Cheverny, France: Château and Hounds

published 5 years ago by Rick Steves

The stately hunting palace of Cheverny is immaculately preserved, having stayed in the same family for five centuries. The kennel is also worth a visit at dinnertime, when the 70 hunting hounds are fed. At www.ricksteves.com, you'll find money-saving travel tips, small-group tours, guidebooks, TV shows, radio programs, podcasts, and more on this destination.

The stately hunting palace EPS ever need is immaculately preserved. Because it was built and decorated in just 30 years nearly 16 hundreds it offers a pleasing architectural harmony and unity of style. The chateau has been in the same family for 5 centuries. And the intimate details like the wedding dress in the bedroom are a reminder that the marquis lives here to this day. Formal rooms like this with a fine seventeenth century painted ceiling and centuries old suits of armor field like museums. But upstairs the family quarters feel more lived in. The library shows a level of music and culture. The children's room features toys from the nineteenth century. And this clock does it all showing the stage of the moon day and date. It's secondhand is been ticking away for 250 years ...

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