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Chateau de Villandry

  4.8/5 (13 ratings)
  • Chateau de Villandry, France Photograph © Alan Graham
  • Chateau de Villandry, 2007 Photograph © Alan Graham
  • Chateau de Villandry Garden Photograph © Maitland
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Gardenvisit Editorial

An imaginative twentieth century re-creation of a renaissance castle garden. The moated Chateau dates from c1536 and had a formal garden in the eighteenth century. The present garden dates from the years after 1906 when it was bought by a Spaniard, Dr Joachim Carvallo. Inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement, he wished the garden to have a sixteenth century character. Great horticultural skill was deployed, especially in the use of vegetables. An arbour of grape vines leads to a great parterre, conceived as a Garden of Music. On the other side of the canal is a Garden of Love. Symbolising the moods of love, it looks rectangular from the chateau but is actually trapezoid. The aesthetically designed vegetable garden is based on an illustration from Du Cerceau's Les plus excellents bastiments de France (1576). Despite its origins, Villandry is the work of a twentieth century imagination.
Address - Centre, Villandry, France, 37510
Opening times - Garden open all year daily from 9am.
Admission - Adult Chateau & Garden 9€, Garden only 6€
Website - Visit the Chateau de Villandry website

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  • over 2 years ago Anonymous said

    By far the most beautiful garden I ever visited (and visiting gardens is our hobby). It is simply stunning.

    (5.0/5)
  • almost 3 years ago bonnie poppe said

    This sumptuous garden is just as wonderful to walk through as it is to view from the chateau. The garden is experienced in two quite different ways. Seen from above it is a tapestry of iterweaving designs. When one walks through it, however, it becomes a series of intimate spaces to discover. The level of maintenance is excellent, it is being very well tended. Don't miss it.

    (5.0/5)
  • over 3 years ago Andrew Moorey said

    Words cannot adequately convey the sheer spectacle of these gardens. It is one of the places you simply have to visit to see for yourself. Such vision, creative imagination and faultless execution have produced an absolute masterpiece.
    The chateau is equally inspiring, imposing and grand yet still conveys an impression of a comfortable family home.

    (5.0/5)
  • almost 4 years ago be-am said

    Simply magnificent! I love the interplay of geometric order, colourful beds and the variable shapes of vegetable in the kitchen garden combined with a grandious layout on the hill slope. My favourites: the reveries in blue in clouds chamber and the music garden. 4 stars in Racines guide, 5 here!

    (5.0/5)
  • about 4 years ago Anonymous said

    this castle is awsome it has beatuiful gardens i ever seen. I just look at these gardens and the trip is endless

    (5.0/5)

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