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“worth a visit”

Chateau de Valencay
Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Valencay
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed September 6, 2012

The chateau stands ahead on a hill as you approach from the north. Plenty of free parking and you are greeted by lovely, well tended grounds. The house has free audio guides which were in good english and managed to be just right in amount of information and easy to listen to, with extra if wanted.
I learnt a lot about Talleyrand and his family.
There was a good cafe/restaurant overlooking the formal gardens. There were wild flower lawns ( a bit past their best now in September) but you could see they had been lovely Peacocks and deer were easy to see and there was a maze and other things for children.
We walked round the small town as well, small shops and restaurants open in season.

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Reviewed August 20, 2012

Great chateau with free parking and audio guides in several languages. We chose to use the brochure as our guide as we like to take our own time. so many unexpected things to see, links with the Spanish royals, importance within the local area etc. The wildflower gardens were spectacular and something I had not seen before in a formal garden setting. There is a cafe but also picnic areas, children's play park and lots of walks. But I have saved the best for last....the labyrinth. Well it was trickier than anticipated with lots of history clues. We all loved it and it was the perfect end to the visit.

1  Thank Claire E
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Reviewed July 12, 2012

Great chateau, full of furniture and with a fascinating history - well worth a visit. Plenty for the children to do - maze, little farm, peacocks, climbing area etc

Thank Stanley B
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Reviewed July 5, 2012

I did not expect Valencay to be so stunning. I have visited all the Loire Castle and this one might as well be my favourite. First, as it s a bit further from Blois and Tours, very little tourists come there, so you are likely to have the castle for you alone. The park is a wonder and the castle a great visit. As it's more of a 18th century place, it's quite different from the other castles (Chenonceaux, Chambord, Amboise) and the best part is that it's fully furnished.
Go there, you won't regret it!

1  Thank Martin M
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Reviewed July 1, 2012

Big and scenic, good audio guide to all rooms and objects, plus some historical background. Pleasant walk in the park, with some stops to the entrance of some caves (not seen any bat) and an old tavern, used by the royal Spanish prisoners during their captivity.
Pity that the deers were too far to be seen. Others farm animals more approachable.
Funny maze with questions to open doors and deforming mirrors (there was nobody): for children and children in heart.

1  Thank aa27
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