A bit history about Chateau de Villandry: (Chateau-> French for “castle”)
It was completed in 1536 by Jean le Breton, who was King Francois I’s finance minister and the same person who built Chateau de Chambord. Chateau de Villandry was owned by Jean le Breton’s family until 1754 and then was passed to the king’s ambassador, Marquis de Castellane, who renovated the interior to meet comfort purposes during that era. Later on, the traditional gardens were destroyed and an English-style park around the castle was installed. In 1906, the castle is bought by Dr. Joachim Carvallo, who basically saved the castle from being demolished and created the gardens seen today. The castle has stayed as Dr. Carvallo’s descendents’ property.
The castle with the most fascinating gardens:
This part is the “ornamental gardens.” The patterns mean “tender love,” “passionate love,” “fickled love,” and “tragic love.”
This part is the “water garden.”
Gardeners are busy working:
Gardens are grown with different flowers to suit each season:
This part is the “kitchen garden,” used to grow vegetables
The castle is no less gorgeous than the gardens:
The interior of the castle:
This is where Chateau d’Azay-le-Rideau locates:
Chateau d’Azay-le-Rideau was built by Gilles Berthelot as his residence around 1515. He later became Treasurer of France, but fled the castle due to his close relative being accused for corruption and himself under suspecion. King Francois I gave the castle to his comrades, Antoine Raffin, whose family lived there until 1791. Charles de Biencourt then bought the castle in the middle of the French Revolution, but his decendent, the last marquis, was forced to sell the castle due to financial problem. The castle has been owned by the country since 1905.
The front view of the castle: (The staff was on strike on the day I visited, so it’s free to enter, but the castle itself is closed. )
There’s a river surrounding the castle from the back and creating a very romantic atmosphere.
This is the “gite”(民宿) I stayed for the night. It’s Chateau des Templiers owned by madame Aubry Leborgne.
If anybody is interested in staying in a castle style “gite,” you can check this website: http://www.chateaux-france.com/
我的房間其實不在上面那個”城堡”裡, 而是在它旁邊的一排房間. 不過”城堡”一樓中有美麗的閱讀室可以進去看書, 還有吃早餐的古典餐廳. Madame Leborgne 跟她家人就住樓上, 是個非常美麗的女人, 也非常友善. 還有一個可愛的四歲金髮男孩. 我沒見到她先生, 但晚上在窗邊有看到他開車回來, 一大早又開車去上班了. 城堡院子還有一隻大狗, 看起來像黑色的黃金獵犬.
This is my room, the bluish and white hues give this spacious room a tranquil touch.
With very spacious bathroom:
I had a very nice breakfast prepared by madame Leborgne herself: