Park and Chateau de Beauregard, Cellettes

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The Château de Beauregard is a Renaissance castle in the Loire Valley in France. It is located on the territory of the commune of Cellettes, a little south of the city of Blois and a few miles from other famous Loire châteaux such as Cheverny. Although still inhabited, it can be visited by tourists. The castle is renowned for its Gallery of portraits decorated in the 17th century with 327 portraits of famous people.HistoryMost of the castle was built around 1545, when it was bought by Jean du Thiers, Lord of Menars, and Secretary of State to Henri II. The commissioned interior included frescoes on the fireplace of the royal chamber, which have survived. In the Great Gallery there is a fireplace in Italian style from this period. However its main feature was commissioned by Paul Ardier, Comptroller of Wars and Treasurer, who bought the château in 1617. He added further interior decorations over the next few decades, including a gallery of portraits.The castle is built on the edge of the Russy Forest.The ruins of a chapel, prior to the fifteenth century, are still visible in the park. It shows, in stone, shell of the pilgrims of Saint Jacques de Compostela and the motto of the crusaders "God the Volt."The original manor house was built in the late fifteenth century by the family Doulcet. Jean Doulcet, Master of the House of Coins of Duke Charles of Orleans. In 1495, Louis of Orleans (future Louis XII), erected in the land of Beauregard lordship, was authorized by Edict build a dovecote.
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  • Disappointed - very beautiful castle from the outside, a beautiful park - but inside a guided tour for the heritage days on the run - an interesting gallery of portraits but next to beautiful furniture "marred" by photos of dogs who do not thing to do with the story - hard mixture of genres.
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  • Very beautiful castle, in a beautiful green setting. The field and the visit are really nice. A lot of history and the cultural side is really well done.
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  • I understand that they can enter this castle during the heritage days: on the one hand the castle remains paid like any other day of the year (10 euros instead of 12.50 euros), we can understand that one has to participate in the maintenance of this private Castle , but we can expect for the heritage days to pay at least half the usual rate. AND a reminder: private castles also enjoy certain tax exemptions and public assistance! On the other hand, one of the main assets which seems to be the Gallery of portraits, like the kitchen, the Chapel and much else besides, didn't us even suggested to date visit the: is the 2.50 Euro discount which justified these deprivations ? Part of the Park was also closed. Overall 3 or 4 rooms to visit and a very trivial sum garden. In short a price not justified for a visit frankly disappointing.
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  • The site is absolutely too expensive. €12.50 for an adult when Cheverny is only €10.50 and has much more to offer. That said, the portrait room is stunning. The grounds are charming. They could really benefit from allowing more of the chateau to be viewed.
  • Too many other spectacular places to see to waste the time and money visiting here. Agree with other reviewers that the price of admission is too high, limited things to see, inadequate facilities and needs some attention.
  • Park was OK though there were almost no flowers
  • Awesome landscape!
  • The gardens are unique! Small but beautiful château!

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