Villandry Travel Guide

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Villandry Things to Do

  • The Chateau

    In 1906, Joachim Carvallo purchased the property and poured an enormous amount of time, money and devotion into repairing it and creating many beautiful gardens anywhere. Its famous Renaissance gardens include a water garden, ornamental flower gardens, and vegetable gardens. The gardens are laid out in formal patterns created with low box hedges....

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  • The Maze

    Set on the second terrace, Villandry’s maze, or labyrinth, is formed of hornbeam hedges, known as charmilles.It is based on the designs of Renaissance gardens, in which the labyrinth was a crucial element. It is a reference to the Labyrinth thought up by Daedalus to conceal the Minotaur, but it does not have the same meaning. The Greek Labyrinth...

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  • The Woods

    The woods rise on the hillside above the belvedere. Walking here affords excellent views, as well as peace and quiet.

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  • The Sun Garden

    The Sun Garden occupies the only part of the Villandry estate which hitherto did not contain a garden. It stands in what used to be a meadow surrounded by lime trees, on the chateau’s highest terrace. Between 1908 and 1918, Joachim Carvallo recreated the Chateau of Villandry’s Renaissance gardens, in place of the 19th-century “jardin à l’anglaise”...

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  • The Gardens

    The famous Renaissance gardens at Villandry include ornamental flower gardens, a water garden, and vegetable gardens. The best view across the gardens is from the raised belvedere that surrounds a large part of the formal gardens - from the raised position you see the gardens as more of a pattern than individual plants, which was the original...

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  • Inside the Chateau: La salle à manger

    Inside the Château, which was refurbished in the 18th century, and was recently restored. The personality of the chateau reveals itself with the attention to detail and personal effects including artwork that are on display.The dining room is equipped with a fixed table and is a very modern room for the 18th century. Until halfway through the...

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  • La chambre du Potager/ The Kitchen...

    Overlooking the garden on which its windows offer a beautiful panorama, the so-called room "La chambre du Potager" (The Kitchen Garden bedroom) is remarkable for the beauty of its parquet. This masterpiece of 18th century is an alliance of wood in a variety of brown hues.

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  • L’escalier d’honneur/ The main staircase

    The upper floors were reached by an external octagonal staircase located in the main courtyard, as was often the case in Renaissance buildings. When the Marquis de Castellane carried out major structural changes in the 18th century, the external staircase was removed. All floors can now be reached by an internal staircase.The main staircase is a...

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  • La chambre du prince Jérôme

    Under the First Empire, the Château de Villandry briefly belonged to Napoleon I’s youngest brother, Prince Jérôme. This episode in the château’s history is recollected by this bedroom with its mahogany furniture, shot red silks, draperies and military décor.

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  • La chambre de Joachim Carvallo

    A doctor of Spanish descent, Joachim Carvallo saved Villandry from destruction when he bought it in 1906. The restoration work and creation of the gardens encapsulate his personality. His devotion to restoring the château to its Renaissance glory exemplifies his scientific approach and interest in architecture. His love of art – particularly...

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  • La chambre des douves/ The moat bedroom

    Ann Coleman, Joachim Carvallo’s wife, chose this room, which was updated in the 18th century. The soft green panelling; the white silk embellished with colourful flowers and birds that evoke the gardens and music; the portraits of Ann Coleman and two of the couple’s six children painted by their friend, the artist Milcendeau; and the softness of...

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  • La bibliothèque

    The library contains works and objects relating to Joachim Carvallo and Ann Coleman. The collection provides us with clues about their ideas, motivation and plans to renovate Villandry.

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  • La cuisine

    The kitchen was a room used by serving staff and, as such, there is a rustic aspect to it. There are terracotta floor-tiles, an exposed stone wall and the compulsory imposing fireplace. Copper pots and pans and a rotisserie are reminders of the purpose of this room. The vegetables on the solid oak table are a nod to Villandry’s Kitchen Garden.

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  • La galerie de peintures / The art...

    Joachim Carvallo and his wife, Ann Coleman, were avid collectors of ancient paintings, with a particular fondness for the golden age of Spanish painting: the 17th century. When they bought Villandry in 1906, it was with the intention of having somewhere to display their collection. Their collection had gained great notoriety before the war, but was...

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  • Le salon oriental / The oriental drawing...

    An unexpected find in a Loire château, the oriental drawing room is notable for its Hispano-Moorish ceiling, once part of the Maqueda ducal palace built in Toledo in the 15th century. The palace was dismantled in 1905 and Joachim Carvallo bought one of its four ceilings – the one from the “La Martina” drawing room – back to Villandry. The other...

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  • The children’s rooms

    On the second floor are two modestly-sized rooms that overlook the “Love Gardens”. These are the children’s rooms, which serve as a reminder that Villandry is a family home. Children can admire the small toys and old books in the display cabinets, along with embroidered clothing and a crib.

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  • The gallery

    Passionate collectors of old paintings, with a preference for the "Golden Century" (17th) of Spanish Art. In point of fact, needing a place to house their collection is why they purchased Villandry in 1906 so they could exhibit them.Despite its fame before the war it was unfortunately broken up through inheritance requirements but it still has an...

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  • Inside

    The chateau, being in private hands, is beautifully furnished in period manner, as shown in these pictures.The opening picture is from Joachim Carvallo's bedroom but there's a sublime view of the ornamental garden and the vegetable garden.In the room the religious paintings and the statue of St. Francis are testimony to Joachim's strong devotion to...

