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Château de Valençay, Valencay

(4.1/5 based on 420+ reviews on the web)
The central pavilion tower of Château de Valençay is the crowning jewel of Renaissance architecture in France. Empire styles of Louis XVI combine with Regency styles to create a harmonious overall style of luxury. At Emperor Napoleon's request, the builder Talleyrand built the "Little Theater" designed to entertain the Princess of Spain. Stroll along with an English-speaking tour guide who will finish your trip in the West Wing basement where the old kitchen, pantry, and cellar still exist. Plan to visit Château de Valençay and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Valencay attractions using our Valencay vacation route planner.
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Reviews
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  • The welcome is friendly, visit is pleasant, and Talleyrand history is interesting, and the audio-guide included in the entrance fee is a plus. However during our visit, a large scaffold to restore one of the towers has a little "embarrassed" our appreciation. Inside the castle is not in the best condition, unfortunately, but it was still a pretty well organized tour. The gardens are not the most beautiful of the Loire, but we enjoyed the small farm with the adorable baby goats and sheep babies born a few weeks ago.
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  • We enjoyed a good few hours wandering around this beautifully kept renaissance chateau with superb preserved furniture obtained from different countries. The Prince de Talleyrand enjoyed the finer thi...  more »
  • The visit was very nice. The friendly, interesting guided tour. The furnishing of the Castle contributes to its very big and very rich country house charm. In the off-season, we have the privilege to enjoy the atmosphere of the place without being disturbed. I had then great pleasure to explore the park with my dog for a ride that should be 3/4 km. Because Yes, they accept get back get his dog to the Park even if it is not accepted in the Castle (which is normal).
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  • While the inside is interesting, the exterior gardens and ponds are shabby and desperately need upgrading. A veritable disappointment as it is some ways off the Loire beaten track and there are so many wonderful places to visit.
  • I love this place, great venue for a wedding ( Hey Glenn G & Anna C ) ... We look forward to it 💍👰💕😘😊
  • Interesting inside, attractive outside
  • Beautiful and a bit less famous castle. Provides an interesting look into Napoleontic France. Beautiful garden and seriously complicated labyrinth, which the children will appreciate.
  • Nice gardens