Chateau de Valencay
Chateau de Valencay
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About
Le domaine de Valençay est un haut lieu du patrimoine français, riche d’une histoire singulière qui débuta à la Renaissance avec la famille d’Estampes avant d’être la demeure de l’illustre Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, diplomate hors pair et ministre de Napoléon. Le château est doté d’un riche mobilier historique et bénéficie d’un grand parc d’une cinquantaine d’hectares faisant alterner jardins et domaine forestier. Il joua également un rôle important durant la seconde guerre mondiale en tant que dépôt des œuvres d’art du Louvre. Le château est animé aujourd’hui par la volonté de partager une expérience unique avec les visiteurs qui apprécieront l’art de vivre dans toutes ses composantes ainsi que les vibrations d’un lieu vivant. Le château de Valençay fait partie des grands sites du Val de Loire.
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tk3232
Sugar Land, TX4,019 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
After watching the series about Napoleon I and getting to know one of the important characters in his life, about the diplomat and the Minister of Foreign Affairs Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand-Perigord, we wanted to visit his castle. The person of Talleyrand is very interesting in terms of the political significance of the history of France - he was able to survive several regimes of state power. Arriving at the address, we left the car in parking lot TI, crossed the road and ended up on a long alley leading to the entrance to the castle. Cost of adult ticket is 14.50 euros, very helpful audioguide included, open daily 10 am - 6 pm.

The Chateau de Valencay has a special history, whose construction started in the Renaissance and ended in the late 18th century. Napoleon I personally took an active financial part in the construction of this castle, and subsequently important and political figures from all over the world were hosted here.
The castle is such a mix of pompous and family living. I didn't like that the gardens and the courtyard area not properly maintained, the statues were standing with broken hands and noses. But all this is compensated by a beautiful view from the terrace to the forests and lands of the area. If you look at the plan of the castle, you can see that the park is huge, unfortunately we didn't have time to see everything, but maybe you can do better.
Written 11 October 2022
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Stefan C
Limoges, France136 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
Visited at the end of June 2021, you get the wow factor as you approach the Castle from the front.
Inside, disappointed to find in the upstairs gallery artifacts still in boxes unpacked and empty picture frames.
Externally the rear/side gardens lacked any colour and the lawns were half cut, yes I know there must be cutbacks due to the pandemic but if you are going to charge full price then at least make an effort.
Written 29 June 2021
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DGarethOwen
Edinburgh, UK210 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
We spent a delightful whole-day visit to the chateau in early July and were amazed to find that there were so few visitors (perhaps because it is a little distance from the other chateaux of the Loire). The chateau is quite beautiful with extensive gardens and grounds. We were impressed with the range of architecture dating from the 16th Century, both Renaissance and Classical. The audio guides (included in the entrance fee and in many languages) provided a fascinating glimpse into the lives of its many owners, in particular the renowned statesman Prince Talleyrand, who became Napoleon’ Minister of State for Foreign Affairs. Many of the audio clips were taken from Talleyrand’s many writings. There are extensive walks through the grounds. Of particular interest are the wine cellars and the kitchens - made famous by Talleyrand’s chef Marie-Antoine. From 1808 until 1813, Ferdinand VII of Spain and his family were kept under house arrest in the château. A theatre was built for his entertainment. This has been beautifully restored and can be visited on guided tours daily. It also is used for events during the Summer.
Written 22 September 2019
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Martin v
Antwerp, Belgium1,486 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Couples
Nice chateau, on the edge of Loire and Berry. Some of the gardens in a terrible state because of the drought. Inside is good, definitely worthwhile. Wheelchair ok, of one can do some steps.
Written 13 September 2019
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Aburel
Bucharest, Romania3,022 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Family
Went for the historical reasons aka Talleyrand based on a Michelin *** but I can say it was okish... the grounds are nice but not wow, inside has a pretty spartan look but luckily there were some travel souvenirs of the famous owner. Especially the staircase tapestry. Otherwise, skipping is not a big trouble.
Written 18 August 2019
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Dine Out?
Europe209 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Couples
Structurally impressive to see but gardens have been let go. Not nearly on a par with its smaller neighbours. Staff in the Orangerie show little engagement, no welcome which given the high price to dine there is poor. Being incapable of looking you in the eye doesn't sit well with me.

