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Rendez-vous at the Château and gardens of Villandry

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    The château and gardens of Villandry

    Villandry was the last of the great Loire Châteaux to be built in the Renaissance period. Boasting remarkable harmony in its architecture and its gardens, the estate is famous most of all for its grounds, set on three levels and combining aesthetic beauty, diversity and harmony.

    Villandry was built by Jean le Breton, the Finance Minister under François I. His descendants kept the Château until 1754.

    It then came into the hands of the Marquis de Castellane, ambassador under Louis XV. In 1906 the Château was purchased by the Spanish-born Dr Joachim Carvallo, the great-grandfather of the current owners. Dr Carvallo abandoned his brilliant scientific career to devote himself to Villandry.

    In this way he saved the château, which was on the verge of being demolished, and created the current gardens in harmony with the Renaissance architecture of the château.

    Six exceptional gardens

    Visitors to the grounds today will discover six exceptional gardens. From the vegetable garden with its nine squares, identical in size but with different patterns, to the box-trees and flowers of the ornamental garden, from the water garden to the medicinal herb garden and from the maze to the sun garden, the magic works in all four seasons.

    From the belvedere visitors will enjoy an unforgettable view over the gardens. You can take a breather in the shade of lime trees and pergolas, by the vast lawns of the water garden and near the new Italian-style waterfalls.

    Children also have their own garden, near the arbour maze. From spring to autumn, events and performances run continually at the château and in the gardens, constantly renewing the pleasure of visiting.

    Contact

    Château de Villandry
    37510 VILLANDRY
    Tél  +33 (0)2 47 50 02 09
    info@chateauvillandry.com 

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