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“Impressive chateau beside the river” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Chateau de Montsoreau

Chateau de Montsoreau
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Exeter, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
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“Impressive chateau beside the river”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2014

We enjoyed looking around the chateau, but unfortunately none of the rooms had any furniture left in them. So its rather left to your imagination.
I think that the owners could have sourced some period artifacts just to show how one room would have looked.
They did have a very good light show in the main dining room with white figures.
But did enjoy looking around.
Information is not in many other languages though.. Pity.

Visited August 2014
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ChateaudeMontsoreau, Responsable commercial at Chateau de Montsoreau, responded to this review, 19 August 2014
Dear Juney,

Thanks for your comment.
Unfortunately, the Chateau is not furnished since the 18th century. It was destroyed a lot.
Today, It is presented a different visit about Loire and the history of the Chateau, because the castle was a toll on Loire during several centuries.
Guides papers in 7 languages are proposed, and the explanations inside are translated in English.

Hope that you had a good journey in the area,
Best Regards,
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Cravant, France
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“Montsoreau Magic”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2014

Such a treat. We had the opportunity to take English friends to the chateau for the first time. They were mesmerised from start to finish. Literally just across from the edge of the Loire, the chateau has taken this wonderful river as its theme. We've been visiting regularly and it never fails to impress. Through clever use of lighting and sound effects, superbly crafted and presented scale models and film, visitors are given a history of the Loire up to the present day, the people who lived and worked on the river or alongside it, and the trades and produce associated with it. You need a couple of hours to go right round, including outside on the top, with a wonderful view across the Loire itself. Just a joy. Well worth a visit.

Visited August 2014
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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149 reviews
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“Wagner?????”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2014

You enter via the cellars where, inexplicably, the Prelude to Act 111 of Lohengrin by Richard Wagner is wafting through the sound system. Even more inexplicably it cuts off just before Parzifal gets his glimpse of the Grail and starts all over again! Through the Stygian gloom it is just possible to make out a variety of boats used to navigate the Loire in the past. Things improve a bit as you head towards the daylight with an interesting slide show about the architecture and prints of the Chateau in its heyday, showing the way it was impressively moated (but only when the river was in spate) by the Loire.

There is an intriguing light show of statues lit to indicate different fashions which is somewhat ruined by the clattering of ancient slide projectors changing slides. Come on, Commune de Montsoreau - time to wake up and smell the technology! Upstairs there are very large rooms for hire but I can't imagine they do a lot of business as they are presented rather as the refectories of impecunious British boys boarding schools of the Thirties. The views from the roof are spectacular and include the confluence of the Loire and the Vienne.

Apart from these 'attractions' the place is completely bare and one rather longs for the cuddly old National Trust approach which, at least, gives you some idea of the lives led in these old buildings as well as the opportunity to purchase something to eat and drink.

Visited June 2014
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Sydney, Australia
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“A pleasant interlude from the heavy-guns of chateau-land.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2014

For those who want to sample some of the lesser known and less visited Chateaux of the Loire, Montsoreau offers a pleasant interlude,not in the least because you can explore the place on your own.
This is the area where Dumas' 'Dame de Montsoreau took place.
The river front still has a feudal aspect with the intriguing two-tiered dormers. In the courtyard,a beautiful octagonal Renaissance staircase,similar to one i saw in Blois,has delicious carvings and panelled pilasters,medallions and sculpted friezes.
Inside,the large rooms are bare,which explains why we are the sole inhabitants viewing this building. Got to love the history embedded around here.

Visited July 2013
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ChateaudeMontsoreau, Responsable relations clients at Chateau de Montsoreau, responded to this review, 25 March 2014
Hi ShaSha B,

Thanks a lot for your interesting comment.
Indeed, inside it's like a modern exibition about the loire story and the history of the chateau, and of course the story of the lady of Monsoreau! She tells you her true story...

Hope that you enjoyed your holiday in Anjou area,
Best regards,

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Carlsbad, California
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“Romantic...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2013

Standing so close to the river that it seems to be floating on it, that's the first impression you get. Made famous by the work of Alexandre Dumas:
"La Dame de Montsoreau". It was built in the 15th century. Overlooking the Loire, this chateau, half-fortress, half-residence is surrounded by deep moats fed by the Loire. It was a strategic fortress controlling river traffic between Chinon and Saumur.

Visited September 2013
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