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Chaumont-sur-Loire

Chateau Chaumont was built on the site of a former fortress that had dominated the Loire river offering resistance to the many attacks on the Royal town of Blois using this route. Its location overlooking the town of Chaumont and the Loire made it an ideal place to build a chateau for more peaceful times.

 

In Chaumont-sur-Loire it is fairly easy to park (free) down by the river and then make your way through the town before making the long climb uphill, which can be a pleasure if your fit, or turn uphill by the entrance in the direction of Montrichard, then take the first right, through the crossroads towards the school and you'll find plenty of parking spaces.

 

Stroll through the park towards the chateau and onto its drawbridge before entering the inner courtyard.

 

The chateau has only three sides as the side facing the river was removed in the 16th century apparently to improve the view and what an impressive view it is!

 

 

International Garden Festival

 

The gardens of chateau Chaumont-sur-Loire play host to the annual ‘Festival des Jardins’ (mid June to mid October) a garden festival with over 30 themed gardens. These gardens are created by different landscape architects, designers and artists around a theme, which changes every year. This brings the chateau surroundings to life with the colour and fragrances of the many plants and flowers on display.

 

 

 

Video is from 2015 event

 

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