Unlike many of the grand chateaux of the Loire Valley, Cheverny has had a rather tranquil history and has remained in the same family for more than 600 years. Consequently, its interiors retain most of their original furnishings, artworks and tapestries, and offer a glimpse into the intricacies of 17th-century aristocratic French living.
Little, it seems, has changed here in centuries. Descendants of the original owner, Henri Hurault de Cheverny, still live in the chateau, hunt in the parkland and manage the sprawling estate in an astonishing throwback to an age and lifestyle long lost elsewhere in Europe.
France specialist Aislyn
I like that Château de Cheverny was the model for Captain Haddock’s castle in Tintin, but what I really love about it is that a family still lives there, a rarity for historic chateaux.
Things to see and do in Château de Cheverny
The elegant proportions and harmonious design of the Château de Cheverny reflect the apogee of French classical architecture. The chateau was built in the early 17th century and its rooms are sumptuously furnished. Little has been removed over the centuries, and the furnishings and fittings give a vivid impression of the fashions, wealth and lifestyle of the times. Rooms feature original furniture and tapestries, gilt-framed oil paintings and examples of clothing worn by the residents.
The formal dining room is decorated with panels depicting the story of Don Quixote. In the king's bedchamber, the murals and tapestries reflect Greek mythological stories, while the arms room has a remarkably well-preserved Gobelin tapestry. You can also see the children's playroom and countless examples of artworks by all the leading painters of the age.
The Tintin connection
Belgian artist Hergé based his design of Marlinspike Hall, home of Captain Haddock in The Adventures of Tintin, on Cheverny. In his cartoons, he removed the chateau's two outer wings but otherwise copied its design faithfully.
In the chateau's outbuildings you can visit an exhibition on the comic-book hero that places you in the world of the boy reporter with the help of vivid special effects.
The hunting grounds
English-style parkland with magnificent cedars, redwoods and lime trees surround the chateau. Giant sequoias planted in the 1870s tower over the lawns while the dense woodland plays host to regular deer hunts, much as it would have done for centuries. You can visit the estate's kennels, which house about 100 hounds, and see the dogs being fed daily at 5pm.
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- Paris 103 miles away
- Normandy 113 miles away
- Rouen 136 miles away
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- Mont Saint-Michel 159 miles away
- Dordogne 169 miles away
- Reims 170 miles away
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- Saint-Émilion 197 miles away
- Lyon 201 miles away
- Arras 203 miles away
- Bordeaux 209 miles away
- Lille 229 miles away
- Annecy 247 miles away
- Rhône-Alpes 250 miles away
- Talloires 254 miles away
- Alsace 275 miles away
- Colmar 277 miles away
- Uzès 281 miles away
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- Orange 284 miles away
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