Chateau de Villandry
June 11, 2010 § 1 Comment
We were driving out of the Loire Valley and heading towards the Normandy coast. However before we got to the seafood heaven, we had one more chateau stop to make : The Chateau de Villandry. The first time I heard of this place was on a TV show (Around the World in 80 Gardens), and they called it “The Garden of France”.
Still owned by the Carvallo family who purchased the property in 1906, Villandry is known for it massive garden instead of the chateau itself. Walked up to the boulevard on the side of the garden, you get this sweeping view of the entire property. Even I knew this place is huge, I was still surprised when I saw it with my own eyes. Seriously, the Carvallos must be a gardening addict.
You see patches and patches of box hedges filled with colors inside, it’s kind of like a colouring book. Everything is laid out in a formal pattern, and they are trimmed maticulously. Beside gardens after gardens of ornamental flowers, they also have a medieval garden that grows edible vegetables. I just love seeing a garden you can eat.
Although the chateau isn’t the focus, it is still a very pleasant visit. Walking through different rooms, you get a different view of the garden from each window. Besides the view, it’s also nice to see a place which has an interior that is less royally decorated. It felt a little more homey, with a touch of cozyness that you don’t get at Chenonceau or Chambord.
If you love the Renaissance gardens, this is the place to visit.
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Next stop: Saint-Malo