This majestic Renaissance château was once the residence of Claude Gouffier, who was the model for the Marquis de Carabas character in Charles Perrault’s children’s story, Puss in Boots.
The château’s Grande Galerie displays beautiful paintings in the style of the Ecole de Fontainebleau and the Galerie du Grand Ecuyer is adorned with 16th-century frescoes depicting scenes from Aeneid.
The castle also houses the Curios & Mirabilia contemporary art and curiosities collection, which includes many surprising and whimsical objects.
Built between the 16th and 18th centuries by the Famille Gouffier, this château in the Deux-Sèvres département was intended as – and has always been – a centre for culture and the arts.
Today it hosts concerts and contemporary art exhibitions.
Address: 10 Rue du Château, 79100 Oiron