After visiting Château du Lude, I thought we’d stop at Château de Champchevrier since it was on the way to Tours. Upon arrival, I found out that it wasn’t going to open for another two weeks. Oh well. At least I was able to get some photos of the exterior before driving on. Located at the heart of a wooded area in which wolves roamed for many years Château de Champchevrier is an immense royal hunting lodge. Its name comes from the Latin Campus Caprarius which means "field of the goatherd.” The château, surrounded by a late-17th century moat, stands on the site of an old stronghold, which played a defensive role in the area for many centuries. The present building, dating from the 16th century, was modified in the 17th and 18th centuries. The same family has occupied it since 1728.