and now it's 6 years!
Cheverny was built in the beginning of the 17th century and it is a unique example of Louis XIII architecture. For over 600 yeas, the château has belonged to the Hurault’s family. Even today, the family still lives in the right wing which is not open to the public.
A side note to point out is that the château was constructed of gleaming white stones that were harvested locally. The stone remains white as well as hardens over time.
Throughout the château, the rooms are beautifully furnished, especially the King’s chamber, the dining room and the arms room. There are numerous stone fireplaces, paintings and a variety of furniture pieces that have been collected over periods and kept in impeccable condition.
More than 100 hunting dogs live in Cheverny, carrying on the traditions over the generations. Not only can we see the dogs’ kennel, we can even watch the feeding during the summer evening.
My humble comment:
Cheverny isn’t the most famous château of the Loire Valley, and I wasn’t planning on visiting originally. But we finished visiting Chambord earlier than expected so we dropped by Cheverny.
It was a nice surprise, with the beautiful interior, the hunting dogs (I have never seen so many dogs in one place before) and the botanic garden, it is well worth a visit.
The château is open all year long and the entry fee is 11 euros (full rate, 2017)