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Chateau de Villandry

3 rue principale, 37510 Villandry, France
33 (0) 2 47 50 02 09
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Ranked #1 of 1 attractions in Villandry
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles, Gardens, Historic Sites
Activities: Walking
Fee: Yes
Description: A monumental countryside villa surrounded by world-famous gardens, organized in the classic French Renaissance style.
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

Definitely see this inside of the house....but it's the gardens that are truly memorable here! I would give it a 5 if I could just review the gardens.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

This castle is immense! The dwelling is well presented with period furniture and information available to visitors. The climb to the roof is well worth the effort for the stunning view of the grounds and surrounds. Entry for the chateau and gardens is ticketed separately and both are exquisite. It was great to be able to do the self-guided tour... More

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New York
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67 reviews 67 reviews
48 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

This chateau has hosted the likes of Philip II, Richard I, and Napoleon. While the building itself is very interesting (good audio tour), the Renaissance gardens are the highlight of this site. Water features, sculpted hedges, formal floral patterns, and vegetables are all present. Fortunately, there is long, sloping walkway from the house to the gardens that offers visitors a... More

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Bologna, Italy
18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Absolutely mandatory for visitors of Loire castles. Everything is striking and the guided tours are well managed

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We spent the morning here, and it was stunning. The gardens are just stunning, and absolutely the focal point for a trip here. The house is very interesting, and the story is fascinating- though not the main purpose for a visit. Little is revealed of the historical relevance of the Chateau, if there is any at all. There isn't very... More

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Christchurch, United Kingdom
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5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

We visited this garden and house on a some what drizzly morning, however it did not distract from the enjoyment of walking in the gardens (however, I would not suggest going in driving rain.) the garden at the beginning of August was still colourful and interesting. It would be a garden to take children to as there was plenty for... More

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Navi Mumbai, India
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Enchanting is the word I come across, every time I think of chateau villandry. We went there in late June and the weather was perfect and wasn't tht crowded. We went by bus from Tours that had a limited service. So we took the bus around 13.30 pm from tours and the next bus back from villandry was around 18.10pm... More

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los angeles
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Very much enjoyed the grounds of this chateau. Peaceful, serene. The interior of the chateau offers a lot of info re the owners but seems of less historical significance than say, Chenonceau. But worth a visit for the gardens.

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 via mobile

Have wanted to visit since I saw it on TV and I was not disappointed, the gardens are breath taking , absolutely fabulous and inspiring. Not to be missed

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

We had been through the Loire Valley once before and skipped over Villandry in favor of the bigger name chateaux. This time we were on bikes, and Villandry was on our route. These are the most amazing, entertaining gardens you can imagine. You can--and should--spend hours touring them. By the way, if you are looking for a great do-it-yourself bike... More

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