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Chateau de la Bourdaisiere
What a swizz! I was enticed by the advertisement of gardens and varieties of tomatoes grown there and the tomato museum (yes I am a sad case but there you go).
They charged us 5 euros each to wander round the gardens, which were considerably underworked, ie no fantastic flower displays, no stunning statuary, the usual thing you would expect from a Chateau in the Loire Valley. There was a half hearted attempt at some topiary, which would have taken me one day a month to keep in trim. No flowers to be seen.
You had to park in the car park outside the Hotel and walk all the way up the long driveway to the hotel itself and were not allowed inside unless you were staying there. No chance of a cup of tea then.
There was a small chapel that you could look at, quite pretty from the outside, presumably for any weddings that took place here, followed by the wedding lunch or whatever in the main castle.
We went to see the Tomato Museum, nothing more than a load of indistinguishable red things preserved in bottles. No actual fruit on display and not a lot of information on the varieties that they grew here.
The other daft idea was that some arty twerp decided to put *displays* in the woods, a crate full of old tin cans, some dingly danglies from the trees, a pile of rotting wood. It was a complete load of tosh.
Unique Quality: Outstandingly unavailable to anyone who wasn't a guest.
I got the impression that this place was not making any money, the staff were minimal and the general air was one of a beautiful place which needed money spending on it. The brochure talked a good talk but in reality, it was a great disappointment.
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