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Chambord in the Loire Valley


Probably Francois I's biggest extravagance Chateau de Chambord in the Loire Valley is a great reminder of what you could do as a 'Royal' way back in the 16th century. "I fancy a hunting lodge  - but let's make it a bit special"

What he got was over 400 rooms, 365 fireplaces and 84 staircases - but then he had a great deal of 'hangers-on' who had to be put up!

Sadly however he only used it for about 8 weeks in all the time he was on the throne.


In our opinion it is worth seeing the double helix staircase and wonderful rooftop but the rest of the mainly unfurnished chateau is a bit of a disappointment. The grounds are also impressive in that they are huge, like the chateau but not sure if it makes the top of our 'chateaux to visit' list.


There is currently a major project renovating the gardens surrounding the chateau.




Chambord on experienceloire.com



Official website: http://www.chambord.org



Chateau de Chambord on Wikipedia

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