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“Not the best the region has to offer”

Park and Chateau de Beauregard
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Cellettes
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Beauregard : the portrait château and home of Kings’ ministers. The chateau of Beauregard and its park is one of those little treasures that will leave you with an unforgettable memory. It makes a striking link between the past and future. Come and discover 300 years of French and European history told in its famous and unique Portrait Gallery and the Bell study. Its gardens will astonish you with all the surprises they contain for young and small alike.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
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“Not the best the region has to offer”
Reviewed 13 May 2013

We visited this chateau one evening when we wanted something quick to see that was close to Blois. This is not the most impressive chateau and whilst some of the rooms have been restored it all feels a little disappointing after the splendor of some of the other sites of the Loire region. The gardens are pretty but nothing special. There are some nice varieties of chickens to see but only very few in a tiny chicken run. The chateau also has some sheep but they had been put indoors for the night by the time we visited.

They offered to allow us to use our tickets the following day as we had arrived late. We felt that we had really seen all that there was on offer and didn't want to spend another day of our short break there.

Visited May 2013
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Santa Rosa, California
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“What a Disappointment”
Reviewed 21 October 2012

We just returned from a trip during which we visited many French chateaux, especially in the Loire area. Beauregard was one of only a few bad experiences. At a 12.5 € entrance fee this is one of the most expensive chateau with the least to offer. The price is not what mattered to us. When you choose to see one thing you have to eliminate another. This was a waste of time that could be better spent at almost any other Loire area chateau (go to Cheverney, Chambord, Blois Chaumont or Amboise instead). We arrived on a Saturday afternoon and there was only one other car in the large parking area so we thought it might be closed. The occupants of the other car emerged and we called out to them to find out if it was open. They said yes but not to bother. We decided that since we were already there we might as well go in. When we arrived in the Ticket/Gift Shop we asked where the house was. When we were shown a map of the property it seemed a very long way to the house and as I am handicapped I asked if there was closer access. The rude woman just shrugged and said "Are you going in or not?" We started the very long trek (we estimated 1 1/2 miles) to the house through a neglected looking park. The house has little architectural distinction from the exterior. As other people have mentioned there are only a few rooms open in the interior. The much vaunted gallery of portraits was interesting with a beautiful ceiling (this room was blacked out from the sun but very poorly uplit from the floor), also a small cabinet was of note . The rest offered nothing except in one room there was a group of large format pictures of dogs. All was in a sad state of repair and in need of much restoration. If you regard the admission price as a charitable donation towards the needed work it takes the sting out a bit. Then we started the very long march back to the parking area. I stopped in the gift shop to buy some postcards (there is no guidebook). Another woman was there and she was not familiar with the cash register and it took forever. Give this one a miss!

Visited September 2012
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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164 reviews
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“Overpriced Loire Chateau”
Reviewed 25 September 2012

We have been to many of the Loire chateaux. Beauregard is amongst the most expensive at E12.50, and offers about the least in our experience.

The chateau itself is not of great beauty as far as the exterior goes. Internally the high spot is the long hall with 327 portraits of characters of c the late 16th Century including Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. The hall is rather murky though as the windows are heavily covered presumably to protect the paintings. Apart from that internally there are only 5 other rooms to see which contain nothing of great note.

The park, which is much heralded in the publicity material is pleasant but nothing exceptional, except for the garden of colours. This should be spectacular as it is twelve different areas each containing a different coloured selection of plants. However, due to neglect some more vigorous plants had taken over, some had disappeared and the colour scheme had become somewhat mixed. This should have been rather special but had deteriorated.

Finally I think it is a bit of a cheek to charge this much - to compare, Blois charges E9 and Chenonceaux E11, and these are both vastly superior experiences. Then they do not even bother to provide toilets! Unless you really must see the gallery best to avoid.

Visited September 2012
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