Cheverny was “lost to the Crown because of fraud” under Henri II, who gave it to his mistress, Diane de Poitiers. (He apparently made a habit of giving her châteaux. Lucky Diane!) She preferred Chenonceau, however, and sold Cheverny to the former owner’s son.
The family later sold the estate in the aftermath of the French Revolution, but was able to buy it back 22 years later.
Here are some of the things I saw at Cheverny.