When you think about the Châteaux de la Loire you will most likely think of the grand Château de Chambord or the ladies château of Chenonceau. Whilst these popular castles are certainly spectacular and a must visit there are plenty of other castles that are worth a visit !
We planned a weekend to explore the Sologne, a region in north-central France which extends over the Loiret, Loire-et-Cher and Cher departments. We chose this area as there is a large forest and being autumn we were eager to see some colours. On our way from Paris we stopped at the beautiful Château de Sully-sur-Loire which is the eastern most castle which is included as part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site that is the Châteaux de la Loire.First mentions of the Château de Sully-sur-Loire were in 1102. Over the centuries it has belonged to the first Lords of Sully, the Trémouille family and the Béthune family. Joan of Arc passed through here on her way to Reims. Louis XIV sought refuge in the castle in 1652 during the civil wars, La Fronde. The château saw much damage during the Second World War. Since 1962 the castle has been owned by the Loiret Local Council.Inside the château you will find copies of the tapestries ‘La Fable de Psyché’ which were 26 tapestries commissioned by François 1 around 1540 but have now disappeared. The versions we get to see in Sully are some of the few copies left. There is a great virtual tour on the Sully-sur-Loire website and you can see the tapestries up close here