The guide books are not encouraging, but with time on our hands and convenience, a trip inside the chateau made sense. While the staff almost turned us off, more interested in talking among themselves, etc., with exception of the fellow working in the garden area, we took a tired group inside. Almost immediately, the place started looking more appealing than advertised. The stone work deserves study if nothing else appeals. The circular stairway is a masterpiece and the rest of the place is educational from an architectural and engineering perspective. If you are looking for furniture, carpets, etc., this might not be the place. But, as an opportunity to study centuries old architecture, it was not beat elsewhere in France.