Loire Valley Journals

The Chateau’s of the lovely Loire Valley

A September 2008 trip to Loire Valley by Kez

Château de Chenonceau Photo, Chenonceaux, France More Photos
Quote: Spectacular scenery, delightful villages and more Chateau’s than you could possibly hope to visit in a lifetime – the Loire has some of the best of France rolled into one very perfect package.
Chambord Photo, Loire Valley, France
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Spread across an area of just 200 kilometres long and 100 kilometres wide the Loire Valley boasts so many Chateau’s that to see them all is nearly impossible. The trick is to pick the one’s that interest you the most, with some of them like Villandry you can actually skip the interior and just visit the gardens. Others are most famous for their setting such as Chenonceau but are still worthwhile entering. We found that all were unique and worth visiting but for different reasons.If you only want to visit the exterior of some of the Chateau's you still need to pay the dual ticket price for both inside and out. With most of them costing between 7 - 10 euro’s and 12.50 for Clos Lu...Read More

Le Cardinal

Hotel | "A Warm and Welcoming Home Away from Home"

Le Cardinal Photo, Amboise, France
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From the first moment we arrived at Le Cardinal with its pale blue grey shutters and cheery red front door we were totally charmed. And as we stepped over the threshold we did really feel at home. This was a homely little place to stay and although we were five in our party we never felt we were on top of each other.Initially we entered from the rear door into the kitchen and dining room. The dining area held an eight seat timber dining setting topped with a lovely bunch of fresh chrysanthemums and a welcome note on the whiteboard. This was flanked by a beautifully carved & ornate dresser. The kitchen held all we needed a big old square double tub sink with and an island b...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 1, 2009

Château de Chenonceau

Attraction | "A Fairytale Setting"

Château de Chenonceau Photo, Chenonceaux, France
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After entering via an avenue of huge and ancient trees the first glimpse literally takes your breath away. We visited late in the day just as the sun was setting and the soft pink hue of dusk was highlighting and warming the stone walls with a subtle glow that set off the perfect mirror image of the Chateau reflected in the River Cher. Reminiscent of a fairytale the whimsical turrets and graceful arches of the entry bridge and so very peaceful made this Chateau a definite highlight. It was made even more special as we were the only visitors there at the time. The Chateau also boasts an interesting history. Building of the current Chateau commenced in the early 1500’...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 1, 2009

Château de Chenonceau
37150 Chenonceaux
Francia, France Francia
+ 33 (2( 47 23 90 07

Chateau de Cheverny

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Attraction | "A Warm and Stately Home"

Chateau de Cheverny Photo, L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, France
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This Chateau although large had a warmer more homey feeling than any of the other Chateau’s that we visited. This is due in part to the fact that it has always been in the same family; they actually lived there until 1985 & have maintained the original feel. Each room was jam packed with magnificent furnishings and personal mementos.As you approach the first thing that jumps out at you is the perfect balance it presents, each side is a mirror image and it does not have the additions that many of the others do. In fact it actually looks more like a gracious stately home than a Chateau.The interior is sumptuous – each room perfectly preserved and with the majority of the wal...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 1, 2009

Chateau de Cheverny
Cheverny 41700
L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, France

Chateau de Villandry

Attraction | "A Must for the Garden Lover"

Chateau de Villandry Photo, Villandry, France
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Due to time constraints we opted to visit just the gardens of Villandry and they were in a word "magnificent".Luckily for all of modern day visitors the Chateau was saved in the early 1900’s by the grandfather of the present day owners, Dr Joachim Carvallo and it was he who set about re-creating the Renaissance gardens that make the Chateau so special today.I found the layout of the gardens enchanting – I loved the terracing and the geometric design and how each section was separated by the gravel pathway and also the way there were different sections devoted to other different applications such as the herb garden or the vegetable garden. The contrasting plantings o...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 1, 2009

Chateau de Villandry

Villandry 37510
+33 (0)2 47 50 02 09

Chateau d'Amboise

Attraction | "Charming Amboise Chateau"

Chateau d'Amboise Photo, Loire Valley, France
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The Chateau is charming and is set alongside the Loire River overlooking Amboise. It was the home of the French Kings and Queens between the 15th and 17th centuries including Henry the second is the final resting place of Leonardo da Vinci who spent his final three years living in Amboise.The Chateau was used as a Royal Residence for many years and you can see it in the quality of the furnishings and the beautifully carved pieces of furniture. The standout inside is the bedroom of Henri the second and the magnificently furnished red room. From the outside apart from its unassailable fortress walls it has a fairytale look with the round towers topped with almost whi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 1, 2009

Chateau d'Amboise
Indre-et-loire
Amboise
+33 (2) 47 57 00 98

Clos Lucé Mansion and Garden

Attraction | "Leonardo's da Vinci's Last Home"

Clos Lucé Mansion and Garden Photo, Amboise, France
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Make sure you visit here especially if you have any interest in science and even if you don’t you will still find yourself marveling at the mind that was Leonardo’s.Clos Luce was originally built in the late 1400’s and was the summer residence of French Kings for almost two hundred years; it was in 1516 that Leonardo was invited by King Francois I to live here and where he spent the last three years of his life.You visit the house following a set route, first by climbing up the watch tower to the first floor and then entering Leonardo’s bedroom where he had a great view of the Castle. You then continue on to the study where he designed amongst many other things a model castle,...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 10, 2009

Clos Lucé Mansion and Garden
2 Rue De Clos-luce
Amboise, France
02-47-57-62-88