Chenonceau Castle Nicknamed the Château des Dames, the Château de Chenonceau is one of the most majestic castles of the Loire.
One of the most majestic castles of the Loire
Cherished by Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Médicis, it perfectly embodies the elegance of the Renaissance castles, built in the Loire Valley in the 16th century. Its arches support a double gallery, and gracefully span the Cher. Throughout the richly furnished rooms (the kitchen, the bedrooms of Louise de Lorraine and Gabrielle d’Estrées, Henri IV’s favorite, the Medici gallery, the François 1er salon, the bedroom of the five queens…), a iPod tells precious pieces of French history.
A floral workshop
In the park of the estate, you will also fall under the charm of visiting the gardens of Diane and Catherine, the Russel Page garden, and the flower vegetable garden. In France, the Château de Chenonceau is the only one to have a floral workshop, where Jean-François Bouchet and his team compose superb bouquets for each room. In everyone’s opinion, they alone are worth the trip! In the green garden, the gourmet cuisine of chef Christophe Canati delights the taste buds near the Orangerie, the castle restaurant (ideal for a seminar, a wedding meal, etc.).
One of the most visited in France
A little further on, the cave des dômes is perfect for tasting AOC Touraine-chenonceaux wines, while the carriages gallery houses a small museum of horse-drawn vehicles. Exceptional for its architecture and spearhead of tourism in Touraine, the Château de Chenonceau is one of the most visited in France. Driven by positive reviews, it attracts travelers from all over the world to the small village of Chenonceaux.