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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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San Francisco, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Villandry was my favorite chateau in the Loire Valley--and it had nothing to do with impressive buildings. Villandry has unique and vast gardens tended by 19 full time gardeners. I was awestruck by their beauty, especially the section devoted to growing vegetables for their beautiful colors and shapes. I have never seen anything like it. Also impressed that Villandry donates... More

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Having seen and heard so much about the Gardens I was expecting to be disappointed but was not! They were magnificent. Had a wonderful day here.

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Tillsonburg, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

We stopped here on recommendation from our bed and breakfast owner. We did not tour the chateaus a lot, just a couple of them, but these gardens really blew my mind. It is one thing to build a castle on such a grand scale, but it something completely different to plan, plant, and maintain a garden of this mass for... More

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wiltshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

great formal garden and has a little wild area as well. superbly well maintained and design outstanding. Did not bother with chateau - can't be doing with guided tours at a French person's pace! Often in France they a have little in them although you do get a feel for the period. Fireplaces usually good!

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Chatham, United Kingdom
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

The gardens are delightful and enjoyable to walk round. A lot of work goes into the upkeep of these formal gardens and the effort is much appreciated. Note that there are no places inside the Chateau or gardens to get a drink or something to eat so either eat before you go in or on the way out - there... More

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London, United Kingdom
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8 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

One of the best Chateaux to visit in the Loire Valley. This was our second visit to this property, and we were not disappointed. Parking is relatively easy - and free - and it's definitely worth visiting both the chateau and its wonderful gardens. Well presented and looked after

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Bloomingdale, NJ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

While we were waiting on line to buy tickets, a couple of travelers told us not to bother with the chateau. There are so many more interesting ones in the Loire Valley and this particular chateau is still occupied by the owner. Hence, only parts of it are open to visits. You can buy a separate ticket for the gardens... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We visited here whilst on a tour in France. We did not go inside the chateau but we certainly enjoyed the gardens. I loved the different patterns, shapes and colours in all of the manicured gardens; both ornamental and functional (vegetables). Being able to view the gardens from the second floor terraces as well as at ground level added to... More

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Nottingham
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

The gardens are an absolute must see but do not underestimate the chateau itself. Both are well worth the 10 euros price.

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California
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21 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

It's obvious by the way that you can only buy a ticket to see either the gardens or the gardens + chateau at Villandry that the its gardens are the main draw. They do not disappoint in any way, as there is something there for everyone. They show the best of manicured french gardens, being both beautiful and, in the... More

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