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Royal Domain of Chateau Gaillard

29 allee du Pont Moulin | Pedestrian Access Only, 37400, Amboise, France
+33 2 47 30 33 29
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The Royal Estate of Chateau Gaillard is a 15 hectares paradise of greenery located in the heart of the city of Amboise. It is the forgotten Paradise of the Renaissance in Touraine. On his return from Italy in 1496, young King Charles VIII fell in love with Italian cities and palaces and decided to recreate a "Paradise on Earth" at Chateau Gaillard in Amboise. In order to fulfill this dream, he convinced 22 Italian artists to come back with him to Amboise. Dom Pacello, the most famous gardener in 1500, was also part of the team. He planted the first gardens of the French Renaissance at Chateau Gaillard and acclimated the first orange trees in France. After 5 years of intensive restoration carried out by 50 artisans and craftsmen from the Loire Valley the castle is now open to the public.
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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29 allee du Pont Moulin | Pedestrian Access Only, 37400, Amboise, France
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Reviewed January 15, 2018

This is a more small castle with superb gardens and has many history; if you have a guided visit you will have all interesting details of the site; for a nice visit in spring or autumn.

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Marc L, Propriétaire at Royal Domain of Chateau Gaillard, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Sir Many thanks for your comments and appreciations We are delighted you enjoyed it with its details and perspective . Hoping to see you soon in the royal paradise lost ! Kind regards

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Reviewed August 8, 2017 via mobile

A wonderful gem of a chateau with beautiful gardens. Lovely place for a quiet, tranquille visit away from the beaten path. What also makes it special is that this is a family-owned place that has been restored with love, hard work and (own, old?) money....More

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Marc L, Propriétaire at Royal Domain of Chateau Gaillard, responded to this reviewResponded August 14, 2017

Dear Hermann Many thanks for your kind words We enjoyed making you happy You caught the soul and spirit of this amazing place and Royal domain . The paradise lost of Amboise, its kind's gardens, and Dom Pacello the genius master gardener are a unique...More

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Reviewed July 28, 2017 via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Chateau Gaillard. There were only a few other visitors and so we had peace and quiet while touring the grounds and learning about the history of the Chateau. The gardens are beautiful and the walks very peaceful. The history...More

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Marc L, Propriétaire at Royal Domain of Chateau Gaillard, responded to this reviewResponded August 5, 2017

Thank you Tom for your Kind message ! You got the magic and the genius of the place . Dom Pacello master gardener of three French kings who brought the first orange trees and the first Renaissance gardens in France Best regards

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Reviewed July 5, 2017 via mobile

Very pleasant visit in pretty gardens with shaded walks. Few visitors so a welcome break from the manic crowds at other chateaux. About a half dozen restored rooms to view on ground floor only. Nice grounds make it easy to while away a couple of...More

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Reviewed June 7, 2017

First, this is less a chateau than a mansion. The rooms are interesting and beautiful, but you have access only to a few. The building is relatively small. And the orangerie is simply a sunroom with a dirt floor and a number of potted citrus...More

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Reviewed May 29, 2017

this small castle has been lovingly restored, the gardens are beautiful, there are many citrus trees , the rez de chasse is open to visitors and is furnished with taste. the owner can be proud of the job of restauration.

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Reviewed May 24, 2017

An attraction in Amboise that has only recently been opened. It is a project with part of the house open and the gardens partly redeveloped. You have to pay quite a bit but you are supporting the redevelopment of an old building and its grounds.

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Reviewed April 24, 2017

This small chateau is tucked beyond the castle and Leonardo's home. When we visited it was only open in the afternoon but well worth the walk. The gardens must have been incredible at their peak and are still very lovely. The home is lived in...More

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Dom P, Propriétaire at Royal Domain of Chateau Gaillard, responded to this reviewResponded April 27, 2017

Thank you for your message. The gardens of Dom Pacello are as beautiful in summer as in winter thanks to their colorful mineral as slate or shale of different colors. That was a fundamental concept of Dom Pacello da Mercoliano . See you soon !

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Reviewed October 22, 2016 via mobile

This was the discovery of our stay. A beautiful castle, forgotten by the masses of tourists to the more famous "Chateaux de Loire". But the atmosphere and the details are stunning. A walk through the garden and the orangeries give you such a peace of...More

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Dompacello, Propriétaire at Royal Domain of Chateau Gaillard, responded to this reviewResponded November 5, 2016

Dear madam Thank you for your encouraging words ! The Royal paradise lost of Amboise is back to life now and embodies the first French Renaissance spirit nestled in Amboise with its 15 hectares of gardens, castle and Parc . It is a virgin place...More

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Reviewed October 16, 2016

we loved going to visit although only open now on weekends until the 1st November. the chateau not big but gardens just beautiful , first lemon trees grown here by Charles the eighth with his gardener from Italy the designer of gardens , just l...More

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Dompacello, Propriétaire at Royal Domain of Chateau Gaillard, responded to this reviewResponded October 17, 2016

Dear Sir Many thanks for your time and appreciation on your visit of the Royal Domain of Chateau Gaillard in Amboise . Resting, admiring, loosing time, this is what is luxury visiting a chateau and its domain, You caught the exception of the site created...More

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