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Domain of Chaumont-sur-Loire

Address: Chaumont-sur-Loire, France
Phone Number: +33 2 54 20 99 22
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Less than 200 kilometres south of Paris, nestling between the cities of Tours and Blois, is a haven...
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Type: Castles, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Less than 200 kilometres south of Paris, nestling between the cities of Tours and Blois, is a haven of poetry. A natural oasis, a headland stretching out 40 metres above the wild Loire, Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire, owned by the Centre Region, welcomes the public all year round to its chateau and park and, from April to the end of October, to the unmissable International Garden Festival. Whatever the season, the chateau - once the home of Catherine de Medici, Diane de Poitiers and Princess de Broglie - beckons you indoors to admire its welcoming and lavishly furnished interiors. The International Garden Festival has been providing a unique panorama of landscape design all over the world since 1992. At the same time a source of ideas and a nursery for talent, the Festival gives an extra boost to the art of gardens and gains the interest of both the public and those in the trade by displaying new flower arrangements, new materials, new ideas and new approaches. The diversity and the high quality of the projects have contributed to the Festival's international reputation, which has become an indisputable meeting place for displaying the work of a new generation of landscape gardeners, architects, designers or gardeners.

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Wales, United Kingdom
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71 reviews 71 reviews
15 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

The exterior of the castle is breahtaking. It's like a fairy tale castle. Inside is nicely decorated and furnished too. Bear in mind that you have to walk up the hill to get to the castle, but it's worth it.

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New Mexico
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21 reviews 21 reviews
16 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

There are several that are grouped together and the history and legends of same are incredible as well as the castles themselves.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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193 reviews 193 reviews
130 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

One more lovely chateau of the Loire Valley: beautiful grounds with winding paths, lawns, bright flower beds... It is an English garden, very different from well aligned French style gardens. The exterior is magnificent: a real example of mighty fortifications built on the top of the hill. I loved the vast open view of the Loire Valley from the terrace... More 

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Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
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151 reviews 151 reviews
63 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

This was our first trip to Chaumont and we were very impressed. The chateau does contain some furnishings, they have a carriage house and the chapel is beautiful. We did not purchase the audio just roamed through and read the information that was provided in each of the rooms. Make sure you have a good set of walking shoes because... More 

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Northampton
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31 reviews 31 reviews
24 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

It must have been tough for Diane de Poitiers to leave Chenonceau for Chaumont after being forced to "trade" with Catherine de Medici! This Chateau and out-buildings are gorgeous especially in the exterior. Do the standard tour on the inside, but beware of spending too much time inside if that means it will take away from your time spent walking... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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65 reviews 65 reviews
44 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

This is a lovely Château to visit with well-kept gardens and a pleasant walk from the street-parking. The interior is well kept and there's multi-lingual explanations of what is on display.

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Perth, Australia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
13 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

The chateaux itself is nice without being anything too unique on the Loire, but the art exhibition that is in the apartments at the top of the chateaux is really something. The rooms have not been 'beautified' as is so often the case in the chateaux, so its really nice to see the derelict walls and floorboards, juxtaposed with some... More 

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Beaconsfield, United Kingdom
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6 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

we " did " five of the Loire Chateaux in 3 days and this was perhaps the most beautiful of them set in a great position overlooking the Loire with large and lovely gardens and good cultural and food facilities - the interior of the Chateau is also well worth a visit

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

This was the second chateau that we saw. The first was chateau Chenonceau which as been lovingly maintained throughout the years. This one has a wonderful exterior. However inside you can see how it has been re-purposed throughout the years. 25% of the interior is in near original condition. The rest of it has been altered and not for the... More 

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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124 attraction reviews
165 helpful votes 165 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

The walk up to the chateau is a long, gentle climb, with wide stairs the entire way--this could be a real challenge for those with mobility issues. Once you reach the top of the access, you'll begn to see the many art installations that abound. Some are wonderful extensions of the environment, while others seem out of touch with the... More 

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