Chateau Gaillard was built by King Charles VIII on his return from the first Italian campaign. In order for him to be able to recreate ‘a paradise on earth’ in Amboise such as he had seen in the Kingdom of Naples at the Royal Palace of Poggio Reale, he brought back 22 Italian artists with him.
Dom Pacello, horticultural architect to 3 kings of France, planted the first orange trees here and created the ‘Reine Claude’ greengage fruit which he dedicated to the queen, wife of King Francis I.
This hidden treasure, forgotten for decades and recently restored, should most definitely be explored
Chateau of Villesavin
King Francis I nominated his friend Jean Le Breton governor of works and finances at the Chateau of Chambord. In 1520, in order to help in his tasks, the king gave him some land at Villesavin and a workforce to build a chateau. This soon became known as ‘the cabin on the Chambord building site’ and although there is a difference of 100 years between the two of them the Chateau de Villesavin is reminiscent of that of the Grotteaux.
Situated near the Chateau of Chambord, it is the ideal destination for a bicycle ride.