On the banks of the tranquil waters of the Aigronne, overlooking the old mill, the Château de Ré awaits you in the middle of its 4 hectare park.
According to Abbé Bosseboeuf, historiographer of the Tours diocese from 1894 to 1928, the Château de Ré - formerly Château de Ray - was built around 1510 by Christophe de Couché. The last lord of this former feudal estate, which was part of the Sainte Julitte castellany, was Eusèbe Félix Chaspoux, Count of Loches and grand cupbearer of France.
Today, the visitor passes through the imposing entrance gate before discovering this beautiful seigneurial residence, built entirely of ashlar. On the north side, a polygonal tower, which contains the impressive staircase leading to the upper floors, forms the axis of symmetry of a high façade with rigorous lines. A small gothic door at the foot of the tower leads into a vast entrance hall with access to the lounge and library, where Philippe and Catherine Héran, the owners of the property, will welcome you on arrival.
But before discovering the interior layout further, let's go outside for a moment to look around the residence...
To the east, the castle is backed by two buttresses topped by a stone cone which dominate a vast gently sloping lawn bordered by age-old trees. The foliage shelters a stone bench that invites you to read or meditate.
Unless you prefer to continue your walk around the pond, whose waters are home to enormous "koi" carp... Amateurs can fish there in season, while enjoying the view of the 18th century part of the house, with its romantic and laughing aspect.
From the terrace overlooking the pond and the old mill with its bamboo grove, a small stone staircase leads to a garden which has been converted into a summer dining room and a children's play area.
On this side, the outbuildings, arranged in an L shape on either side of the entrance gate, house a gite and the pool house.
The large heated swimming pool is located in a part of the park that is entirely fenced in and well exposed to the sun. It is invisible from the castle, but easily accessible via the pool house. It is one of the many amenities of the Château de Ré.