NAT­U­RAL HIS­TORY

Chateau Days

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Re­lais de Cham­bord cer­tainly has a room with a view. The ho­tel is set in the grounds of the Chateau de Cham­bord which, with its for­mal gar­dens, the me­an­der­ing

River Cos­son, its own canal and its sprawl­ing es­tate (over 5 times the size of Rich­mond Park in Eng­land or 15 times the size of Cen­tral Park, New York) is one of the finest Chateaux of the Re­nais­sance. It was built ini­tially as a hunt­ing lodge for the French monar­chy and there re­main wild boar, deer and all man­ner of now pro­tected birds and an­i­mals. It will be pos­si­ble, from 14 Septem­ber to 7 Oc­to­ber, to join a pri­vate ob­ser­va­tory in the es­tate to see the deer dur­ing their pe­riod of love known as ‘the slab’ which in­cludes some pretty ter­ri­fy­ing antler fight­ing be­tween the stags. Al­though the Chateau cel­e­brates its 500th birth­day next year, the

Re­lais only opened this year and is a de­lib­er­ately con­trast­ing, 56 room ho­tel which has an el­e­gant, mod­ern and re­fined style. With its own in­door botan­i­cal gar­den, as well as a games room and a stylish spa, you are cer­tain to en­joy the lux­ury of the mod­ern world whilst be­ing able to mar­vel on how the Kings of France lived…

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