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“Not easy to get to the castle”

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 28 May 2014

We caught a train from Tours, thinking that we could get a taxi from the station at Chaumont to the castle. No taxis, just in case you were thinking of trying to do the same. It's about a 3-4 km walk from the station. Ordinarily this would have been ok for me but as I had my older Mum with me and it was pouring with rain, it wasn't a good experience!! You also have to walk up a steep hill to get to the castle/ gardens- worth knowing if you are older. We chose this castle as it had a flower/ garden show on at the time. Very disapointing. Wouldn't go back again. We LOVED Chateau de Villandry, if you are looking for a lovely garden this should be on your list!!

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Reviewed 20 May 2014

Great place to visit. The chateau is really interesting, although there are better ones that have been fully restored. However the gardens are really superb and needs lots of time, at least three or four hours, to fully view all the different areas. As a package it is great value.

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Reviewed 21 April 2014

It is a most beautiful chateau, set in wonderful gardens. Dating from the 15th century and occupied into the 20th century, it is connected with great names from French history. Filled with some wonderful artworks and furnishings, you could easily feel at home here, if money was no object. The stables and other buildings in the gardens nearby are also very well worth visiting.

Thank Thomas M
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Reviewed 23 March 2014

France is renowned for its formal gardens. Here at Chaumont every year is something a little different. A themed garden design festival that attracts designers from all over the world as well as France. Living locally we are lucky to be able to visit a couple of times. The festival opens in April until October, so over the months the gardens are constantly changing. There are a couple of eateries on site as well as a very good restaurant. Chaumont has a very good shop as well, with a good selection of practical items as well as gift possibilities. It's very easy to spend a morning or an afternoon there just walking around the gardens. There is a gardens only admission. But if you want to make a day of it, an all inclusive ticket is available which includes the chateau and private grounds. Really good place to visit. From Chinon it's about a 1hr 40 drive.

Thank Mixiewing
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Reviewed 15 January 2014

There is so much to see, visiting this Château, which isn't very big but it has rare painted ceilings, majolica floors, furniture from different centuries, excellent wallpaper, etc. and best views towards the Loire River and its islands. The English landscaped park covers an area of 21 hectares and was designed by Henri Duchêne. There are a lot of installations by famous modern artists, either permanent or temporary. The stables were designed by Paul-Ernest Sanson (1877) and the Saddle Room, considered one of the best in France, contains harnesses made by Hermès!!! I was lucky to visit the place the last day of the International Gardens Festival and enjoy the exhibits. There is a big restaurant near the South entrance but there is also a small, very nice Café inside the Château. The East entrance has more than 200 large steps uphill but you are comforted by the River Loire views.

Thank Mina P
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