Spring of 1746 found Jeanne-Antoinette Poisson pregnant, and her lover, Louis XV on his way out of town for a campaign. For a relaxing and restful spring, Madame du Pompadour was set up at the château de Crécy. The property she had always liked, it was a bit in the country, and not quite to Louis' taste ...yet. But to make sure she was both content and comfortable (the country would be nice while in her condition) he made the purchase, for the low price of 650,000 livres.
Once settled in, resting was not her first priority. She jumped on the chance to put the ideas and designs she had schemed for the château in action. The renovations took about two years to complete, altering entire wings of the chateau. She even had the gardens redone!
Once it was completed she was able to entertain the entire court at the château. Theatre productions were put on and, of course, there were many nights spent gambling. Louis continued to visit the chateau and even in his later years would visit for the hunting grounds it provided.
She would spend a great part of her finances on buildings and decorating but Crécy was her first big project. She even had the gardens redone!
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