House shabby but maybe that's the look they're after. Signs of wear and te
ar sadly. Music room is lovely though and furniture collection impressive.
. Show on the cellar wall a nice touch.

Delivery is from the front it seems and we had the pleasure of a ford transit van adorning the entrance to the house on
arrival.

A mixed bag. Maybe with a little more tlc and polish it could really shine.

Written 16 August 2019
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Gafita Tofi
Spain79 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
It is worth visiting, with its very careful gardens, and all its history of Prince Talleyrand.
From 1808 to December 1813, Fernando VII of Spain, his brother Don Carlos, his uncle Don Antonio and a large suite were placed under house arrest under the supervision of Knight Berthemy.
The Treaty of Valençay, signed there on the night of December 10, 1813, returned the crown of Spain, and the three princes returned to their country on March 12, 1814.
Written 8 August 2019
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PepperNewJersey
California338 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Couples
Set among a beautiful landscape, this imposing chateau held a promise of an interesting tour. The young lady at the ticket counter was not very friendly and rarely smiled. The audio tour was a bit long winded but interesting nonetheless. What surprised us was the condition of the interior of the chateau. One can see the tattered wallpaper, chipped walls, etc. Quite a few of the works of art were copies and some of the originals are located in the Metropolitan Museum in NYC. The gardens are well maintained and gave us a wonderful view of the surrounding area. It was not crowded when we visited.
Written 21 July 2019
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Hello Miss, Sir, First of all thank you for your visit and for the time to address us these few words. And I apologize for my answer It's about faces as landscapes. Perhaps we can be a moment in the face of our smiling yet smiling hosts. The castle is furnished and decorated with furniture and works of art historically linked to the estate. Many pieces are original and were here in Talleyrand's time. It has been the subject of restoration programs for only a few years, as you know, it takes time and a lot of money. A sponsorship research program is underway. I invite you to visit our site to be informed of the next steps. Nice summer to you.
Written 22 July 2019
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Minackman
Bridport, UK208 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
I had for years associated Valencay with the delicious cheese of the same name which, unsurprisingly, was on the menu of the chateau restaurant where we ate before our visit.

The chateau itself is architecturally interesting, well maintained and furnished throughout. Its most interesting period was during Talleyrand's ownership which began in 1803 and ended with his death in 1838. An immensely rich man from collecting France's taxes, even he must have blenched when "requested" to put up the deposed King of Spain who had been replaced by Napoleon's brother Joseph.

During the years the Spanish royals lived at Valencay they needed diversions and Talleyrand built a beautiful 200 seat theatre for them in 1808. There are separate escorted visits to it which we found particularly interesting not least because original stage settings are in place.

Another larger than life star of his day associated with Valencay is Carême, "King of chefs and chef of kings". His kitchens are splendid.
Written 4 May 2019
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Hello and thank you for your commenteaire full of greed. Excuse my English who is not ideal. Did you buy our book in English in the collection "Itinéraires" aux éditions du Patrimoine. We wish you a good summer cordially
Written 15 July 2019
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RJoker
Geneva, Switzerland86 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Family
This castle is memorable because it does not resemble to other castles of Loire. The castle has a big territory with forest and playground for kids, with some domestic animals and a maze (real maze with questions to answer to open the gates and advance). And what is important there is less crowd comparing to other more famous castles around.
At the same time, unfortunately, many parts (maze, restaurant hall) look decrepit and not well maintained. And I would avoid the restaurant if you see it at least half full - it does not handle the load and the service becomes terribly slow.
Written 22 April 2019
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