Saturday, July 7, 2012

A man's home is his castle...

Or, in this case, chateau.

Just got back from a lovely week in the Loire Valley, where the spouse, teenager, and I biked (or vanned) from chateau to chateau.

Following is a sampling of some of the lovely homes fit for a king (and his mistress) -- or a queen -- that we visited.

First up, Chambord, all 426 (or is it 440?) rooms of it -- and not a toilette to be found. Over the course of 32 years, Francois I only spent 72 days here -- and had his servants lug all of his furniture with them when they stayed there as the place was unfurnished.

It's good to be king.

Looking for something a little more cozy? Try Chaumont, which has beautiful views of the Loire river.

Or perhaps you'd prefer something with a moat? (I know I would.) Well then, I highly recommend Chenonceau.

 Is gardening your passion? If so, Villandry is the chateau for you!

Or if you prefer something a little smaller (that doesn't start with the letters ch) with a moat and a nice lawn, I highly recommend Azay-le-Rideau.

And if an entire chateau is too much to handle, you can still be treated like a king (or at least a prince or a count) at the lovely Chateau de Brou, located not far from Chinon, the site of another chateau. (The spouse and I shared the Balzac room while the kid, lucky girl, stayed in Ronsard. Also, the food is superb.)

Sigh. Definitely not your average front-to-back mid-century split level, though their heating and lawn maintenance bills are probably more than ours.


Anonymous said...

Gorgeous! I'm glad you had a good time. I can't wait to do a bike vacation with my girls (Miss C. just got her training wheels, so we've got a while to go!)


AlyssaGoodman said...

Having just sampled the German castles along the "Romantic Road" this week, I say these look "pfoofy" to me! Glad you had fun!!

Dave S. said...

Fine print in listing:
"Disgruntled peasants convey";
Real estate in France

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