Rob Chaloner Loves this Château Château de Valençay sited at the edge of a plateau overlooking the little Nahon river, was built by the d’Estampes family of financiers over a period of 200 years. Construction started in 1540 at the behest of Jacques d’Estampes in place of the demolished 12th-century castle and was not completed until the 18th century, when the south tower was added. Château de Valençay. Rob Chaloner Loves this Château