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“A different type of chateau”

Chateau de Montsoreau
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Pacific Coast Australia, Australia
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143 reviews
76 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 213 helpful votes
“A different type of chateau”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2012

From the outside it is easily recognizable as a chateau and its history is as you'd expect as well (i.e. marital affairs, conflict, French Revolution). It is what they've done inside that makes the difference.
There's a saying that government run chateaux have next to no furnishing while the private ones do; so, what they've done here is come up with some ways to make it more interesting.
For instance, there's a talking heads display that has something to do with a love triangle. I say "something" because the dialogue is in French, which is fine if you understand the language.
The next room has blank dummies onto which are thrown images of clothing through the ages. We thought that was very clever and enjoyed it, as we did access to the roof, from where you can get expansive views over the Loire Valley.
The gabales (wooden river boats) display was colourful but I thought a little disappointing. I felt it would have been better it they had a full size one where they used to come in; this chateau being the only one that you could float a boat into.
The staff and facilities were excellent and overall it's worth a look.

Visited May 2012
Thank iandsmith
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Adelaide, Australia
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86 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“an unexpected gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2011

an interactive display was fantastic as was the service of the staff
great views from the ramparts

Visited May 2011
Thank TieTraveller
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Grand Junction, Colorado
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349 reviews
78 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
“Nice Setting...Good Potential...Disappointing”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2011

A tour of the Chateau is a bit "cheesey". The chateau itself looks like it could be spectacular but inside it is difficult to understand how the history was trying to be displayed. A combination of trying to mix technolgy and visual aids was disappointing. In addtion, it was apparent that the Chateau rooms are rented out for business meetings or cocktail parties....???? The best part....the view of the river from the top floor and the turrets. Advice, skip the Chateau and explore the small city and the river!

Visited September 2011
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