cquired by the proprietor's granddad in the late 1940s, the house initially dates from the seventeenth century, in spite of the fact that the fundamental façade was built in the eighteenth when the house was halfway scorched, and further increments collected amid the 1800s. As the present chatelaine relates, its first proprietor was one Michel Bégon, a marine authority and manager under King Louis XIV, conceived in adjacent Blois, site of one of the best châteaux of the Loire. He isn't a noteworthy memorable figure, nor is the living arrangement he worked of major notable significance, in spite of its area in the heartland of the French honorability. Be that as it may, his name lives on in the begonia, the bloom found by the botanist Charles Plumier, whom he got to know in the French Antilles in the 1680s. As it happens, when the granddad purchased the house, he planted an entire parterre of his most loved blossoms, begonias, uninformed that Plumier had named them after Bégon.