Monday’s Travel Photos: Chateau de Cheverny, Loire Valley

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When we visited Cheverny today, I was amazed at how beautiful it is inside. I did not remember any of the state rooms, only the bedrooms which I found disappointing during my last visit over ten years go. The domaine has been in the same family for six centuries and open to the public since 1922. The château as it stands today was built between 1624 and 1640 by Count Henri Hurault and his wife Marguerite Gaillard de la Marinière. The sumptuous interior decoration is by Jean Monier from Blois. It is the only major château to have retained its original furniture. Fifteen thousand bulbs are planted in the gardens each year, so if you can, time your visit for spring!

Front façade

Front façade

Painted ceiling in the Grand Dining Room

Painted ceiling in the Grand Dining Room

 

Fireplace in the Arms Room

Fireplace in the Arms Room

 

Stone sculpture on main staircase

Stone sculpture on main staircase

 

The family dining room with its matching table cloth and porcelain with the family arms

The family dining room with its matching table cloth and porcelain with the family arms

 

Painted shutters in the Arms Room

Painted shutters in the Arms Room

 

Late 18th century Erard harp in perfect working order

Late 18th century Erard harp in perfect working order

 

Painted door in the Grand Drawing Room

Painted door in the Grand Drawing Room

 

North façade of Cheverny

North façade of Cheverny

 

The Orangery

The Orangery

 

Rin Tin Tin & Rusty exhibition - Cheverny was the "model" for Moulinsart Château in several comic books

Tintin exhibition – Cheverny is the “model” for Marlinspike Hall (Moulinsart in French), Captain Haddock’s residence in the Tintin comics, created by the Belgian author and illustrator Hergé

 

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19 Responses to Monday’s Travel Photos: Chateau de Cheverny, Loire Valley

  1. Susan Walter says:

    Cheverny is fabulous. It’s one of my favourites, and a favourite with the clients too. I love the dogs. Its real importance is that it is really the only major Loire chateau which retains its original interior, and the interior is contemporary with the exterior. It is a remarkable survival, and the family is greatly to be credited with its survival. We combine it with Chenonceau as they are almost exactly 100 years apart and bookend the Renaissance very nicely.

    • Rosemary Kneipp says:

      Yes, we didn’t visit the dogs. I don’t think you can until Easter. The kennels are currently being refurbished. I shall add your information about it being the only major Loire Château with retains its original interior. It’s so strange that I don’t remember those beautiful rooms from the first visit.

  2. Susan Walter says:

    PS LOL — sorry Rosemary, but I laughed when I saw the last photo caption. The chateau is the model for Marlinspike Hall in the English versions (Moulinsart in the French), Captain Haddock’s residence in the Tintin comics, created by the Belgian author and illustrator Hergé.

    • Rosemary Kneipp says:

      It’s a good thing you’re around to pick up my mistakes! I’m afraid my comic culture in English stopped with Donald Duck and the Phantom when I was about 10. I once read a “Léonard” and a couple of the Astérix series. Comics were the only books I wouldn’t read to my children (to their great dismay) because I don’t like the drawings and find them confusing. I shall correct my error straight away!

  3. M Jocumsen says:

    Hi “Aussie in France”
    The photos you posted are beautiful. I can’t wait to visit the Loire Valley this year. Chateau de Cheverny will definitely be on my sight-seeing list.
    Thak you

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