Hôtel Ecu de France à Malesherbes
Hôtel Écu de France
10, place du Martroy - 45330 Malesherbes
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Malesherbes Château

3 minutes’ walk from the hotel

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During your stay at our hotel, take the time to visit Malesherbes Château. Today, it is privately owned, but is open to the public in July and August, from Monday to Friday, 10 am to 4 pm. While you’re there, admire the long, pedestrian alley that runs through the 100 hectare wooded park and leads to the vast château courtyard.  This courtyard has a façade of bricks and stone in the purest Fontainebleau School tradition.

Also notice, on the wings, three of the four round towers from the old Medieval château. In the cour des dépendances (outbuildings courtyard), several buildings deserve your attention. The most impressive is, without doubt, the Grange aux Dîmes, an old 14th century barn built on four levels supported by wooden pillars. A little further back you will spy the maison de Chateaubriand (Chateaubriand’s house), a charming pavilion, the 15th century chapel, designed in an extravagant Gothic style, and one of the largest dovecotes in the Loiret region, or even France, with space for 8,000 birds.

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The story of the Château

The greatest French families

Built between 1720 and 1724 by Pierre Vigné de Vigny, the current building was built on the site of a Medieval château, some elements of which were preserved. The old château was built in the 14th century and was the home of Jean de Montagu, superintendent of finances to Charles VI. A few centuries later, in 1718, it was sold to Guillaume de Lamoignon de Blancmesnil, father to the famous Malesherbes. More recently, it was owned by a hotel chain, before being purchased, in 2007, by a private buyer.

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Monsieur de Malesherbes

Chrétien Guillaume de Lamoignon

Chrétien Guillaume de Lamoignon de Malesherbes, better known as Monsieur de Malesherbes, is without doubt the town’s most famous historical character. A magistrate, botanist and geographer, he occupied the position of Minister of the King’s House under Louis XVI. Tolerant and true to his convictions, he authorised the publication of Diderot and D’Alembert’s Encyclopaedia, and defended Louis XVI in 1792 and 1793, at his trial. A few months later, he was arrested in his château in Malesherbes, and guillotined in Paris alongside his entire family.

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