The castle of Meslay was built for Jean François de la Porte (50-year-old farmer-general and close to the Cardinal of Fleury) during a giant construction project from 1732 to 1735: demolition of the old castle (where Henri IV stayed during the siege of Vendôme in 1589), removal of the village, and creation of a cotton factory sold in Paris and Versailles.
Enter on the intimity of a prestigious family: a guided tour will show you the magnificent reception rooms with exceptional furniture and paintings exclusively of family origin, a rare gnomon (solar calendar) encrusted on a unique parquet floor in Europe, and the hologram of the old castle.
You will also see an exceptional set of vaulted basement kitchens with over a thousand objects from the family collection.
Movies, videos, sound files will punctuate your visit.
A free tour of the outbuildings will allow you to see a complete dovecote, a press with a magnificent apple “piloir” of the seventeenth century, a family collection of horse-drawn cars signed by the greatest coachbuilders of the time, a saddlery with harnesses, saddles, saddle carpets …
A walk on the terrace will make you enjoy the magnificent site, with an exceptional view of the corridor.