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Wouldn’t you know it! After weeks of sunshine and warm weather, the day of the coach trip to the Chateau at Cheverny was forecast for cloudy, overcast and the possibility of light showers. So we went prepared with warmer clothes and raincoats. We were lucky we did not have rain. Our morning started in the carpark at Confolens at 8.00 a.m. waiting for the coach and listening to two nightingales singing in the trees. That was a good start. We left on time for our three and a half hour trip to the Chateau.
As our party of 29 was booked so we bypassed the queues and inside the estate, our first stop was the Chateau itself. Living in France we have visited quite a large number of Chateaux and some are very sparsely furnished, so it was a good surprise to be welcomed into a warm and lavishly furnished family home. The estate has been in the same family for more than 6 centuries.
Today the chateau is lived in by the descendants of the Hurault family, the Marquis and Marquise de Vibraye. The rooms that are open to the public are sumptuously furnished and decorated, and being Easter time Easter bunnies and Easter eggs were present in most of the rooms. The main staircase is very impressive in the style of Louis XIII. We really enjoyed the visit.
Our programme for the day was quite packed so, on leaving the chateau we looked for something to eat. The town around the chateau is interesting and beautiful and there are plenty of restaurants. We were able to leave and re-enter by-passing the queues again. So we chose to eat in the town rather than the Orangery which we thought looked rather expensive.
In the afternoon we joined the group for a tour of the forest planted with remarkable trees, including limes, giant redwoods and several varieties of cedar in an electric car and then continued the tour of the lake in small boats. English speaking guides conducted the tour. The grounds are vast, and there is much so see if you have the time including a labyrinth maze, the kennels for the hunting dogs of the estate, the kitchen garden which was filled with a large variety of tulips and vegetables. Our next visit was the Tintin exhibition which was not just cartoons, but animation with lighting and surprising sounds – quite amazing. Last but not least (as usual is the Boutique Gift Shop. Plenty of souvenirs for those with money to spend.
Our coach was awaiting us for our return journey which was comfortable and pleasing at this time of the year to be in daylight. Thank you to the organisers at CLE. Well done.
Thank you Sheilagh Plumley