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“Beautiful castle that looks like it is a computer generated graphic!”

Domain of Chaumont-sur-Loire
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed July 23, 2013

Purposely chose this castle as my 1st castle stop in Loire Valley as I love the look! The place is not very crowded and it is possible to take photo in front of castle with no other passersby. The photo look so good that it was like I was superimposed on a postcard!

There happened to have a garden exhibition and it was nice to wonder in the landscaped exhibits. Weather was cooling and flowers were beautiful!

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Reviewed July 7, 2013

We came to Chaumont for the garden festival and thoroughly enjoyed our day there. The festival gardens are small and varied but also the permanent areas are beautiful and many sculptures are spread around the grounds. The chateau itself is quite small but worth a visit as some of art work is inside - currently David Nash wood carvings.

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Reviewed June 27, 2013

This was our second year at the Festival and one of the reasons we went back to the Loire this year. Firstly, it is NOT trying to copy Chelsea. Whereas Chelsea is 'petal-perfect' and puts on a magnificent show of pure horticultural excellence, which can only last a week, Chaumont runs from spring through to October and its gardens have to look good the whole season. It does not have stalls selling you things - just 33 show gardens, which you can wander around unimpeded by barriers and without crowds of people blocking your view. But most of the gardens are not the sort of design which you would want to copy at home. They are often startling, puzzling or just plain weird. The standard of horticulture is good, but their main aim seems to be to create modern art via the medium of plants and to shake up our views of what a garden is, or ought to be. There are explanatory boards at the entrance to each garden. Sometimes these enhance your understanding of what is meant to be going on but mainly, they are a lot of flowery emotional verbiage, which is best ignored. This year, they have opened a new meadow with around six larger, probably permanent show gardens. These are well worth seeing if you have the time and stamina. To get there, you have to go over a bridge, crossing a road and the gardens are spread out around the field. (The bulk of the gardens are in a quite compact area, with less walking and easy access.) There is also a Valley of Mists - a small ravine with steep slippery steps to the bottom, where mist is blown in clouds every minute or so. If you go to this from the middle of the main show area, be sure to turn both right and left - if you only went left you would just end up at the far end of the show gardens, and miss the best bit. We found that the festival and grounds of the Chateau were a full day and we did not go into the chateau itself. Around the grounds are also about a dozen sculptures and other artistic constructions which we also enjoyed. We parked on the edge of the Loire, (free all day) then walked up to the entrance to the Chateau grounds, (no queues!) and on up a long ramp. The views over the village and the Loire are fantastic as you go up, but there is a car park at the top of the hill, nearer to the main part of the Festival, which would be better for those with walking problems. If you like gardening, go with an open mind and give it a try.

3  Thank Joyce S
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Reviewed June 17, 2013

Very much like a fairy tale castle (complete with drawbridge) with a wonderful view of the river and extensive grounds. It's much older than many of the other Loire chateau so it's more rustic yet still quite interesting with a sufficient amount of English explanations. The stables are quite interesting for a short visit as well. The Gardens are quite extensive and hold a variety of special art installations so you can spend as much time outside as you'd like.
Buy a Chateau Card at one of the Loire tourist offices for a discount.

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Reviewed June 12, 2013

It certainly was a beautiful chateau set in wonderful grounds and parklands with great views of the river but ........ the interior of the castle was disappointing with very little to see. Scattered inside the castle and outside in the grounds were pieces of art that I would think very few people found of any interest - there were lots of pieces of wood all arranged the same or similar in different sizes and there were lots of photographs set in leaded frames. And the cost was EUR 16.00 per person with no concessions.

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