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Address: Rue du Chateau, 37190 Sache, France (Formerly Musée Balzac)
Phone Number:
+33 2 47 26 86 50
10:00 - 17:00
Closed now
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Wed - Mon 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Honore de Balzac was one of the great writers of the first half of the 19th...

Honore de Balzac was one of the great writers of the first half of the 19th century. Throughout his life, he remained faithful to his native soil, Touraine. From 1825 to 1848, he paid regular visits to Jean Margonne, a friend of his parents, at Chateau de Sache. There, far removed from the bustle of Parisian life and his financial worries, the writer found the silence and austerity that enabled him to work between twelve and sixteen hours a day. Le Pere Goriot, Louis Lambert, Cesar Birotteau and Illusions Perdues were all partly written there. Sache also served as a source of inspiration for Balzac, who set his novel Le Lys dans la Vallee in the idyllic surroundings of the Indre Valley.

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A bit off the beaten track

A bit out of the way. Nice strucrure. It as the home of Balzac. Didn't go in as we did not have that much time and were riding our bikes to our final destination. Not much to see... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 19 September 2016
San Clemente, California
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San Clemente, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

A bit out of the way. Nice strucrure. It as the home of Balzac. Didn't go in as we did not have that much time and were riding our bikes to our final destination. Not much to see outside.

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museebalzac, Chargé de l'e-reputation at Musee Balzac - Chateau de Sache, responded to this review

Thank you for your comment. The park evokes the romantic atmosphere described by Balzac in his novel "The lily in the valley" (the story takes place in the village of Saché). We have recently displayed several notice boards to explain the landscape outside... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016

This Balzac museum is beautifully kept and feels like a lovely home.There are some exquisite touches for example the trompe-l'oeil wallpaper in the large living room , the lovely dining room and of course his bedroom which he just seems to have vacated.Really lovely.

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Thank you very much for your comment ! More 

Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

More a stately home than a "royal" chateau, a visit to Musee Balzac provides an interesting break from the opulence of many of the surrounding chateaux. The association with Balzac and the excellent exhibits including the Rodin sculptures provides some incites into this French literary giant. Very easy to find if you are driving and right near Azay Le Rideau.

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Southampton, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2016 via mobile

Located in the Sache Chateau this is worth a visit to anyone who has read Balzac. Beautiful Chateau, simple but elegant. Lovely grounds and staff. Sit in the garden and listen to the birds in the nearby forest! Minutes from Azay le Rideau.

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Los Altos, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2014

If you are interested in Balzac at all, this is an interesting museum to learn more about his work and life. There was a also an art exhibit featuring him as a theme, which I did not care for as much.

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2014 via mobile

This house, beautifully renovated, reveals the impact of Touraine on Balzac ´s creation. A big part of La comedie Humaine was written here, or inspired by people and sceniry of this delicious green area. The guide is excellent. La demeure, joliment renovee, revele l'influence des gens ey paysage de la region sur l'oeuvre de Balzac. La guide est formidable

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2013

A beautiful building and a fascinating look into the life of this famous writer. Well worth a visit if you are visiting that area.

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Orange Park, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2013

Unless you are French, you will be lost in translation. You only get a pamphlet that is very hard to follow through the house. Don't waste your 5 Euros or time going here. The grounds were simple but nice. Least favorite of the Chateaus.

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Portsmouth, England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2013

My husband and I have both read Balzac - he much more than I - so we had an interest in this museum. It turned out to be a delight and one of the best value visits made in the Loire Valley. It is €5 to enter and in every room there is a huge amount of information on cards... More 

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Rochester, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2013

Review your Balzac and you will enjoy this beautifully curated museum and chateau with the extra gift of a beautiful studio dedicated to Rodin's creation of his famous and famously misunderstood statue of Balzac. Pretty grounds. Not a lot of tourists made it a lovely break from the overcrowded and commercialized chateaus. Nice bookshop.

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