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“Go to Chenonceau off season”

Chateau de Chenonceau
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Beautiful country villa surrounded by a moat and inspired by the Italian Renaissance.
Reviewed 17 December 2013

We enjoyed a cold autumn drive to Chenonceau from Paris. The choice of the date allowed for a partially empty castle (of tourists that is) but filled with exquisite floral display for christmas all around the Chateau.
Visitors should be made aware from the get go of the distance between the parking lot and the chateau ( no transportation seemed to be available for the elderly or people with difficulties to walk)
Unique sight and photo opportunities galore.
Drawback is the closure of the gourmet restaurant from the end of October with no other option than the snack . Ditto for the other restaurants in town. One would think that there could be at least one enterprising chef out there...

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Reviewed 1 December 2013

This is perhaps the best of the Big Three in many respects. It has a little bit of everything. Chambord has the spectacular exterior, Cheverny the crazy hounds, (and Chaumont, not one of the big three, interesting unrenovated rooms to see with special exhibits). The grounds are beautiful; there's the best museum or history explanation of the area in this one, and there are beautiful rooms, furnished and all. I've always wanted to see this one as well, since French class some 35 yrs ago. It was well worth the visit.

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Reviewed 29 November 2013

This castle is AMAZING and I loved visiting it! You get to see a castle that is built on top of the river, and with two wonderful gardens!! Imagine the king was married and he gave a nice garden as a gift to his wife, but he had a lover, who he loved even more, and he gave a super hiper garden to her!! The king gave the whole castle as a present to his lover, and when the king died, his wife (Catarina) got it back from the lover!! Chenonceau is called the Castle of the 7 Ladies!! Imagine that!!! This castle has a huge ballroom in 16 Century style. So cool! There are so many stories in there that you will want to know all of them!!

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Reviewed 23 November 2013

Chenonceau is definetely one of the most must-see castles of the Loire Valley. First of all due to its great history and those outstanding dames whose fates are connected with that place and the history of France. The parks and gardens are so well-groomed that they are both good to walk around and provide the castle rooms with bunches of fresh flowers. We were also impressed with the kitchen premises full of all sorts of utensils and stoves typical of medieval times and also having a large rotisserie with an ingenious clockwork mechanism that used a heavy weight suspended over the river to drive the mechanism.

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Reviewed 15 November 2013

This is one of the most beautiful of the 365 Chateaus in France. We visited at least 10 on our trip. All were fabulous in their own way but you must visit Chenonceau if you can. We had a lovely lunch at the L'Orangerie and did some wine tasting on the grounds. A very nice visit even though it was quite a wet day.

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