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“Still occupied” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Chateau du Lude

Chateau du Lude
Rue du General de Gaulle, 72800 Le Lude, France
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Ranked #1 of 1 Attractions in Le Lude
Type: Castles, Cultural
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London, England
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76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
“Still occupied”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2012

Much of the charm comes from the chateau being still occupied so that there are family photos amongst the furnishings and the pleasant guide peppered her talk with stories of the owners. The guide was also very accommodating, speaking first in French then ushering the local visitors into the next room before giving the same explanation in very good English for the other nationalities present.

Visited August 2012
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“Major Loire Valley Castle”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2012

Famous for it's Spring Garden festival the first weekend of June, where owner Countess de Nicolaÿ gives out the Redouté Rose prize as well, I initially visited Le Lude more for just the gardens. What a fabulous surprise it was to discover the extraordinary history, architecture and furnishings as well. Château du Lude is definitely one of THE major grand Loire Valley castles. And one of the only ones still privately owned, where you will often encounter the owners in the garden, even trimming the roses, or else arranging bouquets in the reception rooms. The setting is incredibly romantic, on the embankments of the buccolic Loir river (the small Loir river, without an "e", the one where there are no maddening crowds of tourists, and you can discover quaint villages with authentic and friendly people. It lies just about 15 miles North of the larger Loire, overcrowded from May till september). The castle itself dates back to the middle ages, and was owned by the infamous Gilles de Retz, companion of arms of Joan of Arc. It's main part was rebuilt in the Renaissance, with intricate sculpture around the windows, and a further wing added on in the XVIIIth century.

Visited March 2012
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