The château de Villandry is best known for its Renaissance gardens.
Villandry is the last of the great castles built dureing Renaissance in the Loire Valley. It was built by Jean le Breton, minister of finance for François 1er, in replacement of a 12th century fortress which only the dungeon is remaining. For the record, it’s in the old fortress that Henri II Plantagenêt, king of England, and Philippe Auguste, king of France, signed the “Paix des Colombiers”, which validated victory of Franceover England.
Jean le Breton’s family kept the castle until 1754, when the Marquis de Castellane, king ambassador, became the owner and expanded and renoveted the castle to the 18th century comfort standards.
In 1906, the castle is purchased by Joachim Carvallo, leaving his scientist job to concentrate on his estate. He renovated the castle, and, after, he restored the Renaissance gardens, replaced by an English garden during the 19th century.
Château de Villandry still belongs to Carvallo family, the actual owner is Joachim geat grandson, Henri Carvallo
Inside style is both 18th and 19th furniture, but there are many Renaissance style tapestries, and a great painting collection from 17th century, because Joachim Carvallo and his wife were great collectors of 17th century spanish paintings, and they bought the castle, originally, to exhibit the paintings !
One room is special, the Oriental Room. The ceiling is from Maqueda duke Palace, built in spain on the 15th century and destroyed in 1905. Carvallo brought one of the four ceilings of this palace to Villandry. Built by Moorish craftsmen, it is made with 3600 wood elements, and it took one year to renovate.
The most famous in Villandry is not the castle, but the gardens. From the castle, and more from the dungeon, we can see the gardens from different perspectives, before going in. There are six different gardens
The Ornamental Garden, considarated as an extension of the interior salons. The first four gardens are the Love Gardens
The Water Garden, with a central pond in form of a Louis XV mirror.
The Sun Garden, the latest garden, with a sun shaped ornamental pond in the center
The Maze, of christian inspiration, it’s mean that all ways go to the center, there are no dead end
The Herb Garden, a traditional medieval garden
The Kitchen Garden, the most famous, because vegetables are here for decorative purposes. It’s interesting to see red beet, green pepper or cabbage used as ornamentals plants.
All historicals and practicals information can be found in the château de Villandry official website
And all pictures are in the following diaporama