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Château de Cheverny

Listed under Castles in Loire Valley, France.

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This château looks like a full size doll house in white, with grey sloping roofs and plenty of large windows in perfect symmetry. It was built by Henri Hurault, Comte de Cheverny, but he lost it to the crown, though a generation later his son brought it back from the King's mistress. The family was forced to sell up again during the Revolution, but again managed to buy it back twenty years later during the Restoration.

Château de Cheverny has been open to the public since 1914, and was one of the first chateaux to do so, more proof of how important it is for the family to hold on to it despite the modern costs of keeping a chateau – they still own it today.

The collection of interior decorations are as much gallery or museum pieces as they are family furniture – there's tapestries, the kinds of chairs and tables with little golden feet on them, and many objets d'art.

If it looks familiar it could be because Tintin's Marlinspike Hall is a direct copy.

Written by  Emilie Stokes.

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