Travel in France – The Chateau of Villandry

The Chateau of Villandry was completed in 1536, the last of the great castles built in the Loire Valley. The chateau was owned by Jean le Breton, the Finance Minister for François I. In 1906 the chateau was bought by Joachim Carvallo who was responsible for the restoration of the buildings and particularly the Renaissance gardens. The chateau remains in family ownership.

The Chateau of Villandry
The Chateau of Villandry
The Chateau of Villandry
The entrance courtyard of the Chateau of Villandry
The gardens, Villandry
The gardens, Villandry

The Garden of Love is immediately adjacent to the Chateau, but closed to the public.

The Garden of Love, Villandry Chateau
The Garden of Love, Villandry Chateau

The Water Gardens are typical of gardens in the 18C and which are also a reservoir for watering the remainder of the gardens.

The Water Garden, Villandry

Outflow from the lake to the moat
Outflow from the lake to the moat

The Sun Garden is new, created in 2008 in what used to be a meadow.

And between the upper and lower terraces – two avenues of Linden Trees.

The Linden Tree Avenue
The Linden Tree Avenue

The decorative and stunning Vegetable Garden has a neighbouring Herb Garden.

The Vegetable Garden

The Vegetable Garden

The Second Salon of the Decorative Garden is designed to symbolise music.

The Second Salon of the Ornamental Garden
The Second Salon of the Ornamental Garden
The Second Salon of the Ornamental Garden
The Second Salon of the Ornamental Garden

Garden with box and Perovskia

 The gardens are stunningly beautiful – this is a ‘must-do’ visit!

 

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The Chateau of Villandry
The Gardens at Villandry
Photographs of the gardens at Villandry

 

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