Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire

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Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire

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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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Tanmouss
Oslo, Norway1,683 contributions
History, art, nature
May 2021 • Family
It was a beautiful discovery as this place mixes the charm of the old imposing castle, the beautifully selected art pieces lodged in the stables, and gardens turned into art pieces. To really enjoy the visit go on a sunny day and take the time to enjoy the full experience.
Written May 30, 2021
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1sinatra17
Leeds, UK3 contributions
International Garden Festival
Oct 2020
Inspirational. Many rooms on a theme, Mother Earth, each full of
Clever planting and blending of materials.
Written October 4, 2020
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ithaca96
Colmar, France334 contributions
Such a wonderful and inspiring combination of history, architecture, parkland, gardens and contemporary art.
Aug 2020
The extensive old park is full av majestic old cedars, intermingled with great installations by top contemporary artist. Throughout the magnificent chateau there are also a variety of exctiting and original artworks and installations, from the library with shelves filled with glass books! to the superlight feather-scuplture in the old kitchens.
The other great attraction is of course the Festival des Jardins, where landscape architects have created lovely small gardens, witty, surprising and original. Depending on your interests, you will need at least one whole day to see the gardens, another for the artworks. The two-day ticket is very practical. There is ample parking space, and several restaurants, also a wonderful bookshop in the chateau, and another great shop in the garden area.
Written September 17, 2020
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katinka
Rotterdam, The Netherlands8 contributions
Beautiful
Aug 2020 • Friends
Gorgeous castle and interesting art display. A smart one-way route for corona safety and everyone was demanded to wear a mask. Tickets were €19 for adults! and €12 for university students. Had a blast
Written August 22, 2020
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TravellerChamonix
Roosendaal, The Netherlands102 contributions
Nice castle and gardens, with modern art exhibition
Jul 2020
The castle and the gardens were beautiful. In some rooms, modern art is displayed and the gardens are split in small areas where artists have organised plants and flowers in an original way. It is a nice change from the other castles, makes a visit to Chaumont sur Loire castle original and especially interesting.
Written July 27, 2020
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Nonlodico
Paris, France2,571 contributions
For art lovers
Jul 2020
An amazing site a nice castle, but this is not rare in this zone, what is unique is the merge of outstanding contemporary art installations, some permanent and some temporary every summer, and a garden festival which deliver an incredible open air experience. I really enjoyed this visit and I will be back for sure. Covid protocols well in place. Entrance fee 17€ for adults.
Written July 23, 2020
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Multicolour1
Bourges, France11 contributions
Pleased festival was on this year but the rules and unfinished gardens a let down
Jul 2020
I visit the festival every year and was pleased to see that despite the virus/confinement the staff have been able to put the festival on. I will come back but have some comments about this year-sorry...
Obligated to follow an arrowed path around the gardens and what seemed liked a labyrinth if you wanted to just go out for a bit to the restaurant/toilets. This is also meat a lengthy escape at the end that had to go past the gift shop! Eventually the park attendants had the grace to let us through a "no entry" sign. So that being the case you would expect the snack bar to be top when it comes to cleanliness...we had a huge que with just one person taking the money-nobody passed so much as a cloth over the tables outside during the whole time we were there*. They apologised for running out of the hand gel at the dispenser on entry. Later in the toilets of the chateau had bizarre mixed toilets and again no hand gel! The water and ice lolly (le glace at 3.50!) expensive. A bit annoyed that under the circumstances people cannot just take their own picnic and online it says you cant take a bag blah blah-people were walking about with ruck sacks! I think the Chateau is being obliged by law to take measures-unfortunately for all of the stupid nonsense rules-the sensible ones are not being followed!
The park as usual lovely, the garden festival itself-too many of the gardens looked unfinished-its not up to the standard of previous years. There are some lovely exceptions-we had a good visit. We will come back but I think this year has year the rules killed it-and it felt more like an attraction park
Written July 19, 2020
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85Fred69
Paris, France83 contributions
"Festival des Jardins" always wonderful
Jun 2020
Nice castle on the Loire with amazing International Garden Festival in the grounds. A wonderful day to visit this place.
Don't forget the stables !
Written July 10, 2020
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MichaelMc777
Sunnyvale, CA4,573 contributions
Beautiful Château and gardens 😁
May 2019 • Solo
The Château sits on a plateau and has wonderful views of the river and surrounding region. It is in excellent condition and beautifully staged. The gardens are immense and there was a great small gardens competition in May — interesting, creative, and lovely.

Highly recommended!!
Written December 13, 2019
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1IslandMom
Oakland, CA75 contributions
A lesser known gem of a chateau
Sep 2019
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit here! The chateau is well managed - many empty spaces have been used for modern art installations, which provides an interesting juxtaposition of chateau history and art. We managed to visit on a weekend when florists were displaying arrangements in various rooms. Oh wow!! Huge swags of wild flowers and vines covered hutches in the kitchens, decorated sideboards, filled hearths and adorned chandeliers. The history of the chateau made touring all the more interesting.
Written October 6, 2019
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