Meslay castle

Meslay castle was built by Jean François de la Porte in 1732 according to the architect Jules Michel Hardouin’s plans,  the nephew of the famous Hardouin Mansart. Close to Cardinal de  Fleury, he was « fermier general » for 50 years. He moved the village and created a cotton manufacture famous as far as to Versailles Court . The King Henri IV stayed here (ancient castle)  in 1589 during the siege of Vendome ( Religion Wars). Do enter into the intimacy of a prestigious family having been living here for 11 generations : « fermiers généraux, intendants, conseillers d’Etat, Préfet de Police » under Charles X, and mainly discover the incredible story of a  a young lady, Anne Louise Félicité, who saved Meslay castle and her family during the Revolution. Visit the impressive kitchens (400 square meters in the cellars) and the reception rooms with nice XVIII th and XIX th century fourniture.