At the meeting point of Anjou, Maine and Touraine, Lude is among the great châteaux of the Loire. The original fortress was built on the banks of the Loire from the 10th to the 15th century. At the end of the 15th century, it was transformed into an elegant country mansion, and the embellishment of the site continued. During this time period, the château hosted a number of illustrious guests: Henri IV, Louis XIII... having been in the same family for 250 years, Lude is a lively, inhabited château. The wealth and diversity of the different styles characterising this château are also to be found in its interior decorations and furnishing. Today’s owners have continued the tradition of restoration work and embellishment, in particular by creating new gardens. At the end of the 19th century, the landscape architect Edouard André had already made plans for a French-style garden along the Loire, as well as a vast kitchen garden. A more recent creation is the "Eperon garden" with a very regular pattern. It contains namely a rose garden devoted to Chinese roses, tea, and tea hybrids. 2008 saw the opening of a botanical tour for visitors.
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