Château de Cheverny, a must-see Loire Valley gem

The Château de Cheverny, located in the Loire Valley 13 km south of the Loire River and the city of Blois, has been the property of the same family for over six centuries. It was always inhabited – which accounts for the harmonious taste and style of its interiors. Cheverny was fortunate to escape confiscation and destruction during the French Revolution and is considered the most sumptuously furnished château in the region.

The château and gardens are open to the public 365 days a year. The current marquis - Charles Antoine de Vibraye - and his wife Constance dedicated the past 25 years to developing new attractions for its 350,000 visitors.

Inside the Château

A self-guided tour of the chateau includes 18 rooms on the ground and first floors. Highlights are the Grand Staircase, Dining Room, Grand Salon, Portrait Gallery, Flemish Tapestry Salon, Guard Room and King’s bedroom.

The inspiration for Marlinspike Hall

The classically elegant 17th century white stone chateau was built on the site of a former fortified castle at the start of the reign of Louis XIII. It is immediately recognizable to Tintin fans, as the cartoonist Hergé was inspired by Cheverny when he drew Marlinspike Hall, the home of Tintin and Captain Haddock. In 2001, a permanent interactive exhibit was created in collaboration with the Hergé foundation.

The park

The château is set amid broad lawns and an English-style park planted between 1820 and 1860 by Paul de Vibraye; with magnificent specimen trees, including giant redwoods, cedars and lime trees. Spring through fall, electric carts and boats allow visitors to explore the park, woods, and a canal that cuts through the estate.

Six Themed Gardens

  • Traditional “Potager “ Kitchen Garden.
  • Ornamental Apprentice’s Garden, named for 10 young horticultural apprentices who created it.
  • Maze of clipped laurel.
  • Garden of Love featuring six large bronze statues by the late Swedish sculptor Gudmar Olovson.
  • Tulip Garden, where 250,000 bulbs form a dazzling carpet of blooms each spring,
  • Newly created Sweet Garden, planted with an extensive variety of fruit trees and bushes.

More infos:

Château de Cheverny
Avenue du Château
Phone: +33 (0)2 54 79 96 29 (External link)
GPS: 47.500277800,1.458055600