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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.
Pacifica, California
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“really great find”
Reviewed 31 May 2014

we didn't know about this castle and were told we should go there due to the setting and the fact that it's rooms are furnished. wow, what a place!

you enter the property via a 10 min walk up a path. the Loire is in full view the whole time. at the top of the hill, you see all the grounds. it was very lush with lawns, trees and plants. very pretty. then you see the castle's turrets and the entry is very impressive.

we had to dodge a school group so we didn't get to spend much time in the first room but all the others were amazing. the ceiling details to the tile floors to the furniture to the wall coverings were breathtaking.

do not miss the room with the Nini medallions!!! they were fascinating. i cannot believe the detail and dimension he achieved in these. wow!

the gardens are worth a visit as well. they had a special installation throughout the gardens while we were there. really interesting.

Visited May 2014
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Reading, UK
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“Very grand”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

Very grand but not as friendly as some! Lots of historical information - it belonged to Agnel Sorel, who was given it by Catherine de Medici. Some pretentious art exhibits in some of the outbuildings - fine if you like that sort of thing! We would have explored the gardens if it had not been raining, which was a sadness as they are obviously superb and the setting overlooking the river is impressive.

Visited May 2014
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australia
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“Not easy to get to the castle”
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!!

Visited April 2014
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France
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“Allow yourself plenty of time !”
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.

Visited May 2014
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Melbourne, Australia
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“My favourite Chateau- so far.”
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.

Visited April 2014
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