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! Add Chateau de Vendeuvre and other attractions to your Vendeuvre trip itinerary using our Vendeuvre day trip planning app .
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  • I came here and I took my boyfriend because the gardens really marked me! However I didn't remember that the miniatures and the visit of the Castle didn't like me... Or so when I was little I liked it but not anymore! I don't care! We entered the castle we paid our seats there would be 12:30. We had not yet eaten and we had brought nothing. I will therefore see the Lady of hospitality and I told him that we would go out buy something to have a picnic. This nice lady like everything was even told or found himself the supermarket more ready. So after visiting thumbnails and the Castle (it was slightly sloppy) we ate in the Park of the Castle (in the slots provided for this purpose) and we are go for walks in the gardens. I LOOOVE the gardens and their water jets! In a hot afternoon of August, that is what it is refreshing and the gardens are beautiful.
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  • absolutely charming place where you can look at an exhibition of miniatures furniture and assess the works on restoration of the home and garden, visiting dog and cat houses and transport boxes, view live maze, Shelly Grotto and fountains (cracker idea which Monsieur Graf learned in Peterhof), will find in the garden is absolutely wonderful secluded corners or picnic area
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  • It was the count and his lady and his son themselves who showed us the castle and the gardens; very nice people who told us the history! Unforgettable visit  more »
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  • The "castle" is indeed a bit run down and very crowded with furniture from multiple rooms simply crowded into fewer rooms. But it's well worth a visit for the gardens alone, which are wonderful and very entertaining for children. The entry for the castle and the gardens is 9 euros but if you want to visit the miniature furniture collection you'll have to pay 12.
  • Brilliant . Thoroughly enjoyed my visit
  • 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.
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