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Floral entrance to the redesigned 18th century chateau & gardens

Arched galleries, mullioned windows, pilasters, dormer windows...

Careful details and beautiful proportions

But the Renaissance English gardens are truly breathtaking!

So many sections to the Ornamental Garden as seen from the belvedere

Four squares make up the love gardens

This pattern is entitled "Fickle Love"

The Water Garden with a large pond in the shape of a...

2 swans on the pond

Part of the Sun Garden's Cloud Room

(I don't know this lovely flower. Do you?)

the Sun Room

Another section (not named) but so lovely, too

Herb Garden

Part of the Vegetable Garden with veggies planted in different geometric patterns





In the chateau - the Drawing Room has silk upholstered chairs

Salmon pink Dining room w/ Louis XV panelling

Kitchen with terra cotta floor tiles, large fireplace, copper pots & pans

The owner's bedroom opened to the public upon 100th anniversary of acquiring...

His wife's bedroom

Left the hotel at 8:30 to meet our bus at a town square for a day of 2 chateaus. (This Loire Valley claims to have 1,000 chateaus!)

After 1 ½ hr. ride through pretty rolling countryside we came to the village of Villandry with its chateau with the same name [Ville an dree]. The chateau, built in 1536 with little remaining by 1906 when Joachim Carvalle bought it and restored it, was nice...but...the attraction is the marvelous 16th century gardens he created! They rival Versailles (we think) in beauty; these have colorful flowers in many of the areas while Versailles was mostly green hedges, bushes and trees. (Both are a 'must see'.) It was a challenge to capture the beauty of these gardens with a camera but we tried! The chateau was designed to be a family residence and looked liveable even if more elegant and luxurious than you or we would want on a daily basis. ( I'd hate to clean it!)

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