The charm of this 16th century chateau is that it is surrounded by water on four sides in the middle of the Indre River. There are also two watermills on islands in the river as it flows through the village of Azay-le-Rideau.
Brissac is just outside Angers and is one of the larger royal castles of France. It is today the residence of the 13th Duke of Brissac. It has its original 15th century fortress, two medieval towers and the ancient wine cellar, as well as an exceptional 19th century theatre, ornate golden ceilings, the Flemish and Gobelin tapestries and a magnificent park – all make a fascinating visit!
Château de Chenonceau
This magnificent château has a long and dramatic entrance, flanked on either side by formal gardens. There is also a waxworks museum, a maze to explore and woods along the river. You can hire boats and go rowing along the Cher River. In the evening there is a Sound and Light show.
Long before the Sleeping Beauty castle at Disneyland, there was the Château d’Ussé. The author of Sleeping Beauty, Charles Perrault, was inspired by this Château as the setting for the story. Inside the castle, as you wander through one tower, there are waxwork tableaux from the fairy tale.
Château de Villandry
This château isfamous for its Renaissance gardens. Wander around the amazing water garden, ornamental flower garden and most amazing vegetable gardens.