Chateau de Chenonceau (Chenonceaux, France) Reviews
Description:The Chateau de Chenonceau, near the small village of Chenonceaux in the Loire Valley in France, was built on the site ... more
Chateau de Chenonceau (Chenonceaux, France) ... of an old mill on the River Cher. The current manor was designed by the French Renaissance architect Philibert Delorme. / Many of the rooms are preserved in their original style and furnishings and visitors can browse through Louis XIV's living room, Francois I's bedroom, or visit the beautiful gallery.
Newest Review: ... castle costs Euro10 for adults and Euro8 for children and students. If you choose to get the audio guide the price goes up to Euro14 for adults and Euro12 for children and students, but we chose not to have these. EXPERIENCE: Once we'd parked we walked to the ticket booth. It's about a 10 minute walk from car park to castle. The ticket office was also the shop. There was a queue for ... more
Customer Chateau de Chenonceau (Chenonceaux, France) Reviews (2)
by - written on 16/09/09 (Very useful, 128 readings)
When Mr Tart and I went to the Loire Valley castle hunting I knew that I definitely wanted to visit Chenonceau. It's one of the castles that really said Loire to me as it seems to be one that's often used to illustrate the area. SOME HISTORY: Chateau de Chenonceau was originally a fortified castle built in the 1430s. In the early 1500s the castle was purchased by Thomas Bohier who demolished the fortified castle (apart from one tower) and began the building we see today. Unfortunately for Bohier his castle was seized by Francois I after Bohier's son failed to pay a debt. Francois's son Henry II then gave the castle to his mistress, Diane de ... Read the complete review
by - written on 25/04/07 (Very useful, 1176 readings)
I've always found the phrase "Châteaux de la Loire" a bit of a misnomer. You could pick any stretch of tens of miles between Orléans and Saumur, tool along by car or in a boat, and be forgiven for saying at the end of it, "So where are all the châteaux?". The Loire at this stage of its journey is wide and shallow - sand and mudbanks appear in summer - and the banks are low; not ideal territory for building an imposing château to impress your peers. Many of the most famous ones are actually on tributaries, the Cher, the Indre, the Vienne. Then again, the châteaux are not a homogeneous collection of pleasure palaces. Many were built as, and remained, ... Read the complete review
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