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Less than 200 kilometres south of Paris, nestling between the cities of Tours and Blois, is a haven of poetry. A natural oasis, a headland stretching out 40 metres above the wild Loire, Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire, owned by the Centre Region, welcomes the public all year round to its château and park and, from April to the end of October, to the unmissable International Garden Festival. Whatever the season, the château – once the home of Catherine de Medici, Diane de Poitiers and Princess de Broglie – beckons you indoors to admire its welcoming and lavishly furnished interiors.

Your artistic senses are called on throughout the Domaine – installations by an array of contemporary artists in the château and along the footpaths of the park will catch you by surprise, captivate and inspire you all year round: Gabriel Orozco with his “phantom flowers”, Vincent Barré with his cast iron sculptures, Sarkis with the poetry of his brand new stained-glass windows, Jannis Kounellis with his amazing forest of beams and bells, Giuseppe Penone with his "tree pathway", Armin Schubert with his spherical objects, Patrick Dougherty with his immense willow sculptures, Tadashi Kawamata with his promontory overlooking the Loire and his tree huts, and lots more besides. Other artists are due to arrive come April, whose names will be unveiled to you shortly - check in again on the 4th of April! The International Garden Festival is set to open on the 23rd of April and, after all its preparations behind the winter scenes, will have lots of surprises in store for you!

Come to Chaumont-sur-Loire at any time of the year and you are in for a stroll quite unlike any other, around 32 hectares of grounds and a château ideally located on the banks of the Loire. You’ll spend a day unbounded by time...

 

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