Chenonceau is a breathtakingly beautiful chateau with two formal walled gardens, a vegetable garden, donkey park and surrounded by a moat. On a sunny day it is a beautiful relaxing visit with plenty to see both inside the chateau and in the grounds. The gardens are pretty and fragrant and the kitchen garden in particular is so lovely with vegetable patches cordoned off with vines. There are six donkeys in the donkey park and a cute white pony which the children couldn't get enough of!
The interior of the chateau has a large number of restored rooms and the kitchen area is particularly interesting with a decent collection of kitchen paraphernalia.
The chateau itself did get very crowded during our visit which made it fairly difficult to view the interior. We also noticed that many families had brought small children with them who appeared to become bored and restless. There isn't really much there which would be of interest to children. Another major issue was the lack of toilet facilities. For such a busy attraction there were only 3 women's toilets in each block and there were long queues.
We chose to spend the entire day at Chenonceau which proved sensible as it really is a full day excursion. If you have your own transport I would advise taking a picnic as you will have to leave your food in your car. For vegetarians like us there was little by way of choice for lunch.
Overall a lovely day out.
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