The history of the château
1295: L'Islette, dependent fief on the Île-Bouchard, belonged to Jean Pannetier, Bailiff of Touraine.
Then the Maillé family owned the estate for three centuries, from 1350 to 1650.
It is to René de Maillé that we owe the construction of the current château, finished around 1530.
It then passed into the hands of the Tiercelin d’Appelvoisin and Barjot de Roncée families.
In July 1769, Beaumarchais wrote to his wife from Rivarennes - "Through the trees, in the distance I see the tortuous course of the Indre, and an ancient château, flanked by towers, which belongs to my neighbour Madame de Roncée".
At the time of the Revolution, the château belonged to Charles Tiercelin d’Apelvoisin, delegate to the Estates-General of 1789, who died on the scaffold in 1793.
Sold under the First French Empire, there were a succession of owners during the XIXth century.
Around 1890, Camille Claudel and Rodin stayed many times in the Château de l’Islette.
L’Islette was classed as an Historic Monument by a decree dated 15 November 1946.
In the middle of the 1960s, Pierre et Madeleine Michaud, parents of the current owners, began a major campaign to restore the château.
2010: opened to the public.
2012: restoration of the chapel decoration.