I began my winter go to to France by visiting the Loire Valley. After arriving in Paris, I went on to the automotive rental at Charles de Gaulle Airport and inside a number of hours I discovered myself within the countryside and shortly after..
The great thing about a go to to the French Loire Valley will not be akin to anyplace else within the nation. The world will not be solely filled with castles, but in addition filled with breathtaking landscapes and is gorgeous all yr spherical. As well as, the world is stuffed with nice wine and contemporary produce, making it a preferred space not just for worldwide guests but in addition for a lot of French individuals who go to it within the hotter months.
Go to to the Château de Cheverny within the Loire Valley
There are three essential chateaux within the Loire Valley thought of a “must-see” and it is no marvel Cheverny Fort is one among them. Not solely is it probably the most well-liked castles to go to, however additionally it is nonetheless privately owned. Even higher, the homeowners of the fortress nonetheless dwell contained in the advanced.
If you arrive on the fortress, you’ll rapidly discover out that it’s a household enterprise. Which makes a variety of sense, provided that the historical past of the fortress was handed forwards and backwards within the Hurault household for a few years. In truth, it was Henri Hurault, Lieutenant Normal and army treasurer of Louis XIII, who purchased the land for the fortress.
So historical past goes by, the Hurault household misplaced the Château de Cheverny as a consequence of fraud. King Henry II then donated the property to his lover Diane de Poitiers. She additionally got here to the Château de Chenonceau (one among his “Six Girls”), and since she most popular this fortress, she offered the Château de Cheverny to her former proprietor’s son Philippe Hurault, bringing him again to the Hurault household. To at the present time, he’s nonetheless stored inside the household.
Contained in the Château de Cheverny
As I discussed, the household owns Cheverny Fort he nonetheless lives within the fortress. If you take a look at the fortress from the entrance, you possibly can see their mansions on the fitting aspect of the fortress. About half of the fortress is non-public and inaccessible to guests, the place the household nonetheless lives as we speak.
The opposite half of the fortress, which is accessible to guests, is modeled on the lifetime of the fortress. There may be not a lot to say about interiors that you’ll not see and expertise first hand. The entire tour with its personal information inside takes solely about quarter-hour at a sluggish tempo.
My tip for this fortress is to spend extra time within the gardens. Particularly for those who come right here within the hotter months, in giant gardens which can be much less landscaped and extra pure than different castles, there may be a lot to see and do. There’s a small lake, which is crossed by small boats in the summertime, plus a number of lovely statues and even a pack of canine which can be nonetheless lively (and are enormous!). looking in season. Should you fancy lunch after a go to, the Orangerie is a good place for a snack and has a fantastic location in the back of the fortress.
Location within the Loire Valley
Within the Loire Valley you possibly can expertise many castles, the place it will probably typically be troublesome to decide on which of them to go to and that are price skipping. The three most visited castles are Château de Chambord, Château Chenonceau and Château de Cheverny.
The Château de Cheverny is one which I’d not miss, however there are actually a lot bigger and extra magnificent castles to discover. As compared, the Château de Chambord is the biggest and most spectacular of all, however additionally it is the least nice to discover the interiors as a result of it’s fairly an impersonal expertise. It is because you get an audio information for the iPad and the interiors lack a variety of soul. It appears to me extra like a big museum, which is partly as a consequence of its measurement and state possession.
Château Chenonceau was my private favourite of the three. It has a photogenic location above the water with its iconic bridges. As well as, it has fantastically landscaped conventional French gardens and a historical past that I discovered fascinating.
The place to remain
I stayed throughout my go to to the Château de Cheverny. This lodge acts extra like an escape from the farm and actually places a variety of emphasis on escaping metropolis life. There’s a Caudalie Spa (unimaginable facial therapy), an indoor heated pool, an outside heated sizzling tub, two eating places and jogging tracks on web site. I am unable to advocate it sufficient!
thanksfor arranging my go to to the Loire Valley. As all the time, my opinions and photographs are my very own and I am unable to advocate this vacation spot sufficient!