The Dahliacolor

Opened in spring 2008, at the initiative of Lady Roquefeuil the DAHLIACOLOR ® was redesigned in 2012 by the famous landscape architect Louis Benech. Contemporary garden composed of colorful dahlias several varieties treated as colored spots, it can discover the extraordinary biodiversity of the brilliant and generous flower.


The garden now includes more than 5000 tubers, With 210 different varieties in shape and color. An educational path will allow visitors

to recognize the different species exhibited in the garden.

Workshops bouquets or recognition of flowers may be available on your reservation.

Access to Castle Bourdaisière

How to get to Castle?

 GPS coordinates: 47 ° 22 '8.1984 "N, 
 0 ° 50' 0.4416" E
 or St Pierre TGV stations Tours (10km) Corps (7km)
 Tours Airport (15 km) (exit 20 on the A10 motorway) Aerodrome d'Amboise (10km)
HELICOPTER: landing possible castle


History of Castle Bourdaisière



The mean age
If the silhouette of the castle Bourdaisière especially recalls the Renaissance must not forget that the birth of Bourdaisière is much earlier in the sixteenth century.
Dice the middle of the fourteenth century the Deputy Governor of Touraine, Marshal John I said the Meingre Boucicault had built on the very site of the present castle a fortress to defend the outskirts of Tours against the onslaught of English.
This medieval fortress remain ditches, these dry north and east of the castle moat, a corner tower and a staircase down into the moat snails southeast terrace.
This fortress was transmitted by inheritance for generations until the first sale May 4, 1482, sales of which document is kept in the departmental archives. Bourdaisière was purchased by the Mayor of Tours of Louis La Meziere.
From that moment Bourdaisière would experience multiple owners at the mercy of sales, exchanges and estates.
Two families nonetheless marked the history of the Castle.
The wedding at the Château de Marie Gaudin, heiress Bourdaisière and Philibert BA-BOU descendant of a long line of notaries Bourges, marks the beginning of a first period of prosperity.
Marie Gaudin was deemed to be "the most beautiful woman of her time", it will be also the first mistress of King Francis I.. This will definitely help the career of her husband, in effect Philibert Babou King received multiple charges and honors which enabled him to establish his fortune and realize, to 1518-1522, the reconstruction of
Old medieval fortress
a country house, com-posed of a gatehouse high roof opening onto a drawbridge across a moat, extended to the north of
wing connecting to the dungeon of the Middle Ages.
From this new castle, Bourdaisière host repeatedly Kings Francis I and his successors during their visits in Touraine.
The death of Marie Gaudin, widow of Philibert BABOU
fourteen years earlier Bourdaisière returned to their eldest son John II which will, among other things, Grand Master of the Artillery of the Kingdom (e Minister of Defence), and given the troubled times this time of religious wars he thought better to fortify the castle by building, in 1567-1568, the south-east tower of the walls of a mu-caponier denies guns and clearing the moat.
It is November 1569 by his death he left the field Bourdaisière his eldest son Geor-ges BABOU I, Count of Sagonne. He built about 1595 the current farm Castle-like "country manor" and the pantry pierced the side of co-called castle cave chapel today. These tra-worth just completed Georges BABOU welcomed 27 May 1598, Henri IV and Gabrielle d'Estrées return Britain where had been signed the Edict of Nantes.
The classical period
In the first half of the 17th century the new owner of Bourdaisière: Marquis Nicolas Gouffier of Crévecoeur built on the site of the medieval farmyard two imposing buildings at right angles forming the stables, and in 1650 a sumptuous wing bordering moat which, unfortunately nothing remains but is shown on an engraving as a great home confined by two square pavilions.


 This magnificent building led its owner to ruin and pushed for sale Bourdaisière in 1674.
From there, Bourdaisière know several owners and will during the passage of the Princess de La Tour d'Auvergne the appointment of all touran-gelle socialites.

In November 1768 the Duke of Luynes, who had inherited the Castle exchanged with the Duke de Choiseul, who brought him the barony of Cinq Mars la Pile.

