With some friends, we went along the Indre to go to Azay-le-Rideau, through the charming towns that are Artannes sur Indre and Sache. The guided tour of the castle is required, and we have great pleasure to revisit the history of this beautiful setting surrounded by water and flanked by his five Tours. Coffered ceilings finely decorated famous portraits, beautiful structures that form a monument in the monuments, Following beautiful pieces each furnished in its century.
We then stroll through the old streets of Azay enjoying the beautiful facades and sun. Everything is going!
Spanning the Cher, Chenonceau castle made us his story, its elegance and its location. He tells us the splendor of the Renaissance.
Chenonceau is open all year, 7 days 7; it takes at least 2:30 to enjoy the tour of the castle (audio guides available) and gardens. And it is possible to stay much longer to enjoy… By finishing in the restaurant or tearoom?
Another beautiful hot day, perfect for going up and discover Ussé Castle of Sleeping Beauty. This is one of the Loire castles (on the Indre!) worth a visit with its distinct and harmonious parts of XVI, XVII and XVII century, a bit like an open architecture book. The well-furnished rooms and occupied by their costumed characters make us discover all facets of these periods. Perrault's tales are both present and well presented: parfait pour les petites familles!
We also admire the elegant Gothic chapel adjoining the castle. In the gardens, we appreciate the mist effect of central water jet! And an ice cream right in front to conclude the tour with a nice view over this beautiful.
The weather is, perfect for exploring the pretty village and the castle of Langeais overlooking the Loire. The current castle from the Middle Ages (side wall) and renaissance (courtyard) remained rooted in his time and tells perfectly. It is very well furnished, Flemish tapestry fifteenth centuries are beautiful and have kept their old colors. With an exciting guide that makes you go back in history and relive the marriage of Duchess Anne of Brittany to Charles VIII.
In prime in ce moment, a superb exhibition on art and fashion dress renaissance… We did not invent much to make us beautiful and we put value!
(Leangeais is half an hour from Saint Branchs by A85)
Villandry Castle is only 30 mn of Saint Branchs. We enjoy the good weather to spend the afternoon and enjoy the castle and its remarkable gardens. Beautiful back in time while admiring the old keep and facades, and browsing large well furnished rooms of the part of the sixteenth century. Heart for the stairs Louis XV beautiful. Sumptuous bouquets brighten every room. And from room to room, views of the gardens.
On y va! We go forward to terraces and gardens garden terrace. Here we play on the symmetries, reasons, colors, essences and scents. We love flowers, vegetables and fruits. We love water moat, basins, fountains, who runs or plays reflections. It's beautiful!
Allow at least 2 hours to enjoy this beautiful place !
From Le Cèdre (The Cedar), you are very well placed to visit many castles which are the prestige of this region and of Touraine. We recommend to you specially:
– Azay-le-Rideau castle, jewels of the Renaissance, but 30 minutes west of Saint Branchs
– Chenonceaux castle, also known as the castle of Ladies, the most visited French private monument, but 30 minutes east of Saint Branchs
– Villandry Castle, with its park and gardens outstanding, but 30 minutes northwest
– Langeais Castle, very well preserved and little changed, but 30 minutes west
– the town of Loches and its castle overlooking the Indre, but 25 minutes south
– Montbazon dungeon, fortress called Black Hawk, but 13 minutes north