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Chateau de Vendeuvre, Vendeuvre

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Although this 18th century historic monument is still home to the Vendeuvre family, you are welcome to visit Chateau de Vendeuvre. This site is sure to give you a glimpse of enchanting history and culture. Inside the castle, discover life in the 18th century thanks to a series of moving subjects. In the basement, the kitchens bear witness to day-to-day life.

The orangery houses a miniature furniture museum--the world's very first collection. An exhibition of 17th to 19th century dog kennels is also present, and in the gardens, you will find unique, relaxing fountains. Don’t forget to look for the shell-lined grotto, charming pavilions, and follies as well! Use our Vendeuvre vacation generator to arrange your visit to Chateau de Vendeuvre and other attractions in Vendeuvre.
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  • Really surprised by this place. The chateau is bijou by comparison to one's in the Loire, but the miniature museum is really interesting and the marionettes in the rooms are fun. The garden was the re...  more »
  • We visited this fabulous chateau on a rainy day in October. My partner is a French antiques dealer and he was impressed with the minatures collection which is one of the biggest collections in Europe....  more »
  • The gardens are wonderfull, the castle itself is nothing special, it´s very small and a ticket is way too expensive for what you get. The staff in the castle refused to speak English and they weren´t ...  more »
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  • Wonderful castle. Richly restored and an impressive collection of miniature furniture. Lovely gardens. This spot is worth to be visited
  • Expensive/overpriced and run-down. The chateau itself is sort of OK but is not well-presented - eg all the electric faux-candles are wonky in their stands, as if someone doesn't really care. The grounds are simply second-rate and are not well-cared for. The lawns are mowed but have weeds in them. Topiary hedges out the back were last trimmed ages ago and are ugly. Some weeds in the gardens are literally one meter high. All the water-features and ponds/lakes are disgustingly filthy and stagnant with dead vegetation floating in them. Look like they are never cleaned. For non-French speaking visitors, it is difficult to find your way around the grounds. The direction signs are totally inadequate and the information signs are all in French only. There is an English-language paper-based guide folder for the Chateau itself - but nothing for the rest of the site. If you want a map to find your way around, it costs an extra €2 - on top of the €11 you paid to get in. An €11 entry price is really 'up there' compared to most other similar places we have visited in France. We had high expectations for this visit and it could, and should, have been great. It turned out to be a real disappointment. Very sad. If you have an expensive attraction that purports to show the grandeur of 18th-century high-society French country life, it needs to be very well-presented. Unfortunately this place just looks tired, run-down and uncared-for. I know this review is at odds with others here - but just trying to be objective and fair. No axe to grind - love France - just not this place.
  • Had a wonderful visit at this well-presented site. Made a great day with family out of it. Highly recommended to all.
  • Nice place, very nice garden. Car park shaded (but on grass with bumps). Several types of ticket available depending on what you want to visit. Does not accept the CB. Ban on film or photograph inside the buildings.
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  • Beautiful castle, richly decorated and with many sometimes atypical objects. Bonus: it's rare to visit the kitchens! The collection of miniature furniture impressed me: work, what level of detail! Finally, the grounds are incredible. I had never seen one like this. Me who used to be on my way... We stayed there almost an hour! Lots of mazes, intimate corners of surprises, of "secret" passages... The Alice in the land of wonders. I visit quite some castles, but there I say congratulations! ("Well I say Castle!" Kaa)
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