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Chateau de Chenonceau
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Beautiful country villa surrounded by a moat and inspired by the Italian Renaissance.
Reviewed June 3, 2010

The most replicated image of all the castles of the Loire.
Memorized and recognizable by the lean-bridge and gallery receptions over it. Women's castle, built by women for women, that really bothers me. I remember a gorgeous bouquets of flowers, which the team florists me twice a week (some I touched, because my eyes refused to believe that the flowers alive), and an impressive kitchen, where right on the dining table planted seedlings. Although the gardens are in a very skeletal condition and we have not seen all possible their beauty, it was impossible not to visit. It's a "business card" of the Valley.

In the annexe there is a wax museum. Nothing outstanding, but you can look at historical figures. In small stands you can touch the materials from which costumes are made. The materials are beautiful, but thorny and tough.

Thank Irunchick
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Reviewed May 16, 2010

During a recent week's holiday in the Loire Valley, we visited more than 10 chateaux. Many were fabulous, all were interesting, but Chenonceau was fabulous. The gardens were gorgeous and the flower arrangements found throughout the chateau were just wonderful. The food in the Orangerie was out of this world. Luckily it was not high season, so the crowds were reasonable. That would be the only downside of a visit.

Thank ZurichKashew
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Reviewed February 14, 2010

We visited just a few of the chateaus in the Loire region during our stay and this was our favorite of them (Chateau de Villandry's gardens were by far the best of all/photos posted under same) but as far as dwellings this is wonderful. The history adds to the mystique and beauty of the chateau and it's surroundings. Visit was late May so gardens here were not in full bloom, but the grounds were spectacular, especially the enormous cedar which was several hundred years old. The chateau is a must-see if you are exploring the Loire region which is quite pretty in itself.

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Reviewed November 20, 2009

When my partner was looking for somewhere beautiful to propose, the concierge of a hotel in Paris told him to look no further than Chenonceau. With no set plans we booked train tickets from Paris to the Loire Valley and disembarked at a quaint platform of Chenonceaux. A path led us to the centre of town and we were delighted to find ourselves transported to a place of such beauty and charm only 3 hours from Paris .
We were advised to book a room at the Hotel de Rosarie and were extremely pleased; it had everything necessary for a romantic stay in the countryside.
The owners were friendly and attentive while giving us the space required. We settled in to our room and refreshed before making our way to dinner in the small restaurant. Being a vegetarian I had struggled while travelling through Europe to find quality vegetarian meals but had no trouble at this restaurant. The chef would make anything to order. After several glasses of French champagne we stumbled back to our room and comfortable bed.
The next day we awoke to a sumptuous breakfast and afterwards the owner offered us his own bicycle and that of his wife's to ride to the nearby towns and see the very place where Leonardo da Vinci had lived and loved. We were pinching ourselves as we rode through some of the most rustic countryside, past vineyards, under forest leaves, amongst fields of poppies and finally into the two chateaus where Da Vinci spent the last years of his life. Viewing the underground tunnels (that he used to visit his love) and seeing his marvellous inventions on display were incredible. The chateaus and surrounding villages evoked the ages. Truly remarkable viewing - especially considering they were built in the 11-12th centuries. After riding for several hours we had worked up quite an appetite and practically devoured the baguettes, freshly made chocolates and locally made wine. The blue skies, fresh air and warm rays of sunshine added to what was quickly becoming the perfect day. By the afternoon we had made it back to Chenonceaux and the Hotel de Rosarie. We wandered down to the pool to find no one else was around. Swimming in the seclusion offered by the neighbouring hedges we swam and sunbaked, all the time under the heady scent of jasmine, lavender and rose. Finally we pulled ourselves away and wandered over the road to the Chateau de Chenonceau. The grounds were near closing time so we paid our money and began the walk through the gardens of women. There are two main gardens, one designed by King Henri's mistress, Diane(a) and one by his wife, Catherine. You then cross a draw bridge and enter the Chateau. It was one of the most beautiful (if not the) in the whole Loire Valley. The rooms offer stunning views down river as the Chateau itself is built in a series of archways from one river bank to the other. This chateau is full of history and you can almost imagine yourself living the opulent life of a queen. The grandeur is overwhelming. Finally as we made our way back out into the gardens, the sun was setting on what had been a perfect day. It was then that my partner chose to propose. After it happened we were so excited that we simply wanted to share the good news with someone but found the grounds completely empty. We were in one of the most romantic places on earth, we were engaged and we were pleasantly alone.
We practically floated back to the hotel only to find that the owner and chef had prepared a most incredible 5 course meal for us. Rose petals were scattered across the table and champagne was waiting (complimentary). The gastronomic feast we had that night still leaves me breathless. It was to this day, some of the best food I've ever tasted. A local musician performed while we ate and finally danced. The owner suggested we move outside and others joined us on the balcony, under the stars. That night when I thought about all of the wondrous things we had seen, places we had visited, people we had met and food we had eaten, all I could think was that this day in Chenonceaux had been the best day of my life.

7  Thank YearofAdventures
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Reviewed October 30, 2009

Visiting this castle you'll have to compete with the hoards of tourists from the tourist buses, however, the castle is well worth a visit mainly because its beautiful setting. The rooms are fairly interesting even if a feeling of things just being placed there for the tourists. The mix of things from different time periods is confusing, but even so the rooms are nicely decorated with fresh flowers and everything. The kitchen is well worth a visit - it looks very old but is actually rather new (installed during 1st world war) compared to the rest of the castle. The wax museum in a nearby house is sort of interesting, but a little worn down. I wouldn't pay extra for it, but at some occasions the wax museum is included in the castle entrance ticket.

Thank dgjohansson
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