Courcelles Le Roy

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Courcelles Le Roy

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Have your ever dreamed of making a luxurious domain yours for a week-end bringing along your loved ones?

Often described by its visitors as a haven of peace and serenity, you will be enchanted by Courcelles Le Roy’s beauty and birds’ singings.

In the heart of a luxuriant park made of ponds and forest, you will literally fell cut off the outside world. No neighbors… No roads… No noise… You will have the disposal of a huge fenced park, entirely secured and comfortably arranged: swimming pool, tennis courts, bocce ball courts, promenade…

We offer you to become the Lord of this his history-filled domain while organizing your unique events. This domain is the only one in the area providing high-class services with great sleeping capacity.

The four chateau’s outbuildings are entirely arranged with luxurious suites and ll spaces need in the organization of your events.

To provide comfort and well-being of our guests, we have used the services of an architect-designer specialized in decorating exceptional places.

The History of
Courcelles le Roy

As Courcelles le Roy’s Castle is in the municipality of Beaulieu sur Loire, the property used to significantly impinge upon neighboring communes as it used to be 600 hectares wide.

As with most all ancient inhabited residences, the Courcelles Le Roy’s Castle has undergone major transformations.

There is no doubt that a feudal residence used to stand at the Castle location, drawbridge, towers and turrets, loopholes and machicolations. It can be presumed that it used to be a significant construction as there already used to be a Lord od Courcelles in 1200, named Gaucher de Corcells, who owned a chapel served by a separate chaplain from Beaulieu’s.

From these ancient residence, very few vestiges have been preserved, apart from the central pavilion with its machicolations and mullioned windows, although they have been altered by consecutive transformations.

The door leading to the courtyard of honor is most likely a vestige from the ancient fortify entry of the castle.

The current castle is made upon the first French Renaissance style, starting at the end of the 15th Century until the end of the 17th Century.

Those constructions, with their high roofs and bricks and stone walls, reflects the character of the period of Henri V reign and the beginning of Louis XIII’s.

At that time, the architecture demonstrated originality, mixing all styles, without slavishly copying them and carrying out a creative amalgam, adapting to the climate and blending in the landscapes.

The feudal military architecture shows in the towers, small corbelled turrets with conical roofs and crenellations; but those defensive elements are only ornamental. Semicircular arches come from the Roman style. Rectangle windows, with large slope surfaces underlined by horizontal cornices come from the Italian Renaissance style. However, there are no terraces or flat rooftops, which are not adapted to rainy winters. It is preferable to replace them by steep inclined slate roofs, decorated by skylights and high chimneys.

Contrasting stone with brick is most likely a reminiscence of Arab art.

The main apartment of the castle has always been referred to as “la Chambre du Roi”, and the domain itself has been called Courcelle-le-Roi for a long time. Most likely as a reminiscence of Charles VII, who, according to the tradition, has lived there with his favourite Agnès Sorel.

Owners during 17th and 18th century are known as their named appears in parish registers: the comedian Dancourt, the Academician Guibert, the Deshayes family, and others.

Old dungeons perfectly preserved have been discovered, having certain similarities in terms of shape with the ones in Chateau de Pierrefonds, as described by Viollet-le-Duc in his book on this antic fortress.

Following a wide driveway in the park, surrounded by beautiful lindens leading to the Castle’s pond, takes you to a little triangular stone altar with rudimentary sculptures.

On one of the altar’s sides, the following inscription can be read, not without effort as it is partly erased:

TO
HIMEN
JUNE 11th , 1776 (or 1775)

​HERE WAS THE CHAPEL OF THE CASTLE
WHERE THE VOWS OF OUR UNION WERE PRONOUNCED.
ARRANGEMENTS OF THE  GARDENS HAVE LED TO
THE DESTRUCTION OF THE CHAPEL.
HAPPY AND GRATEFUL OVE DECIDED
TO DEDICATE THIS MEMORY
ANS TO RAISE THIS ALTAR

It is believed that this refers to the union of Count Apoline de Guibert and Miss Boutignon Deshayes, lady of Courcelles. She has made several donations to Beaulieu’s Church at the time it was garnishing its sanctuary; she donated, among others, the tabernacle.

The chapel located here was probably already there during Gaucher de Courcelles’ era, who was Squire and Senechal of Count of Sancerre.

Before tearing down this old chapel, the lords of Courcelles had a new chapel built in the Castle courtyard, by the auditorium.  This chapel still exists today.

The chapel’s bell is decorated with Sainte Catherine’s figure and is engraved with:

“In the year 1789, I have been blessed in the name of Sainte Catherine. Godfather Mr. de Courcelles, knight of Saint Louis, Swiss’ Commissioner-General, Godmother Mrs. De Courcelles, wife of the Lord”. 

At the time of Revolution, the Convention’s watchword was “War to Castles, Peace to Cottages”. It undertook an inventory of the noble houses to destroy them, along with all that reminded the old regime. Beaulieu’s Report saved Courcelles, as well as Assay, from destruction.

In 1806, the domain became the property of Marsahl MACDONALD, Duke of Tarente. This Scottish Catholic Officer serving France against English Protestant, stands out during the Revolution and the Empire wars. Skilled and opportunistic, he goes through all turmoil and changes of regimes. Marshal of the Empire, he shows profound respect to the BOURBONS who came back to their throne, and to Louis-Philippe.

The Marshal lived in Courcelles from 1806 to 1809, then from 1815 to his death in 1841.

After his death, his son inherited his titles as well as the property, which he sold I, 1878 to the HUILLIER family.

The Castle de Courcelles is currently the property of Mrs. Aubrun.

Bibliography: extract from the book “La Châtelline de Courcelles le Roy” by P. PINSSEAU – Extract from the booklet “Promenades au 19ème siècle”