The château at Boussay dates from the 12-13th centuries and the 17-18th centuries and is made of tuffeau (soft limestone) like most local buildings. Owned by the Menou family, it was designated a fortified house in 1533, surrounded by a moat and entered via a drawbridge. In those days there was a distinction between a château (castle) and a fortified house, often implying the occupants were lesser nobility or newly ennobled.
Apparently, in one of the rooms, there is an 'English fireplace', salvaged from the nearby ruined hamlet of Varton. The name of this hamlet is a corruption of 'war town', the name given to it by English troops during the Hundred Years War. I have heard a number of different versions of the story of the English at Varton and have yet to get to the bottom of it. We drove through the area recently, and Varton appears to have been turned into a recreational four-wheel drive centre and campground.
One of the most remarkable members of the family was the 18th century Jacques-François Menou. Like François d'Harambure from Preuilly, he was the local representative for the nobility at the Estates General of Versailles in 1789. I think the family came to regard him as very much the black sheep, despite his being responsible for the introduction of a single flag to be used by the Navy, and the precursor for the current national flag. A friend of Napoleon Bonaparte's, he succeeded General Kléber in Egypt after the general was assassinated. Jacques-François took rather well to life in Egypt, adopting native dress, marrying a wealthy Egyptian woman and even converting to Islam. Napoleon and the Menou family were distinctly unimpressed, but he clearly enjoyed the exotic lifestyle.