Learn more about the history of the Moulin de Francueil near Amboise
Discover the secrets of the history of the Moulin de Francueil near Chenonceau and Amboise. Lovers of the place, your hosts tell you how the building has gone through the ages. It was in turn a watermill, then owned by the family of the writer George Sand, before being converted into a charming gîte for the pleasure of travelers looking for accommodation with character. Your bed and breakfast near Amboise has not finished surprising you.
An old watermill transformed into a mansion
Would you like to know more about the history of the Moulin de Francueil near Chenonceau and Amboise? Discover the secrets of this luxurious building. The first references to the estate on which the gîte is currently located date back to the year 1612, when the building appears in the official French registers, under the name of “Lieu-dit du Moulin Neuf”. The structure was probably supplied with water by the stream from the pond of Brosse, near Bléré. On January 25, 1754, Madame Dupin, a renowned woman of spirit of the Age of Enlightenment, bought the premises from the parish priest of Francueil. This committed woman is none other than the great-grandmother of the illustrious writer George Sand, whose birth name was Amantine Aurore Lucile Dupin de Francueil. In 1842, the old mill near Montrichard Val de Cher was transformed into a dwelling and the construction of the manor as you know it today began. Around 1900, the tower was built as well as the two upper floors.
According to oral sources, the mechanism of the wheel of the old mill would have been dismantled around 1960. Today, the building consists of 5 bays on 2 floors, including an attic floor, and is flanked by a square tower to the west. This houses a spiral staircase and an old water tank, which was probably used to supply the house with running water. There are many neo-Renaissance motifs carved on the doors on the ground floor of the tower. The walls of the exterior facade are made of plastered limestone and the roofs are covered with slate. In 2020, your current hosts will take over the carefully converted premises into a hotel establishment in order to continue writing the centuries-old history of the Moulin de Francueil. To discover the other historical treasures of the region, do not hesitate to take a look at the activities to do in the area and Contact the Moulin de Francueil to book your bed and breakfast near Chenonceau
To stay in this little jewel of 19th century architecture, contact the Moulin de Francueil, your charming guest house in the Loire Valley.