33_vieille_poste_1We have often seen the old post house at Chouzy sur Cisse from the highway along the Loire when driving from Amboise to Blois, but have never been able to get a closer look because it’s on a sharp turn on the road. Today we were walking along the path between the road and the Loire. Above is the first view of what we think is a 17th to 18th century house. It’s extremely elaborate for a post house.

We clambered up the slope to the road and crossed over. We were able to take a closer look of the property which consists of several buildings (below). A sign on the side says “La Vieille Poste” but although we’ve searched it on google we haven’t found a description of the building itself although it appears to be the headquarters of an artistic society.

Nous avons souvent vu la vieille poste de Chouzy sur Cisse depuis la route sur la levée de la Loire entre Amboise et Blois mais nous n’avons jamais pu la voir de près parce qu’elle se trouve dans un virage. Aujourd’hui nous nous sommes promenés sur le sentier entre la levée et la Loire. Ci-dessus est la première vue de ce que nous pensons être une maison XVII et XVIIIème siècles. C’est richement sculpté pour un relais de poste.

Nous avons escaladé le talus pour rejoindre l’autre côté de la route et voir la propriété de plus près ; il y a plusieurs bâtiments (voir ci-dessous). Un panneau sur le côté indique “La Vieille Poste” mais nos recherches sur internet n’ont rien révélé des constructions elles-mêmes bien qu’elles semblent abriter une société artistique aujourd’hui.

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6 comments on “The Old Post House – La vieille poste

  1. Susan Walter

    What a fab looking place! A couple of months ago I found an academic paper in Persée on the history of the post office in France. Really interesting. In the early days a surprising number of post offices were run by women, the widows of postmasters who had inherited their postion. They were formidible creatures by all accounts.

    1. avril Post author

      I think actually that this was a coaching inn type post house – I should have been more specific. I’ll have to look into the history of the post office here. There is another one at the top end of our street which is now a B&B.

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