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Château de Villandry, Villandry

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Castle Historic Site
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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  • Great chateau. But gardens are main attraction. There are three terraces: water garden, ornamental garden and kitchen garden. Don't miss them!  more »
  • I said when we visited Villandry for the first time over 15 years ago that it was the most beautiful place on earth.I stand by what i said ,it js stuningly,jaw droppingly beautiful.The gardens are abs...  more »
  • This was by far my favorite stop of many among the Chateuax of the Loire. Not to be missed. The gardens are jaw dropping and I enjoyed the stroll. The views from the belvedere are the best way to get ...  more »
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  • Excellent day out. The car parks are extensive and have picnic tables. The château and gardens are good value for money and you could spend the whole day in the gardens. The château is fascinating, and there is plenty of information in both français and English. Of you have money to burn at the end of your visit then the magasin du jardin has much better stuff than the obligatory "you can't get to the exit without going through the shop" shop. A good day out. Recommend.
  • The garden is perfect! Even with the rain we had a great time. Only the price is excessive: 8€ as students.
  • On the 10 June 1940, the French Government fled Paris in an attempt to get across the Loire river before the advancing German army could cut them off and capture them. The Foreign Ministry staff arrived at the Château de Villandry, whilst the Minister, Jean Chauvel made his way to the Château de Langeais, 25km distant. With cars "as rare as horses on the field of Bosworth", and telephones equally scarce, the only link between the two was a primitive and temperamental old field telephone. Other French Government members were billeted in different châteaux around the Loire department- this area played a short but not insignificant part in the shameful episode of French history that is May and June 1940, the pitiful end of the Third Republic.
  • I've now been to quite a number of the Chateau of The Loire and this was definitely my favourite- lots to see, sensational gardens and a beautiful house. I'd thoroughly recommend a visit.
  • The Villandry Castle is another must stop on the Loire Valley Tour. Needless to say that thr main attraction are the gardens: just amazing! Make sure you also play around the maze. Parking for free nearby.

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