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Château de Villandry, Villandry

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Considered by many people to be the most beautiful gardens anywhere, Château de Villandry owner, Henri Carvallo, proudly and jovially keeps the property maintained in immaculate condition for your enjoyment. Its famous Renaissance gardens, include a water garden, ornamental flower gardens, and vegetable gardens. The garden layout includes formal patterns created with low box hedges. You can learn more about the gardens and castle with a guided tour available in English. Take your sweetheart on a carriage ride, and then play tennis on the real grass court complete with free rule sheets for the classic game. Use our Villandry vacation route planner to visit Château de Villandry on your trip to Villandry, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • and mm in the winter when there are so few flowers, the gardens are fantastic, an art to the French and know that only 10 gardeners realize this, it's extraordinary...
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  • A beautiful castle! I advise you to visit the inside as well as outside, the 2 are worth visiting! Magnificent gardens or can stay until the night falls
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  • I've never visited the Castle, but I did the gardens several times. They are really beautiful even in winter! There are lots of colors! The visit at night with candles illuminating the garden and the fireworks at the end is really nice even if it takes to queue! To do!
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  • If you love gardens or gardening, this Chateau is not to be missed. With a fascinating history, the chateau is lovely and interesting, but the gardens are the real draw. Recreated from research into the chateau's past, they are a combination of the French compulsion to control nature by shaping every tree, shrub and plant into topiaries, hedges and espaliers, and flowers, herbs and vegetable gardens that make it hard to resist leaping over the fences and harvesting gorgeous produce. Oh, to live here!
  • The gardens are outstanding - perfect examples of formal French style with knot gardens and the use of vegetables and edible plants to form structured, highly attractive beds. There are shaded, vine-clad walks, woodland, views and vistas, a wonderful lake shaped like a mirror flanked by clipped box trees and a moat filled with gulping carp. The Château is interesting (filled with family treasures - the place is still privately owned).
  • This castle is mostly known for its gardens (for a good reason) but the interiors are also much more interesting than in other castles of the region.
  • Great place to visit. The gardens are just beautiful. Family oriented. Kids love the maze in the garden.
  • Been twice now, seen the chateau once. I love it. Best gardens in France. The potager gardens are my absolute favourite.