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  • Prince Jerome's bedroom

    The first, brightly coloured bedroom was that of Prince Jerome. Napoleon's youngest brother was Villandry's owner for several years during the Empire period. This room's furniture and design, therefore, is in the Empire style; mahogany furniture, red watered silks, trompe l'oeil and military draps and lances.The windows overlook the splendid Love...

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  • The Oriental room

    In the Oriental Drawing Room there is a unique ceiling with a fascinating history. It was once part of the 15th century ducal palace in Maqueda, a municipality in the Province of Toledo, Spain. Dismantled in 1905, this palace had a drawing room at each of its four corners. Each room had a coffered dome of polychrome wood and gilding. This is the...

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  • What it takes

    If you want some facts, here they are: They have 10 permanent gardeners here but also a bucketload of volunteers; they use 125,000 bedding plants and 85,000 vegetable plants, half of which come from their own nursery; the planting of the kitchen garden changes every 3 years; colour schemes and replanting occur twice yearly.

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  • Fancy an audience?

    It was tucked away at the end of the Belvedere walk, a place where you might fancy a cup of tea one afternoon.The “Audience” is a small, slate-roofed, neoclassical pavilion built in the 18th century by the Marquis of Castellane, on the south side of the estate. This kind of ornamental structure, known as a fabrique, was one of the elements of...

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  • A late arrival, the summer garden

    Up on the higher area at the back are three gardens, one of which is the colourful summer garden which was just coming into bloom when I was there.The Sun Garden occupies the only part of the Villandry estate which hitherto did not contain a garden. It stands in what used to be a meadow surrounded by lime trees, on the chateau’s highest terrace....

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  • The Second Salon

    Designed as an extension of the salons of the Chateau of Villandry, the Ornamental Garden is laid out over the second terrace, between the Kitchen Garden and the Water Garden. A channel divides the Ornamental Garden into two salons of greenery, known as the First Salon and Second Salon. The Renaissance design of this part of the gardens of...

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  • The roses

    Monks traditionally planted tree roses, called rose standards, in the kitchen gardens of their abbeys; thus was the origin of the flowering French potager or ornamental vegetable garden. At Villandry, the rose standards are planted geometrically, and are meant to represent monks tending to their vegetables.

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  • The wood

    Situated above the level of the gardens, the wood covers a walled area of approximately three hectares. It is a pleasant place to stroll and offers a very different view of the gardens, looking down on them through plant cover. At Villandry, the wood highlights more than anywhere else the contrast between untamed nature and the ultimate...

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  • The Belvedere

    Up behind the chateau is one of the two best veiws of the gardens; well worth your time going for a wander up there. It is only up here that the vastness of the six hectares becomes apparent. Gazing across their vastness of the dream of the Carvallos becomes apparent.Today it is one of the most popular chateaux in France and definitely one of the...

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Villandry Restaurants

  • Eat in the shadow of the chateau

    This is an informal dining area just outside the entrance to Chateau Villandry. You park your car (for free) across the road under the lime trees and walk across to the little restaurant with seating on gravel underneath more lime trees.It is not gourmet food, just typical French lunch fare including salads and sandwiches with drinks. Their feature...

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  • A Sweet Restaurant

    “How can a man die when sage is growing in the garden?”— A Popular Belief in Medieval FranceHOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW? How could he die with pears and apples growing there? Within the kitchen garden pears and apples (see photos #2 & #3) appeared to be ripe for the picking. The apple trees are trained to grow sideways and formed borders for the...

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Villandry Shopping

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    The Shop at Château de Villandry: Love Garden, On a Napkin

    by von.otter Updated Mar 8, 2009

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    “We feasted on the fat things of the earth, as we made our way to Villandry.”
    — from “Antiques Digest” 1911

    The Shop at Château de Villandry is on the castle’s grounds, directly behind the wonderful little café (see Villandry Tip “Réstaurant La Doulce Terrasse: A Sweet Restaurant”).

    We bought a package of napkins with illustrations of the Love Garden at Château de Villandry.

    They are practical reminder of our lovely morning visit to this sweet castle and its outstanding gardens.

    What a creative, artistic way to keep the gardens alive for visitors once they returned home. The French have an art for living, as do the Italians and the Spanish.

    We used the napkins for a party we gave once we returned. We gave a scrapbook party for friends to see our photos, and mementos, coupled with captions, helping the trip to coma alive for our guests. The pictures, etc. are arranged in a scrapbook.

    What to pay: Really, you pay what the asking price is. Because of the VERY poor exchange rate between the euro (strong) and the dollar (weak), you are paying a higher price than if the same item was bought in the USA. Therefore it is wise to buy something in the euro-zone that can not be found in the USA.

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  • Thank you Dr. Carvallo

    “A committed Catholic monarchist who read only St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Augustine.”— Dr. Charles Richet (1850-1935) describing Dr. CarvalloThe Renaissance-styled gardens were destroyed in the 19th century to create an English-styled park. By the turn of the 20th century, Villandry had fallen into disrepair and was at risk disappearing...

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  • What they say

    "2012… A year that will be rich in encounters and events in Villandry! After opening the Sun Garden to the public in June 2008 and three new rooms in the castle between 2006 and 2007, the Château de Villandry is focusing its attention on the welcome of visitors and on being a quality venue. As a matter of fact, at the end of 2009 the site was...

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  • Thank You Dr. Joachim Carvallo!

    This is a fragmentary report. (I have never seen the biography that was written by Alix de Guitaut-Vienne in 2004;ISBN 3-9522154-6-5). Joachim Carvallo was a physician born in Spain in1869. After graduation he came toParis to work with Dr. Charles Richet, professor of Physiology who was working on what today would be called an antiserum to protect...

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