Chambord I think is my overall favourite of all Chateaux seen so far. It’s not the oldest and it’s not the most famous but, it’s the one that in my opinion is the most like a castle,which is what most chateaux builders were trying to achieve. (I’m pretty certain that this view is the back door by the way)
As you approach from any direction you can’t fail to be impressed with the scale of the thing, and the grounds just go on and on and on. The front garden is so large here they hold outdoor concerts. I love the way it’s walled in. Once you enter, there’s the main courtyard which holds the main building. I think modern builders could learn a trick or two off the people who designed and built this fantastic place.
I also appreciate that not only are a lot of the rooms available to have a look in, but you can also clamber up onto the roof and wander around to take in the amazing views. It’s extremely good value for money compared to some I’ve seen which don’t have a lot to see. This one even has it’s own police station attached.
If you look through the photosyou’ll see one of what looks like a huge ceramic wardrobe. This was actually central heating as the fireplaces didn’t warm the building enough in the winter. Check out the staircase too which some say was designed by Galileo. It’s got two separate sets of stairs so that 2 people could climb the stairs together, but without ever meeting.
It’s very formulaic in it’s layout but that doesn’t stop it being impressive. Louis the xiv or xv had a set of rooms here at one time, but later he gave the whole chateau away to someone …
The only thing that spoiled it for me was the amount of cheap mannequins around, dressed in poor quality replicas of clothes of the day and some set in very awkward positions. In addition there were an awful lot of cardboard cutout people lining the walls and other areas. I really didn’t see the point and I think it spoiled the view and the feel of the place.
The day I was there a team was doing a horse riding display around the back of what used to be the stables. I fell deeply and totally in love with one of the girls who rode the horses. Gorgeous little brunette she was and I tipped her far too much later. It got me a smile but that wasn’t worth what I’d paid tut. Never mind the display was excellent, not even marred by their constant and insistent demand for applause even when there was nothing to applaud. It was an excellent day topped off by a long walk through the grounds that took over an hour.
I’d hate to see the heating bill and I bet the window cleaner is a shell of a man but what a fabulous way to live if you can afford it. If you like history, are a fan of chateaux or just happen to be passing I thoroughly recommend visiting this building. Oh … take a picnic because when I asked to leave and come back they said no.
There’s tat shops outside, one which is very cheap and one which is amazingly expensive, a hotel, a bar and 2 restaurants. I couldn’t understand the parking, I didn’t pay despite parking there for the night as the barrier was up, but it shouldn’t have been. I believe cars get their parking refunded if they pay for entry to the chateau, which you don’t have to do as you can just wander the grounds if you like.
This was another of those finds, I just came across it by chance but I’m so pleased I did. I’d visit again.