At the edge of the forest of Russy, a few kilometers south of Blois, Francis I hunting residence was turned into an elegant mansion by Jean du Thiers, minister of King Henri II. He ordered the rearrangement of the bells cabinet, which owes its name to the three silver bells on the Thiers coat of arms painted on the ceiling.
The following owner, Paul Ardier, savings treasurer under King Louis XIII, ordered a gallery filled with 363 portraits: fifteen kings, from Philippe VI Valois to Louis XIII, a flock of ministers, courtiers, famous characters. This collection, of which 327 portraits are still hungthere, gave to the room its appellation of “gallery of the renowned”. The gallery’s floor is paved with Delft earthenware, representing an army of infantrymen and cavalrymen parading, dressed in 16th century uniforms.
After the tour of the monument, a walk takes you to the beautiful landscape park and the enclosed garden “des Portraits” with 400 varieties of perennial plants and 100 varieties of climbing plants.
A former hunting station of the chateau of Chambord, built upon the command of King Francis I, it has always been famous for its Gallery of Portraits. A monumental piece of art made of 327 portraits of famous figures gathered by 3 generations, under a remarkable ceiling of lapis-lazuli (7 times more expensive than gold) and over an exceptional floor made of 5600 tiles of Delft earthenware.
The chateau of Beauregard, it is also an authentic 15th century kitchen and its set of 80 coopers, its Italian cabinet designed by King Henry II’s cabinet maker and a collection of exceptional furniture completing this elegant residence of great lords, close to the Royal power.
Opening hours and fees 2017
- April, May and June: 10.30 am to 6.30 pm
- July and August: 10.00 am to 7.00 pm
- September: 10.00 am to 6.00 pm
- Bank Holidays: 10.00 am to 7.00 pm
October 31st to March 31st: the chateau remains open to group visits on reservation : 02 54 74 34 01
For visits out of the opening hours, please contact : 02 54 74 41 65
Over 14 year old: 12.50 €
Children aged 5 to 13: 5 €
Disabled visitors and children under 5: free
Students (aged 14 to 25): 10 €
Grounds only: 9 €
Groups: 10 €