We didn’t want to waste our nice weather inside a building so we saved our final chateau visit for Saturday morning. Chateau Chenonceau was located just minutes from our hotel. We packed up, checked out, and made our way over to the chateau.
The Chateau was first built in the 11th Century. The original chateau was burnt down in 1412. The Chateau began to be rebuilt in 1513. The work was often over-seen by the owners wife, Katherine Briconnet. We all agreed that there was a definite feminine touch to Chenonceau. It was more elegant and refined than Amboise and some of the other Chateau’s I have visited.
One of the absolute best parts of Chenonceau was the unique flower arrangements in every room. The chateau has a special committee dedicated to creating replicas of floral arrangements in keeping with the style of the room. Here are some of my favorites:
The kitchens were spectacular. There were over 150 pieces of gleaming copper cookware. The Chateau was used as a hospital during World War I for soliders and it is during that time that they installed the large stove top to cook for all the patients. The “staff” dining room was as pretty as any dining room I have seen in any houses back home!
My favorite room was the “Estampes Room”. This small room was used as a study. It had 3 windows looking over the beautiful Cher river. The blue walls were covered with frames featuring sketches of the Chateau and its owners. It also had a beautiful floral arrangement filled with my favorite flowers: Gardenias. If only I was writing my blog post from there…it wouldn’t be 2 weeks late 🙂
The audio tour was an hour and a half. It described the Chateau’s architecture and the history of its many residents. It was the perfect way to spend our morning. After the audio tour we took a long stroll around the gardens and ate lunch at the chateau restaurant.
Chateau Chenonceau was a unanimous favorite sight!