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Stop by Chateau Villandry on a Loire Valley Cycling tour

Published on: 18th January 2013
By Green Jersey Cycling

""Our Loire Vally Cycling tours are filled with chateau, another special stop-off is Chateux Villandry, famous for its gardens with immaculate rows of vegetables, not a single cabbage out of place. For kitchen gardeners this is the ultimate chateau, to rival Versailles with hundreds of vegetable beds with perfect box hedging.

The Château de Villandry is a castle-palace located in Villandry, The château was constructed around an original 14th-century keep where King Philip II of France once met Richard I of England to discuss peace. 

The château remained in the Le Breton family for more than two centuries until it was acquired by the Marquis de Castellane. During the French Revolution the property was confiscated and in the early 19th century, Emperor Napoleon acquired it for his brother Joseph Bonaparte.
In 1906, Joachim Carvallo purchased the property and poured an enormous amount of time, money and devotion into repairing it and creating what many consider to be the most beautiful gardens anywhere.
Its famous Renaissance gardens include a water garden, ornamental flower gardens, and vegetable gardens. 
Still owned by the Carvallo family, the Château de Villandry is open to the public and is one of the most visited châteaux in France; in 2007 the château received about 330,000 visitors!
Green Jersey Cycling specialise in creating great itineraries that take you to the most beautiful and evocative parts of France, contact us on +44 (0)7974 148229.

[Image and information sourced from Wikipedia]

Green Jersey Cycling: 18th Jan 2013 09:00:00