Located between the Loire and the Cher valleys, the Château du Moulin (literally, windmill castle) is a monument partaking of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Nestled between woods and prairies, in the heart of Sologne, the castle’s pink brick towers and slate roofs are mirrored in the water of its moats. This intimate family castle comes into view only at the last moment, at the end of an alley bordered with hundred-year-old trees.

The “Moulin” castle  was built between 1480 and 1502 according to the plans of the court’s master bricklayer,  Jacques de Persigny, for Philippe du Moulin, a career soldier close to King Charles VIII, whose life he saved during the battle of Fornoue in Italy. This feat earned him the recognition of the king, who knighted him on the battlefield. As its construction overlapped two different period in history, the “pearl of  Sologne” is at once a fortified Middle Ages castle and a Renaissance seigneurial residence. Its many pleasing features include moats, arbalesters, machicolations, donjon, mullioned windows and ornamental conches.

After having remained the property of the descendants of Philippe du Moulin until the early 20th century, the château was acquired by Marcel Compaignon de Marchéville who, along with his son Louis, conducted major restoration over fourteen years. Modern comforts of the time – bathroom, central heating, telephone… – were set up in the château. Furniture, tapestries and carefully chosen upholstery enhance the charm of a family house that has been open for visits since 1953.

The Château du Moulin now hosts a strawberry conservatory and invites you to discover nectarous fruit in the strawberry museum, which is located in the ancient stables. No less than forty varieties of strawberries, past and present, may be seen in the 2.5-acre vegetable garden.

Photo gallery of Château du Moulin

Visits

  • Average duration of the individual visit : 01h00
  • Average duration of the group visit : 01h00
  • Available languages
    • Panneaux : French, English
    • Parlées : French, English

Activities

  • Conferences

Opening time

From March 30 to September 30, 2019
Monday10 AM - 12:30 PM and 02 PM - 06:30 PM
Tuesday10 AM - 12:30 PM and 02 PM - 06:30 PM
Wenesday10 AM - 12:30 PM and 02 PM - 06:30 PM
Thursday10 AM - 12:30 PM and 02 PM - 06:30 PM
Friday10 AM - 12:30 PM and 02 PM - 06:30 PM
Saturday10 AM - 12:30 PM and 02 PM - 06:30 PM
Sunday10 AM - 12:30 PM and 02 PM - 06:30 PM

Prices

Full adult price : from € 7.00 to € 9.50

Free rate

Child rate : € 4.00

Discount rate : € 7.00

Group rate : € 8.00

Further information

Labels

  • Ambassadeur Val de Loire
    Ambassadeur Val de Loire

Payment method

  • Postal or bank cheques
  • Holiday vouchers
  • Cash
  • Paypal

Access

  • Motorway at 38 km
  • Motorway at 16 km

Services and equipments

  • Shop
  • Play area
  • Picnic area