As you approach the Loire Valley town of Saumur you can't
fail to see its dominant chateau perched high on the skyline
as if protecting its residents below.
from the 14th century but it was in the 15th
that it was made into a comfortable residence by Duke Rene
d’ Anjou. During its long history it has been the governor’s
house, a jail before the town purchased it in 1906 to
restore and turn it into the tourist attraction it is today.
The former royal apartments now house two museums – ‘Musee
des Arts Decoratifs’ and
Cheval’. The first houses European china and tapestries with
the second located in the attic of the chateau being
dedicated to equestrian pursuits where you are taken into a
world of saddlery from across
the world – all lovingly worked.
From its lofty position you have
great views of the town and river -- it is worth parking
riverside and hiking up the hill to appreciate this as well
as the chateau itself.