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Chateau du Lude, Le Lude

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#4 of 7 in Historic Sites in Sarthe
Castle Tourist Spot
Chateau du Lude defended Anjou from the attacking Normans, and later from the English during the Hundred Years' War. But it wasn’t until the end of the 14th century that this château got the makeover that turned it into a perfect example of Italian Renaissance architecture abroad. Surrounding the grandeur of the castle, find serenity in the form of landscaped gardens. Inside, tour immaculately preserved and renovated rooms that recall the aristocratic lifestyle of another era. Gilded walls and Raphael-inspired murals will enchant you as you stroll through the different salons and vestibules. See Chateau du Lude and all Le Lude has to offer by arranging your trip with our Le Lude vacation generator.
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  • We visited the gardens only, which are surprisingly large. Sadly the kitchen garden and orangery are not usually open to the public. There are formal gardens including a rose garden and then more rust...  more »
  • There are more twists in the family tree of the present-day owners of this beautiful chateau than there are on an average old-fashioned corkscrew - just looking at the line of descent makes you rather...  more »
  • We watched the start of Le Lude Renaissance festival and wandered around the stalls until the chateau re-opened at 2pm. Cost €5 each (usually €8.50). Small shop selling gifts / souvenirs. We received ...  more »
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  • If you are pushed for time, stop for a drink on the Terrace which has a great view of the Château.
  • Very nice Castle but the visit is not very interesting despite the smile of the guide. In addition we visit few pieces throughout the Castle, shame... Finally I am disappointed at not being able to take a picture
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  • Nice little castles. With d age different constructions. It does not have a big historical role. Rather family. The visit is exclusively guided. Interior photos banned as lived.
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  • We went there the weekend of the gardeners, only so over 18 years pay €8 entry however not tour but the castle remains accessible! We took advantage of the lovely carriage ride to discover the extensive Castle Park... the kids loved the underpass, the labyrinths and the pancakes in the kitchen of the Castle
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  • Magnificent Castle completely restored and still inhabited. The gardens are beautiful. The place is quiet and relaxing.
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