René Grandhomme de Gizeux
The King’s Secretary instigated the embellishments to the château in the 18th century.
Ambitious new owners
In 1723, on the death of Anne de Frézeau’s son, René Grandhomme, newly ennobled by his position as Secretary to the King, bought Gizeux after making a fortune on the island of Santo Domingo..
His son, Simon-René Grandhomme de Gizeux, Master of Ceremonies at the Court, extended the residence with the construction of the large service quarters in 1741.
With its large stables that could accommodate up to 17 horses, Simon-René made Gizeux a major hunting centre, which was a good way for him to become part of the local nobility and make some fine marital alliances.
Comfort and privacy
At the initiative of this fashion-conscious family, the main building underwent major transformations, to reflect changing lifestyles. There’s more attention paid to comfort and privacy.
The ground floor, which was initially used for “services”, was transformed into small lounges where parquet flooring replaced the paving and wood panelling adorned the walls. Beautiful marquetry and Louis XV chairs create an elegant furnishing, which has been classified as a Historic Monument in situ.
At that time, the castle took on the appearance we know today, which you can admire on your visit.
© Château de Gizeux 37340 Gizeux
Photos : P Ginault, JL Garnier, ADT Touraine JC Coutant