The field was living his last hours, when the Duc de Choiseul was exiled to his Château de Chanteloup he ordered the destruction of the castle of the Marquis heartbreaking had built one hundred and twenty years before leaving the dungeon of the Middle Ages and my-black of BABOU.

The Revolution
Bourdaisière owned by the Duchess of Orleans Adelaide Bourbon Penthièvre wife "Philippe Egalite" was kidnapped on behalf of the Republic and sold as a "national asset" in November 1794.
Purchased by Armand Dubernad, Breton wine merchant who undertook his arrival the construction of a new castle, overlooking the southern mansion BABOU solid style, cubic, only decorated by a central portico in the "antique".

The modern era
In 1802 the heirs sold the Castle Dubernad Joseph ANGELIER that led to Bourdaisière extensive restoration campaign.
And he "dressed" the Management of Neo-Renaissance castle façade.
Baron Angelier filled the moat, drawbridge demolishes three dungeon and subsistence were medieval.
He turned what was then a May-gardener of his chapel neo-Gothic Tudor and planted the garden today.
His son Gustave Angelier redecorated inside the castle and built including the library. He shouldered the terrace of a brick wall Henri IV style.
The third Baron Angelier, heir to his father in 1890, completed all by raising a tower in north-west corner of the castle and by arranging the lavish stables stalls.
    The castle was then sold in 1923 to a wealthy American Mrs. Mérinville that beautifies the interior and exterior, and was visited by the Duke of Windsor in 1937.
Purchased by an Englishman in 1938 it will be occupied by the Germans and the liberation in a military school. Returned to its owners but abandoned stables and park will be registered as a historical monument in March 1947.
In 1959 after the auction of all furniture auction the castle was sold to the City of Montlouis who set a retirement home.
The castle no longer meets the standards for safety and comfort it was sold in 1988 to Mr. François Michaud and September 2, 1991 he was finally ac-quired by the Princes of Broglie.

The castles and monuments of the Loire

World Heritage of UNESCO, the Loire Valley is a region rich in exceptional sites and historical monuments.

A 18 km from the Château de Chenonceau, 10km from Tours or Amboise, Villandry 15 km and 30 km from Chaumont, Chateau Bourdaisière Discovery Centre is the most beautiful sites of the Loire Valley.

Some highlights of the region to discover:

The historic town of Amboise is located 13km from the castle. Historical center, pedestrian streets, wharves along the Loire and beautiful Sunday morning market.

The Chateau du Clos Luce - Leonardo da Vinci
2km from the castle, the Clos Lucé is the last home of Leonardo da Vinci. Inventions of the genius of the Renaissance are staged during the visit

24km east of Castle Bourdaisière Chenonceau castle is built on the Cher. Several restaurants are in the village. You can see our part Auberge du Bon Laboureur.

Castle of Chaumont sur Loire and Festival Gardens
It is the castle that the field must first famous. But for 10 years the most important activity in the field is thinking about gardens and landscape. The large park, the valley mists, the Park Festival, the experimental garden is the most important area of ​​landscaped points.

Azay le Rideau
It is in the creative enthusiasm of the first years of the reign of François 1er that was built the castle of Azay. Located in Touraine, he enrolled in the prestigious line of castles of the Loire Valley, where the kings of France took pleasure in reside for a century                .

      The Château de Cheverny
He inspired Hergé to Marlinspike. Museum and exhibitions on Tintin.

The gardens of Villandry
Villandry is a Renaissance castle located in the heart of three levels of tiered gardens. This is the last of the great Renaissance castles built on the banks of the Loire. Remarkable harmony of its architecture and its gardens, the site is known for its gardens that combine aesthetics, diversity and harmony.

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At 12km Bourdaisière, the old city of Tours is very lively. The famous Plumereau and timbered houses many restaurants for all tastes!

Also discover the family:

Zoo Parc de Beauval



Many solutions available to you to discover the jewels of the Loire.



A horse with Stables Anadée:


And many other activities around the castle:
Golf: a beautiful 18 holes to 30 minutes, the Château de la Touche Ballan: