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Musee Balzac - Chateau de Sache

Rue du Chateau, 37190 Sache, France
+33 2 47 26 86 50
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You need to have read more than La Pere Goriot to appreciate this museum.

We didn't realise that Balzac had such a vast output (91 novels! ) and such bad taste in wallpaper... read more

Reviewed 20 May 2017
Robinthemagpie2015
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Carlton in Lindrick, United Kingdom
If Balzac is your man, don't miss this

This is much more interesting than his house in Paris. He spent a lot of time here, as a guest... read more

Reviewed 16 May 2017
Oliver S
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New York City, New York
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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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“la comedie” (2 reviews)
“museum” (7 reviews)
“home” (3 reviews)
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Rue du Chateau, 37190 Sache, France
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Reviewed 20 May 2017

We didn't realise that Balzac had such a vast output (91 novels! ) and such bad taste in wallpaper. We decided we must read Le Lys du Vallee when we get home as it is set in this part of France, but La Comedie Humaine...More

Thank Robinthemagpie2015
museebalzac, chargé de l'e-reputation at Musee Balzac - Chateau de Sache, responded to this reviewResponded 23 June 2017

Thank you for your comment! Indeed, it takes several years to achieve the reading of The Human comedy... When you finish, you can start reading Balzac's others works (articles, theater plays, treaties, tales...)! :-)

Reviewed 16 May 2017

This is much more interesting than his house in Paris. He spent a lot of time here, as a guest, which did not prevent him from bad-mouthing his hosts, repeatedly... Here, in the small room upstairs, he wrote and edited several books, including Le Pere...More

Thank Oliver S
museebalzac, chargé de l'e-reputation at Musee Balzac - Chateau de Sache, responded to this reviewResponded 23 June 2017

Thank you really for this kind advice. The museum is indeed located in a very peaceful place... One can reach the village by car, by taxi, or bicycle from Azay-Le-Rideau (with it's train station) !

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.

Thank JimW551
museebalzac, Chargé de l'e-reputation at Musee Balzac - Chateau de Sache, responded to this reviewResponded 9 January 2017

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...

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.

Thank glyn l
museebalzac, Chargé de l'e-reputation at Musee Balzac - Chateau de Sache, responded to this reviewResponded 9 January 2017

Thank you very much for your comment !

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...More

Thank Peter A
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.

Thank 2griff
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.

Thank marrunner06
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...More

Thank Stephanie D
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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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.

Thank ukienomad
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The museum is situated in a quite isolated village. The only way to come is taking a taxi from Tours or Azay-le-Rideau (there are train stations there). In summer, it is possible to rent bicycles in Azay-le-Rideau (10 kms... More
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