Saturday, 29 October 2011

If you love gardens...

If you are green fingered or just love looking at gardens, then the Loire Valley  might just be your paradise! Blessed with not only the gardens of its famous Chateaux, here we also have its beautiful city gardens, formal public gardens and natural parks. Of the chateaux gardens Villandry towers over its rivals and is a joy to behold.


Something different can be viewed annually at the garden festival in the grounds of  Chateau Chaumont-sur- Loire.From over 300 proposals 20 to 30 gardens are selected for inclusion in the festival. Including contributions from the UK, Japan, the Netherlands, Germany and Italy.

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In all the major towns and cities you will find parks and gardens that will delight you. Visit our website for more details and ideas.

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

If you could only visit one chateau?

Probably the most popular chateau within the Loire Valley is Chateau de Chenonceau  which straddles the river Cher - its Renaissance style makes it easy on the eye and a must for photographers. Its situation 32 km east of Tours makes it very accessible by car or by organized tour coach. It is also on the train line so you have plenty of options for getting there. You should try and get there early, especially in high season as it can get very busy. More details on this and the other chateaux of the Loire Valley can be found on our