Chateau de Cheverny, Loire Valley
Discover Chateau de Cheverny
The Château de Cheverny is located at Cheverny, in the département of Loir-et-Cher in the Loire Valley in France and a short distance south-east of the attractive town of Blois.
The castle was built by the Hurault family at the beginning of the 17th century (from 1624 to 1630), on the site of an earlier feudal castle (of which very little remains).
One of the latest Loire Valley castles to be built, The castle at Cheverny is built in white stone and follows the classical style that was popular at the time of Louis XIII. It is built to a symmetrical design, and is unchanged and unaltered since the time the building work was completed.
Over the course of the centuries the land and castle changed hands on several occasions but on each occasion the Castle at Cheverny eventually returned to the Hurault family, who still own and run the castle today.
Exploring Chateau de Cheverny
There are several different parts to your visit, with the most important being the castle itself and the beautiful gardens. Start first with a look at the castle from outside, with the lovely view across the gardens and formal pond to the facade.
The most important highlights within the castle include the two reception rooms called Grand Salon and Petit Salon; the ornately decorated stonework of the main staircase, and the comfortable apartments, with the King's bedroom among them. You can also now admire the newly opened chapel.
The rooms and apartments are especially richly furnished, with gilded and decorative furniture, substantial paintings and tapestries, and walls sometimes decorated in vibrant colours. remember to keep looking up, some of the decorated ceilings are among the highlights.
It is generally agreed that Cheverny is the most beautifully furnished of all the castles in the Loire Valley, and you will see numerous beautiful examples of 17th century furniture and wall coverings as well as ornaments, clothes and other small objects that help bring the visit to life.
Gardens at Cheverny
The gardens and park at Cheverny are very extensive and include the formal gardens and water features of a French style garden that we expect of a Loire Valley castle as well as less formal areas of woodland. Be sure to allow time to explore the park as well as the gardens close to the castle - these are carefully laid out in the style more commonly seen around country estates in England and for us these were a particular highlight of a visit.
The flowers and plants in the vegetable garden are also very picturesque, as are the gardens between the castle and the orangerie. All in all there is a great deal for gardeners to enjoy here, and a lot of good ideas to take home for your own garden!
Two other attractions are popular with visitors to Chateau de Cheverny:
1) From April to November you can take a boat trip through the park, which is a lovely way to admire the scenery and also a chance to escape the noise and visitors in the castle itself
2) Enthusiasts of the tales of Tintin will be familiar with Moulinsart, which Hergé based on Chateau de Cheverny. Because of this association, you can also visit an exhibition of events taken from the Tintin stories, recreated in life size in a new building at the castle.
Visiting Chateau de Cheverny
Chateau Cheverny is now one of the most important castles and tourist attractions in the Loire valley and attracts many visitors eager to admire the castle itself, the surrounding gardens and associated buildings such as the orangery, and the opulently furnished interiors.
The chateau is open every day of the year from 10.00 until 17.00, including Christmas Day and New Year's Day, with longer opening hours in the summer. The basic ticket costs 9.50 euros for adults and 6.50 euros for children and includes the castle and gardens, with a supplement payable for visits including the Tintin Exhibition and/or the boat ride.
After exploring we spent a lovely hour in the cafe at Chateau de Cheverny enjoying tea and cake in the beautiful surroundings and recommend you do the same (Not included in the admission price, I am sorry to say!)
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Address: Cheverny, Contres, Blois, Loir-et-Cher, Loire Valley, 41700, France || GPS: latitude 47.500252, longitude 1.458004
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