Villandry Travel Guide

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     The Most Beautiful Gardens in France 

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     I can't go back there as much as I would like! 

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     http://www.chateauvillandry.com/ 

Villandry Things to Do

  • 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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  • The ornamental garden

    Like an extension of the interior salons, the Ornamental Garden is itself divided into salons of greenery. The design of this part of the gardens is the work of Sevillian artist Lozano, assisted by painter and landscape architect Javier de Winthuysen.Closest to the chateau is the first salon, composed of four beds. In the Andalusian style, its...

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  • The herb garden

    Between the Kitchen Garden and the Church lies the Herb Garden. Though it mimics a traditional garden of the Middle Ages as it is devoted to aromatic, culinary and medicinal herbs, it wasn't planted then. The fragrances that emanate from the beds may well recall the walled gardens of monasteries in medieval times.In a classic hands-on effort, the...

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  • The Spanish (and American) connection

    The fact is that, unless Joachim Caravallo had a Spanish art collection, the chateau we see today may never have eventuated.A doctor of Spanish descent, Joachim Carvallo moved to Paris in 1879 to work with Charles Richet (winner of the Nobel Prize for medicine in 1913). In 1899, he married Ann Coleman, the young heiress of a wealthy American family...

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  • The Ornamental Garden

    The Ornamental Kitchen Garden is the high point of the gardens of Villandry. In a purely Renaissance style, it consists of nine patches all of the same size, but each with a different geometric motif of vegetables and flowers. The patches are planted with vegetables in alternating colours – blue leek, red cabbage and beetroot, jade green carrot...

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  • The water garden

    The water garden is a park of simplicity set amongst the intensity of the colour and vibrancy of the surrounding gardens, a place for reflection...pardon the pun.This boulingrin, or sunken garden, bordered with grassy banks known as glacis, consists of an ornamental pond at the centre in the form of a Louis XV mirror, embellished here and there...

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  • Why are you here?

    Of course, you've come here to check out the garden; this is reflected in the admission prices where it costs three times more to enter the gardens than it does the chateau.With 6 hectares to play with there is plenty of scope for variety and they haven't missed utilizing it.

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  • Some history about the tower

    Henry, king of England, has submitted himself in every way to the counsel and will of Philip, king of France, so that whatever the king of France may provide and judge, the king of England will accomplish entirely and without contradiction.”— from “The Chronicle of Benedict Abbot of Peterborough,” 1192Phillippe Auguste (the French spelling),...

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  • A classic

    Villandry was the last of the Renaissance style chateaux erected near the banks of the Loire. The charm of its XVIIIth century state rooms is exemplified by this room that used to be the dining room and it was listed as long ago as 1934 as a protected monument.

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  • VISIT VILLANDRY CHATEAU

    It was a love story..............Joachim Carvallo, a young Spanish doctor, came to France in 1893 to study, and it was here, he fell in love with Ann Coleman, his future wife. They were married in 1899. Seven years later, they bought Villandry and set about designing the beautiful gardens we see today.The Chateau itself is open, and you do not have...

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  • VILLANDRY - ORNAMENTAL GARDEN

    First of all, to have a good view of the ornamental garden, I climbed the steps to the Belvedere. From here, the view is great!There are four squares which make up the love garden. They are "tender love," "passionate love," "fickle love" and "tragic love."Tender love is symbolised by hearts separated by small flames. In the centre is masks worn to...

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  • VILLANDRY - JOACHIM CARVALLO'S BEDROOM

    Heading into a bedroom, I wondered, who was Joachim Carvallo? He was the owner of Villandry Chateau. His bedroom was opened to the public in 2006, the 100th anniversary of his ownership of the Chateau.I think he must have been short, as the bed in the photo was not very long.Joachim renovated and designed the garden of Villandry and what a...

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  • VILLANDRY - THE VEGETABLE GARDEN

    I really liked how the vegetable garden was laid out. Looking down on it from the Castle Keep gave a wonderfu view of this garden.The vegetable garden is a Renaissance kitchen garden, made up with nine squares of equal size, but with different geometric patterns in each.The squares are planted with lots of different vegetables, and in alternating...

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  • VILLANDRY - THE SUN GARDEN

    This garden was a surprise. No trimmed hedges here, but a garden of flower's blending together. It is made up of three different areas.There is the "cloud room" where there are flowers of Blue and White, "The Sun room," which as the name suggests, I found the "hot" colours of orange and yellow. The last room is the "children's room' which is the...

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  • VILLANDRY - THE WATER GARDEN

    Walking further on than the Ornamental garden, I came across the water garden. The pond is in the form of a Louis XV mirror, and is surrounded by trimmed Lime trees. Added to the pond, were a couple of lovely White Swans. Another nice area!

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  • VILLANDRY CASTLE KEEP

    A MUST DO is to climb the spiral staircase to the top of the Keep to admire the fantastic gardens. The views are over the garden's and of the valley where the Cher and Loire Rivers flow. This landscape is a UNESCO world heritage site.The garden layout would have to be the best I saw in France.

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  • VILLANDRY - THE ART GALLERY

    Joachim & his wife were both collector's of old paintings, especially Spanish art in the 17th century.They actually bought Villandry, so they could exhibit their Art collection. It was a quite famous collectiion before the war, but since has been broken up because of inheritance.There still is a huge collection of paintings to be seen, either in...

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  • 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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    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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