La Roche Posay Casino - "Jackpotez vous!"
  • Gourmet dining
  • Fontgombault Abbey with daily services and Gregorian chant
  • Angles-sur-l'Anglin - "the most beautiful village in France"
  • A wealth of châteaux, churches and other architectural gems
  • St. Savin Abbey: UNESCO World Heritage site with world-famous mediæval frescoes
  • Merovingian necropolis at Civaux
  • Futuroscope - park of the moving image
  • Concerts and recitals
  • Brocantes (flea marlets)

the Château d’Alogny Gardens

 

Abri du Roc-aux-Sorciers near Angles-sur-l’Anglin.
Dating from the end of the last Ice Age

 

the Château d’Alogny - Great Room

 

 

the Château d’Alogny --Small West Terrace Bedroom

 

Vicinity of the Château d’Alogny

 

Vicinity of the Château d’Alogny

 

Market near the Château d’Alogny

 

Accommodation at the Château d’Alogny

 

Nine hundred years of romantic history lie sealed within our castle walls. Its turbulent past now only a distant memory, the château d'Alogny has been lovingly restored to meet contemporary standards of comfort and convenience, without sacrificing historical integrity.

Alogny enjoys modern facilities that include a well-equipped modern kitchen and under-floor central heating. Nevertheless, it retains its medieval character, with massive stone walls, beamed ceilings and huge fireplaces in the spacious, interconnecting rooms. The four levels are united by a large stone spiral staircase within the semi-octagonal tower.

In summer, when most activity is outside, the large, secluded swimming pool (5 x 10 m.) is a natural focal spot. The views across the Creuse valley from the pool patio are spectacular. Underwater lighting enables the pool to be used at night.

There are five bedrooms, four with double beds and one with twin beds. There is an additional single bed in the tower room and two single beds in alcoves off the family room. There are four bathrooms, two en suite and one shared between two rooms.


Great Room :

A spacious, high-beamed room adjacent to the kitchen, and opening onto the garden. The massive Fourteenth Century fireplace burns continuously in cold weather, making this a natural place to gather. The Great Room, with its long refectory table, serves also as a dining room.

In summer, particularly on warm evenings, most meals are taken al fresco on the circular north patio, gathered informally around the long trestle table.

 

The Kitchen :

Well designed, and fully equipped with dishwasher, stovetop, convection oven, microwave and refrigerator, the kitchen conveniently adjoins the dining room without, in any way, distracting from the mediaeval ambiance.

 

Family Room:

This large space normally serves as a sitting room and games room. It can also provide a good area for yoga classes when needed. It contains a TV, VCR, CD, DVD for the use of guests. The Internet access is by WiFi or by ethernet cable in the family room.
The family room can also provide overflow accommodation as necessary.

 

Bath Rooms:

Alogny has four bathrooms and four toilets.
Pictured is the master bathroom which has two sinks, a shower, and a jacuzzi tub. The door gives direct access to the old moat terrace.

 

Tower Room:

A lofty room with double bed at the top of the tower, enjoying superlative views over the Val de Creuse. This room also has an additional single bed.


Master Bedroom :

A large room with double bed, dominated by a fine renaissance fireplace.

The large West window gives sweeping views across the valley and makes this a very light room. En suite bathroom (Jacuzzi & shower, separate toilet). Private access to the East terrace.


Salon Bedroom :

A magnificent twin-bedded room with fine XIVth Century fireplace. En suite bathroom (shower) and separate toilet. It enjoys fine views and has private access to the circular North Terrace.

 

Large West Terrace Bedroom :

A spacious room at the foot of the tower, with double bed. Private access to the West Terrace. A short flight of steps leads down through a curtained Norman archway to the cellar alcove, a cool, tranquil retreat in hot weather. Shared en suite bathroom (shower) & toilet.

Small West Terrace Bedroom :

An attractive room of great character, with French Windows opening onto the West Terrace. Double bed. Shared en suite bathroom.

 

While keeping its ancient charm, the castle is comfortable and welcoming, enjoying modern amenities. These include:

  • Attractive gardens, with secluded arbours and dramatic views
  • Large open log fireplace
  • Underfloor central heating
  • Linen & towels provided
  • WiFi broadband internet access
  • Fully-equipped modern kitchen
  • Washing machine & Dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Jacuzzi bath
  • Large private, illuminated pool with solar heating
  • Terrace Barbecue
  • Digital satellite Televison (including UK channels)
  • VCR & DVD
  • Catering service by arrangement
  • Bilingual assistance available

the arms of the Alogny family

 
 

the Château d’Alogny

 

the Château d’Alogny - Tower Room

 

the Château d’Alogny - Master Bedroom

 

the Château d’Alogny - Salon Bedroom

 

the Château d’Alogny - Large West Terrace Bedroom

 

Staying at the Château d'Alogny

 

The Château d’Alogny is available by the week for self-catering holidays, reunions, and other special gatherings. It also provides a sanctuary for those seeking comfort and serenity in which to write, paint or simply think great thoughts while relaxing by the pool. Except during the high summer season Alogny is also available for long weekend (Friday-Sunday) and mid-week (Monday-Thursday) rentals.

The Château d’Alogny provides a perfect introduction to the pleasures of French country living. As Alogny is fully furnished, you need only bring pool towels and personal items. Linen is provided. A car is strongly recommended.

Catering service is available on request. Also baby-sitting. Our resident sommelier will be pleased to escort you on tours of local vignobles.

Click on the following links for availability and contact details

 

the Château d’Alogny - Kitchen

 

 

the Château d’Alogny

 

the Château d’Alogny - Family Room

 

 

 

 

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