Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau, Azay-le-Rideau

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Set on an island in the middle of the Indre river, Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau is considered one of the foremost examples of early French Renaissance architecture. Built between 1518 and 1527, this picturesque château maintains the fashionable Italian renaissance style in its long proportions and ornate sculptural decorations.

Venture into the interior to view a significant collection of artwork, including "Dame au Bain" (possibly depicting Diane de Poitiers) by François Clouet and several portraits of French monarchs, including Francis I, Henry III, and Catherine de Médici. A climb into the attic provides an insight into the charpente, the handcrafted wooden frame supporting the roof, which was recently restored and available for your view. Put Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau into our Azay-le-Rideau trip app to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Azay-le-Rideau.
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  • Beautiful chateau with river meandering around it, making for absolutely gorgeous views. Pretty grounds and very nice interior decorations. One of the most charming chateaus there is, highly recommend...  more »
  • We went on a quiet January day and even in winter, the park surrounding the chateau is lovely. We felt fortunate to benefit from the restoration; as others have said the exterior and interiors are stu...  more »
  • A small castle, with a beautiful park, even in the rain. Parts animated and well decorated, maintained Park, friendly staff and a great shop with plenty of choice, in short, feel free to stop. And their magnets are superb! ;)
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  • A beautiful fairy tale castle surrounded by calm garden spaces with lawn chairs. A room elaborately decorated as a feast of table foods complete with dance and music adds to the surprise. Explore the festive village to take in peaceful French life.
  • Visited in early August 2017 and really enjoyed the experience of the chateau and the wonderful grounds. My reason for only awarding three stars is that when I required the loo I discovered the only men's cubicle in quite a mess! I did the right thing in approaching the guy at the entrance desk informing him of the situation and assumed that he would put a cleaner into action only to get his response that it was a busy time of year?! We then spent some time (1-2 hours) wandering around the grounds and I checked the toilet before we left and nothing had been done! Clearly this is a problem and should be urgently rectified.
  • Not to big but beautifully restored chateau. the scenography is amazing. And after the visit, you can relax in a nice little park.
  • Very nice château situated in a cute village. Can get a little bit crowded in comparison to some other nearby chateau but it's not too bad. I recommend getting coffee at the on-site cafe; nothing beats good coffee with the view of such a beautiful castle.
  • Truly an underrated castle. It has some of the most interesting interior architecture I've sewn in all the chateaus I've visited and the grounds are lovely. Unfortunately, a large part was under construction when I went but the town it's in and the architecture haven't ceased to amaze me!

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Where to stay in Azay-le-Rideau

Major accommodations in Azay-le-Rideau sit north of the Loire in the town center. There, you'll discover traditional guesthouses with dining areas spilling out into the streets, close to shops and bars. Some grand old hotels also operate in the center, and off along the regional roads that lead east out of town. For a wider selection of accommodation types, check out all that's available in nearby Tours.
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