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Chateau and gardens of Villandry - English

Unsuspected wealth

Among the Loire Valley castles, Villandry owes unquestionably its fame to the exceptional set of its terrace gardens.

Its gardens enclose the  castle of Villandry as a case… Gardens to be discovered from the top, from the belvedere, then closely to appreciate all the charms and the subtleties.

The gardens of Villandry © Catherine Bibollet

Finished around 1536, Villandry is the last one of the big castles built on the edges of the Loire, in the purest  Renaissance style. It is Jean Le Breton’s work, Secretary of State of François I.  Having been an ambassador in Rome, where he had studied the art of gardens, Jean Le Breton had already watched and managed for the Crown during many years the construction of Chambord.

In the XIXth century, the traditional garden is destroyed to create an English-style park around the castle, in the style of the Parc Monceau in Paris.

In 1906, the castle is bought by Dr Joachim Carvallo, born in Spain in 1869, great-grandfather of the current owners. He saved the castle from demolition and created, in full harmony with the Renaissance architecture of the monument, the current gardens. Besides, he will be one of the pioneers of the opening of monuments to the public.