Château des Vaux
Location: Pontgouin, in the Eure-et-Loir departement of France (Centre Region).
Built: 17th century.
Condition: In good condition.
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Notes: Château des Vaux is a castle located in the communities of Saint-Maurice-Saint-Germain and Pontgouin, in Eure-et-Loir. It belonged to the 6th Marquis of Aligre. Since October 1946, it hosts troubled youth the Auteuil Apprentices.In the seventeenth century, the castle of Vaux belonged to Charles Roussin. Its proportions, much smaller than today, were reduced to a single body building. A decade before the Revolution it was completed by a Desvaux in order to make a farm. But lack of funds, it could keep it and sold it to a man named Louis Dussieux shortly before 1789. After his death, his children sold it to the Marquis d'Aligre Etienne, lord of Boislandry in 1804 . The seventh Marquis of Pomereu Aligre, the owner began to expand in the mid-nineteenth century. Almost nothing was preserved of the original building that was considerably enlarged. Two wings came and add it to wide public. The course of the Eure was diverted, the views of the park were cleared, magnificent French gardens were designed, the reception rooms were decorated and the chapel. The castle of Vaux became the appointment of large hunts in the region rich in game Perche. Deer erected facing the courtyard celebrated the thousandth deer killed in the area. The castle was then living to the rhythm of hunting, which ended in the large dining room chandeliers lit trained hunting horns. Everything in the piers, decorative friezes, Sèvres porcelain, evoked hunting. The Marquis Aligre died in 1889 without descendants. His widow kept the field until 1926. The farms were scattered randomly auction and the castle and its grounds were bought by a hotel company. All sorts of rumors were circulating then, we even spoke to implant a Casino, with a station of the line Paris - Brest nearby. On the death of the owner, the hotel company was forced to sell the castle of Vaux to Lille (Charles Delaporte) who retained until 1934 all furniture, he remained there long occupy only a small part.
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