From the outside it is easily recognizable as a chateau and its history is as you'd expect as well (i.e. marital affairs, conflict, French Revolution). It is what they've done inside that makes the difference.
There's a saying that government run chateaux have next to no furnishing while the private ones do; so, what they've done here is come up with some ways to make it more interesting.
For instance, there's a talking heads display that has something to do with a love triangle. I say "something" because the dialogue is in French, which is fine if you understand the language.
The next room has blank dummies onto which are thrown images of clothing through the ages. We thought that was very clever and enjoyed it, as we did access to the roof, from where you can get expansive views over the Loire Valley.
The gabales (wooden river boats) display was colourful but I thought a little disappointing. I felt it would have been better it they had a full size one where they used to come in; this chateau being the only one that you could float a boat into.
The staff and facilities were excellent and overall it's worth a look.