CHÂTEAU DE VIL­LANDRY, LOIRE VAL­LEY

EDP Norfolk - - Education -

This gor­geous coun­try house, the last of the great châteaux of the Loire built dur­ing the Re­nais­sance, is in fact sit­u­ated on a trib­u­tary of the mighty Loire rather than the main river it­self. It re­mains one of the most vis­ited châteaux in France for the sump­tu­ous and el­e­gant build­ing and in­te­ri­ors, re­stored to their past glory in the twen­ti­eth cen­tury by the Car­vallo fam­ily. For the most part it is the splen­did for­mal gar­dens (pic­tured) which at­tract most visi­tors. These are changed reg­u­larly, mak­ing the most of sea­sonal plants. The kitchen gar­dens here are so pro­duc­tive that visi­tors can ac­tu­ally buy veg­eta­bles in the gift shop to take home.

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