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CHÂTEAU OF VALENCAY
CHÂTEAU OF VALENCAY
CHÂTEAU OF VALENCAY
CHÂTEAU OF VALENCAY
CHÂTEAU OF VALENCAY
CHÂTEAU OF VALENCAY
CHÂTEAU OF VALENCAY
CHÂTEAU OF VALENCAY
CHÂTEAU OF VALENCAY
CHÂTEAU OF VALENCAY

It was in 1803 that Talleyrand acquired the Château de Valençay at the request of Napoleon, to enable the emperor to receive European dignitaries with the appropriate pomp and ceremony. Located in the Berry region, the Château of Valençay presents 2 styles of architecture, Renaissance and Classical. Fully furnished, it is also surrounded by magnificent French-style gardens and an English landscape park...

ESSENTIALS

Recreational visits for the whole family

The Château of Valençay houses an exceptional collection of Louis XVI and Empire-style furniture, and its park and forest cover more than 53 hectares. A visit of the property includes a tour of its collections, impressive kitchens, Napoleon’s maze (Grand Labyrinthe), the gardens and the Princes’ Forest (Forêt des Princes), which can be explored on foot or by electric buggy.…

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ESSENTIALS

A former feudal fortress

The Park & Château of Valençay came into existence in the time of Louis XIII, and were built on the site of an ancient feudal fortress. Over the years, its architecture became transformed, combining early Renaissance and Classical styles harmoniously. In 1803, Talleyrand, Napoleon’s Minister for External Affairs at the time, bought this magnificent château, thus allowing him to host the dignitaries of the Empire in full splendour.

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HIDDEN TREASURE

Services and new developments

Valençay’s theatre, a real architectural jewel dating from 1810 which has retained much of its period decor and original stage backdrops, can be visited as part of a private guided tour. Visitors can also join private tours of the old rooms, including the lower room, the only vestige of the fortified castle which was demolished prior to the reconstruction of the existing château, and the Renaissance room, the only remaining room from inside the splendid seigniorial residence built by Jacques d’Estampes from 1540 onwards. The Château de Valençay now boasts a new visitor itinerary and audio-guide for children, and has also opened an ornamental garden offering fine views of the castle.

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HIDDEN TREASURE

Illuminated magic and concerts

The Château de Valençay’s theatre, an architectural jewel dating from 1810 which has preserved all its original decor and backdrops, has been open to the public since 2012 as part of the guided “Private Visits” initiative which take place on Sunday mornings.

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COUPS DE COEUR

Camifolia, a recreational and informative park

 

In Chemillé, the cultivation of medicinal and aromatic plants is a traditional activity which dates back centuries. An initiative which is both recreational and informative, Camifolia appeals to children and adults alike. The site can be visited independently or on a guided tour, and offers various activities, as well as scientific and cultural events in its Foirail-Camifolia theatre. Don’t miss the botanic garden, magic pharmacy, scented garden, Mediterranean greenhouse, romantic garden, sensorial route, terraced gardens and the “medicinal men” sculpted by Jean-Marc Bourrasseau. Camifolia is home to more than 400 species of plant with extraordinary properties, including medicinal, aromatic and scented plants, as well as those used for dyeing and beauty products. In perfect harmony with its surrounding landscape, the Maison de Camifolia houses an interactive exhibition hall, reception rooms and a relaxation area.


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