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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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99 reviews 99 reviews
25 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We decided not to tour the chateau itself and just limited our visit to the gardens. Even with this chosen option, our visit to Villandry still remained an amazing experience to remember. My husband and I spent over two hours roaming the gardens, taking pictures at every angle.

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Rosebud, Australia
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW via mobile

We just loved our visit to this Chateau, the gardens were just magnificent and even better than any documentary we had seen before we went to France. Arrive early and you do beat the crowds and also the heat in summer. Take the time to visit and explore all the gardens - they are all different and beautiful in there... More

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Sydney Australia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
16 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Villandry lived up to all our expectations! We arrived at the chateau and gardens at 9am and beat all the crowds. It was perfect and gave us a wonderful opportunity to take photos and explore on our own. The sun was just in the right spot too! Villandry is one of the best examples of Renaissance formal gardens in the... More

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San Francisco, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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
3 reviews 3 reviews
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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
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

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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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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31 reviews 31 reviews
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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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27 reviews 27 reviews
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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25 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
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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