In Touraine, Val de Loire, the château de la cour au Berruyer was in the Middle Ages one of the four stronghold guards in the Chinon forest. It dominates the Cheillé market town, near Azay-le-Rideau.
Its defensive vocation justifies the foundation of a fortified castle in the 12th or 13th century by Philippe Berruyer, lord of the Cour Berruyer. The square construction presents several oval arrow slits and firearm holes with a guard walk at the top, still visible in the north-east corner of the main courtyard. An arched gate, with a pedestrian door, leads to the foreground and the castle.
The guard room situated over the porch is the site where Agnès Sorel, King of France Charles VII 's favourite, known for her legendary beauty, might have slept on her way.
On the ancient walls of the fortress a more comfortable house was probably erected in the 16th century, with mullioned windows. A huge square tower still exists with a stone spiral staircase remarkable by its size.
In the 16th century, important changes made the main wall slender, with the building of a five-arch gallery of Henri II's time (1519-1559)
This architectural feature gives the estate a refined look quite the opposite of its former defensive vocation.
The château de la Cour au Berruyer is also a winegrowing estate which welcomes you for visits and holiday renting in its charming manor listed as historical Monument.
- Swimming pool
Open: 15 april - 15 october
15th century manor, listed as historical Monument.
Located in the foreground, close to the castle, it stands between two gables.
Two mullioned windows one over the other, are topped by a pediment dormer window.
The pillars around them have the typical Renaissance decor of François 1er's time: volute capitals and cherub heads, man and woman chests, triangles decorated with leaves and flowers.
The Manor has a main room with a big stone fireplace of the 15th century, a guest room also with a stone fireplace and two other bedrooms, all with bathrooms.
A kitchen and a dining room occupy the back wing.
- 3 bedrooms
- 120 square meter
: 15/10 au 15/4
- Per week : nous consulter
: 15/4 au 15/6 et 15/9 au 15/10
- Per week : 1 300 €
: 15/6 au 15/9
- Per week : 1 800 €
The vineyards and the production
The SAS ( simplified joint-company) Château de la Cour au Berruyer exploits a 10 ha vineyard mainly located on the hillsides of the Cheillé village, near Azay-le-Rideau.
The estate produces white wines, elegant and pure, of Touraine-Azay-le-Rideau appellation, from Chenin blanc, and red and rosé wines, from Grolleau and white Cabernet vines.
The vines are grown respecting the soil, according to the principles of organic agriculture ; the grape picking is by hand.
Our wines are sold on site and on our online shop.
Découverte du vignoble
From 2016-04-15 10:00 to 2016-10-31 18:00
Le vignoble de dix ha est situé sur les coteaux du village de Cheillé, dominant l'Indre, une parcelle de deux ha est situé à Saché.
Vins du Château de la Cour, AOC Touraine-Azay le Rideau, Chenin blanc et Grolleau rosé, AOC Touraine, Cabernet franc.
Découverte du vignoble sur demande
Visite - Jardin
From 2016-07-01 10:00 to 2016-09-30 18:00
Accès aux parties de la propriété qui offrent un intérêt artistique, Manoir classé MH, avant-cour et châtelet, cour d’honneur du château et jardins.
Plusieurs jardins entourent le château et ont été créés ou restaurés ces dernières années.
Vous flânerez dans le jardin à la française, le jardin d'Alexandre, le jardin potager, le jardin des Oliviers.
Ouverture en juillet et septembre, en semaine uniquement, de 10h à 12h et 14h-18h
RatesRegular rate : 5 €
Reduced rate : 8 € pour les familles
Youth rate : -12 ans : gratuit
Group rate : 20 € pour groupe de 5 à 10 pers ; 30 € au delà
- Nearby city: Azay-le-Rideau (5 km)
- Nearby city: Chinon (19 km)
- Distance from Paris: from 120 to 180 miles
- Nearby airport: Tours (31 km)
- Nearby station: Langeais via Saint-Pierre-des-Corps (14 km)