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Chateau de Chaumont-sur-Loire

Chaumont-sur-Loire, France
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Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Castles, Historic Sites
Description: This 15th-century château, known for the wonderful views it provides of the Loire Valley, was once the home of Catherine de Medici.
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Cravant, France
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36 reviews 36 reviews
15 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

France is renowned for its formal gardens. Here at Chaumont every year is something a little different. A themed garden design festival that attracts designers from all over the world as well as France. Living locally we are lucky to be able to visit a couple of times. The festival opens in April until October, so over the months the... More

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Inverkip, United Kingdom
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86 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

There is so much to see, visiting this Château, which isn't very big but it has rare painted ceilings, majolica floors, furniture from different centuries, excellent wallpaper, etc. and best views towards the Loire River and its islands. The English landscaped park covers an area of 21 hectares and was designed by Henri Duchêne. There are a lot of installations... More

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Canberra, Australia
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95 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

The Chateau is one of the more interesting ones in the Loire Valley. The design and layout is similar to other chateaus, but each has its own story to tell. The artwork and artefacts from different periods help to give insights about the importance of these buildings in French history. The stained glass exhibition was also interesting. The view from... More

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Lake Oswego, OR
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33 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

Chateau Chaumont is not one of the big three, but it's well worth visiting if you have time. It's easy to get to if you're in the region. At one time it was owned by Catherine Medici, swapped for Chenonceau to Diane Poitier. (You can learn more about them at Chenonceau). What was great about this one were the nice... More

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Brooklyn, New York
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64 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

The garden festival in 2013 was so poor I couldn't believe it, The displays looked like a middle school project and were not artistic in design or professional in execution. Check this out carefully so you don't waste your time--hopefully, future years will be better! The lines for food service were very, very long. The chateau grounds have wonderful permanent... More

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Hertfordshire
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13 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

The weather was very mixed on the day we visited but we managed to see all the gardens and the chateau itself. The artworks in the various outbuildings and the chateau itself were very interesting. Some of the upper rooms in the chateau which housed artworks reminded us of palazzi we visited during the Venice Biennale this year - in... More

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Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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13 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

It was raining when I visited the chateau, so passed on the Garden Festival unfortunately. However, the chateau is well worth the visit, as are the stables. Some fascinating modern art displayed in various places.

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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

Whilst the garden festival alone is well worth the visit to this chateau, don't miss out a wander around the main house. The historic parts of the castle are well kept but the "art gallery" in the loft space reflects the true state of how the "non-visitor" areas normal state. Quit amazing some of the treasures kept up there. The... More

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Bucharest, Romania
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88 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

The Chateau is nicely restored, so homelike with recent pictures and fresh flowers. The view from the top of the Chateau over the gardens was spectacular. A trip to the Loire Valley would be incomplete if you did not take in these fabulous gardens, which are an absolute treasure.

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Norwich UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

This, my 5th visit to the International Garden Festival over the past; what; 15, years; time to write a review. It gets better and better in terms of things to do and see (though for me the best Festival so far was 2010) but this year the photo exhibitions were brilliant - the Japanese gardens and the Loire river sand... More

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