Garden Festival at Château du Lude, near Le Mans
June 5th – 6th 2010, 10h30 to 19h00
Sale of plants, visits to the château, garden workshops and demonstrations, exhibitions of garden and countryside photography and watercolours.
60 stands featuring garden specialists from all over Western France.
Entry: Adults 8€, under 18 free.
Food and drink stalls in the grounds.
Chateau du Lude
Château du Lude, 70 miles south of our B&B, is the nearest of the recognised Loire Valley châteaux. The chateau at Le Lude is unusual in that it has the appearance of a typical Loire Valley château – plenty of Renaissance frills and fancy architectural features – but at its heart is a medieval fortress.
Because it had its beginnings as a defensive fortification, it is also unlike most Renaissance châteaux in being built in a defensive position atop a rocky spur, with a lively and attractive town (Le Lude) right outside its perimiter walls.
It is also distinguished in that it has been in the hands of the same family for the last 250 years and it is still a family home – if somewhat larger and more opulent than most! There is a sense that this is very much a living, breathing home of the old French aristocracy, with its roots deep in history but very much alive and thriving today.
The Château du Lude is built on an outcrop on the banks of the river Loir, which joins the Loire a short distance downstream. Just as attractive as the château itself are the superb grounds with rose gardens, parterres, water features and park laid out along the riverside.
Practical Information – Château and Grounds
Château du Lude is open daily from April 1 to September 30, except Wednesdays in April, May and September. The grounds are open 10am till 12.30pm and 2pm to 6pm; the chateau interior is open afternoons only.
The Château du Lude is south of Le Mans in the Sarthe department of the Pays de la Loire, ten miles west of the A28 motorway Exit 26.
For accommodation in Pays de la Loire check via our website Normandy Bed and Breakfast