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Chateau de Valencay

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Address: 2 rue de Blois, 36600 Valencay, France
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A glimpse into the history of Talleyrand

We enjoyed a good few hours wandering around this beautifully kept renaissance chateau with superb preserved furniture obtained from different countries. The Prince de Talleyrand... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Watergypsy02
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Yorkshire Uk
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Yorkshire Uk
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoyed a good few hours wandering around this beautifully kept renaissance chateau with superb preserved furniture obtained from different countries. The Prince de Talleyrand enjoyed the finer things in life and also clearly enjoyed beautiful women. He charmed his way through life and benifited from being Bonapartes minister and councillor. The estate is well kept and if the weather... More 

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Londres
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 December 2016

now what would valencay do if there was no chateau - its well worth a visit - its an easy half day interest trip and by the time you have a meal and explore the areas around valencay - well..the day just ticks by

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London, United Kingdom
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91 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 September 2016

As you walk in through the gates and walk over the combed gravel, you see a magnificent gleaming immaculate chateau built of white stone. The interior is filled with superb portraits and furnishings with the whole place looking almost as new, so that you almost expect to meet Talleyrand somewhere . There are also various garden walks and a restaurant... More 

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fareham
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376 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 August 2016

This is a large chateau that is nicely decorated with furniture etc from the period of Talleyrand.It is very well maintained , in fact one of the towers is being renovated as was the room which held Tallyrand's clothes and medals. We especially enjoyed The King of Spain's bedroom furniture. Lovely view from the terrace but the garden needs some... More 

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Tubingen, Germany
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54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 August 2016

The combination of renaissance toying with castle-building and later, baroque and neo-classical architecture, set in the lovely vast gardens, will not fail to exert its charm. The interiors are exquisitely furnished, mostly in empire style, but there are noteworthy earlier pieces too. Talleyrand, the great survivor, is a presence still. And then the two Spanish princes in exile here under... More 

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Geneva, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2016

It is listed as a must see in the Michelin guide for the Loire valley. One of the tower is being renovated, otherwise it is a nice castle, but not one of the outstanding ones. Parking is easy located just outside of the castle walls.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 July 2016

Historical chateau, one time home of Tallyrand and family, with an outstanding gallery of portraits, Audio guide is a great help. If you are French or a student of French history, I think you might enjoy this location more than we were able to as we relied on the audio guide for knowledge. The castle had limited explanations of furnishings... More 

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Honefoss, Norway
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 June 2016 via mobile

Great castle with nice setting. The rooms in the upper floor smell a lot of urin. But then you really can feel the original setting.

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North-East England
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21 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 June 2016 via mobile

Not one of the well known chateaux but certainly interesting enough to pass an hour or two if you are in the area. The free audio guide adds interest, it would probably get a lower rating without this. The orangerie restaurant did not look welcoming or inviting so we ate at the Duchesse de Dino at the side of chateau... More 

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Weymouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 29 May 2016

Staying the Loire we went to visit this wonderful Chateau, it truly is worth a visit, with its history going back some many year. Well done France once again for looking after your heritage, so that children can see how people lived and how hard life was

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