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“Fine piece of architecture that can be seen for miles.”

Domain of Chaumont-sur-Loire
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Owner description: Less than 200 kilometres south of Paris, nestling between the cities of Tours and Blois, is a haven of poetry. A natural oasis, a headland stretching out 40 metres above the wild Loire, Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire, owned by the Centre Region, welcomes the public all year round to its chateau and park and, from April to the end of October, to the unmissable International Garden Festival. Whatever the season, the chateau - once the home of Catherine de Medici, Diane de Poitiers and Princess de Broglie - beckons you indoors to admire its welcoming and lavishly furnished interiors. The International Garden Festival has been providing a unique panorama of landscape design all over the world since 1992. At the same time a source of ideas and a nursery for talent, the Festival gives an extra boost to the art of gardens and gains the interest of both the public and those in the trade by displaying new flower arrangements, new materials, new ideas and new approaches. The diversity and the high quality of the projects have contributed to the Festival's international reputation, which has become an indisputable meeting place for displaying the work of a new generation of landscape gardeners, architects, designers or gardeners.
Reviewed 22 February 2012

This is one underrated chateau by Loire Valley standards. It is so well-designed and well-built it looks beautiful at any particular angle. Because it is situated on top of the hill, it has a commanding view of the Loire river and valley. The drawback is the steep climb to the top with a distance of about a third of the olympic running track. The rewards however is worth the climb. The gardens are lovely. The Lebanese cedar trees- wow! I've never seen trees that are so enormous and wide, bearing gigantic cones that are practically hanging from every twig and branch. The castle itself has strong bones, structurally powerful-looking with its unique turrets. And like most of the chateaux in the area, it has a lot of history with the likes of Nostradamus a guest here. Don't miss the impressive horse stables that contains apparently the largest saddle collection at that time by any single house of nobility.

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Reviewed 30 June 2011

Every year, landscape architects compete to enter the International Garden Festival at Chaumont. The festival has a different theme each year.

We loved the Loire valley, and if you like gardens, Chaumont (and Villandry) should not be missed. We had so much fun walking from garden to garden at the festival and admiring each artist's work. It was very beautiful, interesting and sometimes thought-provoking.

The grounds of the chateau are also very beautiful, with a great view of the river. The chateau looks like some place from a fairy tale.

There is parking at the bottom of the hill near the river, but there is also a parking lot at the top of the hill behind the chateau, which is closer to the garden festival. There is a cafe and a restaurant at the chateau; we had an enjoyable lunch there.

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Reviewed 20 July 2003

In 2000 we tried to visit Chaumont. My mother has angina and cannot walk very far, but is not ill enough to have a blue card. She had much difficuly climbing the hill to the Chateau which we were told was the only access to the building. At the top we were disgusted to find that there was vehicle access.

It seemed that only tourists were not allowed to get there by car. We were told it was because of a disgreement with the Mayor. To make matters worse there was a sign about it being the year of the disabled and they were improving matters. We were seriously underimpressed.

Have things improved yet?

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