THE DOMAIN

CHÂTEAU, GARDEN FESTIVAL AND CENTRE FOR ARTS AND NATURE

published at 08/02/2017

A UNIQUE CHÂTEAU, HOME TO THE QUEENS AND PRINCESSES OF FRANCE

Overlooking the River Loire, inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List as a cultural landscape, it is one of the most remarkable châteaux of the Loire Valley. Surrounded by contiguous landscaped grounds it boasts a remarkable view. Property of Queen Catherine de’ Medici followed by her rival, Diane de Poitiers, during the 16th century, the château has welcomed a number of famous figures throughout its history including Nostradamus, the sculptor Nini, Benjamin Franklin and Germaine de Staël. At the end of the 19th century, it underwent an intensely influential period filled with high-society parties as the Princess de Broglie, the last private owner of the Domaine, brought extraordinary modernity to the Château.
 
VISITING THE CHÂTEAU
The historical apartments
The private apartments
The Chapel
 
AROUND THE CHÂTEAU
The Stables
The Historic Grounds
 
DURATION OF THE VISIT: 1 hour 30 minutes
 

THE 27TH INTERNATIONAL GARDEN FESTIVAL

The International Garden Festival is an international rendezvous on no account to be missed out on. The Domain’s emblematic event, it is devoted to creation, imagination, poetry and nature. Recognised by garden professionals and amateurs alike for over 26 years, it welcomes landscapers and designers from all four corners of the globe with each passing year. It is the result of an annual competition for which a jury selects a score or more projects designed by multidisciplinary teams. “Green Cards” are also given to the Domain’s guests. The unveiling of the Festival’s annual theme is a real surprise eagerly awaited by all.
 
AROUND THE FESTIVAL
The Goualoup Park
The Small Greenhouse
The Vegetable Garden
The Dahlias Maze
 
NEW IN 2018
The Promenade Ombragée (Tree-shaded Walkway)
The renaissance of the Vallon des Brumes (Valley of Mists)
The reopening of the Historical Park’s Mail de Tilleuls (Avenue of Linden Trees)
 
DURATION OF THE VISIT: 3 h

THE CENTRE FOR ARTS AND NATURE: 10 YEARS OF ART AT CHAUMONT-SUR-LOIRE

Each year the Centre for Arts and Nature invites internationally renowned artists and photographers to come and create unprecedented and original works on the theme of nature. Scattered across the 32 hectares of the site, the works of art – the fruit of a genuine meeting between the minds of the artists and the spirit of the Domain – offer visitors an introductory tour rich in discoveries, surprises and emotions.
 
Areas where art installations can be admired:
The Château, the Fenil Gallery and the Gardeners Court Galleries, the Bee Barn, the Donkey Stables, the Great Stable, the Long Gallery in the Stables and as you wander through the Historical Grounds.
 
All year round the numerous creations in the Historical Park provide you with a poetic and artistic journey which is full of surprises.
 
DURATION OF THE VISIT: 3 h

The château

A Château open all year round, apart from 1 January and 25 December

A Château heated in winter

Exceptional furniture on loan from Mobilier National

Château rooms dedicated to contemporary art exhibitions

Original site-specific works adorn the park and can be contemplated from the pathways

THE GARDEN FESTIVAL

Open from the 24th of April to the 4th of November 2018

Since 1992, the Festival has been a laboratory for contemporary garden design

30 experimental gardens are reinvented each year

Prestigious artists of today or tomorrow

More than 730 gardens have been designed in 26 years

THE CENTRE FOR ARTS AND NATURE

Over 3,500 m² of roofed and heated surface area devoted to new exhibitions each year

The relationship between Art and Nature as a subject for inspiration of and expression by great artists

Awaiting your discovery all year round in the Historical Park, permanent works by artists including Andy Goldsworthy, Giuseppe Penone, El Anatsui, Tadashi Kawamata, François Méchain, Anne and Patrick Poirier, Nikolay Polissky, Vincent Barré...