From Villandry to Ussé, the castles are each more beautiful than the last, all with their unique characteristics, making them an essential part of any visit to the Loire Valley. From the extraordinary gardens of the Château de Villandry to the castle of Sleeping Beauty, everything here is intended to amaze.
"Le Potager", 37510 Villandry
Website - tel : 02 47 50 12 66.
Open from March to October:
March and October, Tuesday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 12.30 pm / 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
April through September, every day: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m./ 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Château de Villandry
3 rue Principale, 37510 Villandry
Website - tel : 02 47 50 02 09.
Price for the castle and garden: full / reduced price: €11 / €7. Audio guide adult in 8 languages: €4 . Audio guide adapted for children (in French)
November through February : 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ; until 5:30 p.m. in February
March: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ;
April to September : 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. ;
October: 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Open from February through October,
February and March : 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ; until 5:30 p.m. in March.
April, May, June, September and October : 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ;
July and August : 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Guided tour available in French.
Visit document in 12 languages.
For the visit the app "Villandry" is to download for free on Apple Store and Google Play.
Restaurant on site (see "Eating").
The Château de Villandry was one of the last Renaissance castles to be built in the Loire Valley. It was Jean le Breton, Minister of Finance under François I, who had it built in 1532. With his experience on several projects including the Château de Chambord, he built Villandry on an ancient feudal fortress, three buildings of understated elegance and exceptional architectural harmony. The castle was refurbished and restored in the 18th century by the Marquis de Castellane. He was responsible for the Louis XV staircase and dining room.
But what makes the Château de Villandry especially exceptional are its beautiful gardens, spread over four levels: the vegetable garden, the water garden, the herb garden, the maze of hedges, the sun garden ... The ensemble, though varied, reveals an impressive landscaped harmony.
At the time of the construction of the castle, the beautiful and decorative vegetable garden already existed. Then over the centuries and different owners, the physiognomy of the gardens was greatly changed. During the restoration of the castle in the 18th century, the Marquis de Castellane took the opportunity to restructure the French gardens (water mirror, flowerbed, orangery).
The Carvallo family, current owner of the castle since the early 20th century, wanted to return the gardens to their original appearance for an ideal architectural and stylistic consistency between the castle and its park. Since 2009, the gardens of Villandry have been managed organically, and in particular the vegetable garden.
Castle and Gardens of Villandry with the family
The circuit "The Hex of Jean Le Breton" (only in French)
This fun course is suitable for families and children aged 7 to 12 years old. Accompanied by the ghost of Jean le Breton, families look deep into the different eras of the castle to solve the puzzles.
Game booklet available at the reception desk.
The hedge maze, its puzzles and the children's garden
This natural labyrinth is dotted with puzzles to solve. For the whole family. In the immediate vicinity is the children's garden, which is part of the sun garden. This garden, consisting of eight interpretive stations, helps children better understand the plants and gardens, as well as the evolution of the site over the centuries.
Grottes des Savonnières
61 route des Grottes Pétrifiantes, 37510 Savonnières
Website - 02 47 50 00 09.
Full price / reduced price: €7.40 / €6.40 / 5 to 16 years old : €5.30 . Free for children under 5 years old.
February and March: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. / 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
April through June and September: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
July and August: 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
October and November: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. / 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Guided tours in French. Tour documents available in 5 languages. Boutique.
Two minutes from the Château de Villandry, these caves were carved into the limestone in the Middle Ages, when it served as a mining quarry. Then over the centuries, water and erosion formed many spectacular concretions (stalactites, stalagmites, draperies).
Restaurants in Villandry
L’Etape Gourmande – local cuisine
La Giraudière, 37510 Villandry
Website - Tel : 02 47 50 08 60.
"Lunch formule" from €19.90. "Menu" from €27.
La Doulce Terrasse, restaurant of the Château de Villandry
1 Rue Principale, 37510 Villandry
Website - tel : 02 47 50 02 10.
"Menu" from €17.