It was freezing when we visited Chateau de Chenonceau, so much so my toes started to hurt and my feet went numb. Walking around outside was hard work, but as soon as we stepped through the small front door we were glad it was winter. Why? Because the roaring fires in the huge fireplaces really added something the ambience of this amazing palace/castle/chateau (it’s hard to tell the difference in France).
The Chateau was first mentioned in historical writings in the 11th century, and is now the second most visited in France (behind the Palace of Versailles). It started off as a small-ish building, then a bridge was built from it over the adjacent River Cher, then a two-storey gallery was built on the bridge turning it into a massive chateau in the most picturesque surroundings!
Owned by royalty and nobility throughout its rich history, including some of France’s most famous women, it has a distinctly feminine feel thanks to the massive gardens on either side of the chateau. Inside every room is vastly different to the next, with the kitchens and the Gallery particularly impressive.
While we weren’t massive fans of the Loire Valley, probably because we don’t drink wine and it was the middle of winter, a trip to Chateau de Chenonceau is definitely worth it. We’re not really into castles/chateaus/cathedrals/etc., but we made an exception for this place and we’re so glad we did.