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The site of Saint-Loup enjoys a strategic position...

The site of Saint-Loup is placed at a strategic position where two rivers meet : the Thouet and Cébron. It lies on the border of the flat plain of Poitou and the hilly landscaped Bocage Gatinais. From the early days it was surrounded by military constructions, of which the Château constituted the northern link. Writing refer to Drogon ( XII th c.), first lord to be known.

At the end of the medieval period, influenced by the Dercé family ( from Loudun ), was built a fortress of which remain the Keep ( XII th c. ) and adjacent buildings refurbished in the Gothic revival style in the XIX th c.

The black Prince imprisoned in the famous Keep the French King John the Good ( see below ) after the battle of Poitiers in 1356. The entrance of the square tower was then protected by a portcullis. Today the Keep and adjacent  buildings have been converted into an autonomous self-contained unit with 6/7 bedrooms, sitting room, dinning-room and kitchen.

The Renaissance molded the castle to its present shape. In 1518 Artus Gouffier, the King's chamberlain, took posssession of the site. His family - whose spirit is " the research of excellence " also built the Château of Oiron located 19 miles away.

The present Château ( 1609 - 1626 ) was built by Claude and Louis : plan in the shape of an H in the honor of King Henry the IV th with wings disposed as separate entities and independent vertical roofs. The coatings were painted ( a fresco ) in false brick. A campanile tops the central Pavillon. All these elements confer to the Château the architectural style which existed at the beginning of classicism, which is called the Louis XIII style.

From then on, the domain is adorned by sumptuous gardens designed and built by the most prominent gardeners of their time. A document describes a meeting in 1631 between the Gardener of the Gouffier family Jamin, with those of the Cardinal de Richelieu and Duke de la Tremouille.

Under the old Regime, the lords of Saint-Loup keep the flag floating high over Saint-Loup : in 1645, Nicolas Lepage, the King's treasurer, then in the beginning of the XVIII th c. ( 1708 , Jacques de Boyer de la Boissiere, Receiver General of Brittany's finances. The latter's son Jean - Baptiste gives a new glimmer to the site thanks to the new works he undertakes.

In 1767 the Château is sold to Jean Haran de Borda, fermier Général, who bequeaths it in 1772 to his nephew Jean  d'Abbadie, an important magistrate. The Château remained the property of the d'Abbadie family until 1894.


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