Château de Chaumont-sur-Loire
"Another Charming Château de la Loire"
The Château of Chaumont (from "Chauve Mont" or Bald Hill, then changed into "Chaud Mont" or Hot Hill) stands on a rise beside the river Loire, in the mids of a dense wood of all trees.
As early as Middle Ages a castle already stood here. The first owner of Chaumont was Gelduin, who was saved from having to leave the castle to his daughter Claire when a son, Geoffroi, was born to him late in life.
Since 1938, when the Broglies fell on hard times, the castle has been owned by the French state.
The castle of Chaumont, like much of Loire château, owes part of its beauty with the splendid site which it occupies. It dominates the river over left bank, at the point where the calcareous slope is most abrupt. Vis-a-vis the Loire, the castle is drawn up at the end of a landscape park to English which constitutes a genuine bosky bower. With its feet, over bank, the village is spread out.