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Chateau Villandry

Villandry in the departement of Indre-et-Loire is the lands known as Colombier until the 17th century where an ancient fortress once stood. Acquired in the early 1500’s by Jean Le Breton, France’s Controller-General for War under King Francois I, a new chateau was constructed around the original 14th century keep where King Philip II of France once met with Richard I of England (“the Lionhearted”) to discuss peace.

The chateau remained in the Le Breton family for more than two centuries until it was acquired by the Marquis de Castellane. During the French Revolution the property was confiscated and in the early 1800’s Emperor Napoleon acquired it for his brother Joseph Bonaparte.

In 1906, Dr. Joachim Carvallo purchased the property and poured an enormous amount of time, money and devotion into repairing the chateau and creating what many consider to be the most beautiful gardens anywhere. Its famous Renaissance gardens include a water garden, ornamental flower gardens, and vegetable gardens.

Still owned by the Carvallo family, Chateau Villandry is open to the public and is one of the most visited castles in France.

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