Saturday, 19 February 2011

Montpoupon Wins an Award

One of our favourite destinations has been awarded the Qualité Tourisme stamp by the Tourism Minister. This designation is only awarded to venues which can demostrate to an independent committee that they are thoroughly professional in all aspects of presenting their site to the public. After two years of work, Montpoupon has succeeded in gaining their reward from the committee.

The chateau is privately owned by Comte Amaury de Louvencourt, who has instigated considerable improvments focusing on the hunting life. Today the Musée du Veneur (Hunting Museum) has 25 rooms bringing together a multitude of objects that give an insight into the daily lives of 19th and early 20th century professional and sporting hunters. It is a fascinating glimpse of rural and sporting social history, covering not just hunting, but country house life in general as well as wildlife photography and natural history.

The back of the chateau, showing the entrace
to the recently enlarged kitchen exhibition
Added to that, the chateau is one of the most charmingly located of any you will encounter, with beautiful views and dozens of photo opportunities.

Our heartiest congratulations to Matthieu, the Visitor Services Manager, who always gives us a friendly welcome and we know has worked very hard to present Montpoupon at its best. If you would like to see the chateau and its museum, please email us.