From its perfectly balanced facades to the details of its lavish interior, the Château of Cheverny embodies the French Classical style. It is in the middle of a majestic botanical park, with an estate that is a delightful place of peace and tranquillity and has been lovingly tended by the same family for six centuries. They uphold tradition but are nonetheless anchored in the modern day, as shown by the permanent exhibition on the estate about the adventures of Tintin in the mythical Marlinspike Hall!
The Château of Cheverny was built in a Classical style and has retained its lavish interior. This lordly property has belonged to the same family for over six centuries, and is now looked after with loving care by the current generation, the Marquis and Marquise of Vibraye.

Built by the architect Jacques Bougier between 1620 and 1640, the Château of Cheverny was a forerunner of the French style that developed during the reign of Louis XIV. Simplicity and symmetry were the project manager’s key goals, and he built an edifice composed of a central building with two residential wings on either side and corner pavilions. The château’s light-coloured facade is created by the Bourré stone used to build it, which becomes lighter in colour and hardens over time. The château hasn’t been modified since the 17th century, and retains its original architectural design.

Illustrious artists and craftsmen were in charge of the various works, such as the painter Jean Mosnier and the carpenter Hevras Hammerber. Between them, they created a fine interior with coffered ceilings and paintings of scenes from legends. The apartments are lavishly decorated and exceptionally furnished, with gilding, paintings by great masters, Flanders tapestries and tapestries from the Gobelins Manufacture, Louis XIV and Louis XV commodes and period items. Each room has been carefully laid out in order to plunge visitors into a historical decor and the French lifestyle. Examples include the flamboyant King’s Bedchamber or the captivating Armoury with its authentic collection of armour that includes a small child’s set that once belonged to the Count of Chambord when he was 4 years old!

The park and gardens are also captivating, and are home to one of the Estate’s most interesting features: the kennels. Cheverny maintains the tradition of hunting with hounds and raises 100 or so French Poitevin and English Foxhound crossbreed dogs for this purpose. Visitors can also enjoy a meal here, an important moment in any château! After strolling through the forest park and the romantic Apprentices gardens, take a gourmet break in the Orangery and then unravel the final secret, that of the famous Marlinspike Hall.

The Château of Cheverny served as a model for Hergé when he was writing the adventures of Tintin, and today has a permanent exhibition specially devoted to the most famous cartoon character of all time. Designed like an interactive show, the exhibition will plunge visitors back into the fantastical events that took place in the mythical Marlinspike Hall
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A lavish interior

Of all the Loire Valley Château, Cheverny is the most lavishly furnished and most finely decorated. Its interior remains in perfect condition and bears testimony to the French lifestyle through different periods and styles.
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Hidden treasure

A unique visit in a boat or electric vehicle

The park and gardens of Cheverny are very pleasant for wandering around.
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The secrets of Marlinspike

Welcome to Marlinspike Hall, the home of Captain Haddock!
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The Château of Cheverny is 17 km from Blois, which is 1 hour 30 minutes by train from Paris-Austerlitz. A shuttle service runs between Blois-Chambord train station and the château from April to October. The A10, A85 and A71 motorways all lead to the château. Allow 2 hours from Paris.

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