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Châteaux

in this region

 

For those of you who wish to enjoy a little culture, there are many beautiful Châteaux in this region, the most popular being:

 
 
Château de Villandry.
   A wonderful restored Renaissance château and garden, built on flat land by the banks of the River Cher near to where it joins the River Loire.  The property passed through many hands and suffered many changes before it was bought in 1906 by the present owner's grandfather Dr Joachim Carvallo, a Spaniard who had come to France to study medicine. He meticulously restored the buildings and made the garden that we see today, influenced by the book 'Les Plus Excellents Bâtiments de France' by J. A. du Cerceau (c1515-c84).
 

 
 Château d'Ussé.
  This Château was the inspiration for Charles Perrault’s folk  tale “Sleeping Beauty”.
 
 
Château de Chenonceau.
  In a superb setting and very romantic on a summers evening, everyone loves this Château, and  gardens, you can hire rowing boats or take boat trips on the river, which the children love. There is also a good restaurant in the grounds, or if you prefer to picnic there are a number of  tables in shady places, situated near the main gates.
 
 Château d'Amboise.
   Although all but the royal apartments are still in ruins, this 15th century structure, is an awesome site. Leonardo da Vinci spent the last three years of his life here. The main street, which lies along the base of the Château at first seems quite touristy, but there are some nice shops, wonderful cafés, and a few terrific restaurants.
 
Château de Brézé.
  For those of you with children the Château at Brézé, is in two parts, both above and below ground, where there is an old medieval château, where hundreds of people lived many years ago, this has proved very popular with guests children, as their imagination goes wild!! It’s also great for the adults as you can taste and buy the wine they have for sale, which is a lovely fruity white, superb on a summers evening.

 
 

Château de Saumur.

  A majestic Château, with stunning views overlooking the town and River Loire, in the Château itself there is a porcelain collection of miniatures. In the grounds there is a lovely tearoom restaurant where you can sit on the terrace and enjoy the spectacular views.

  There is much to do and see in Saumur which is our nearest town, it is home to the famous Cadre Noir, who host horsemanship shows each July, for more information visit www.ville-saumur.fr 

 

 

Other Châteaux in the region include: Azay Le Rideau,  Montsoreau. Loches, Blois, Le Lude, Chambord, Cheverny, Sully, Angers, Beauregard, Chinon, Valençay, Fonte,  Montgeoffroy, Ferte-St-Aubin, Chamerolles, Brissac and Gien.  

You can get more information at        www.chateauxloire.com 

 

You can also find smaller family owned Châteaux, which are open to the public.   Not a Château, but a superb piece of architecture and well worth a visit is the historical Fontevraud Abbey, and associated with Richard the Lion heart and Eleanor of Aquitaine, it has had a lot of money spent on restoring it in the last few years, making it hard to believe that this beautiful place was used as a prison until 1974.

 
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