Le Grand Hôtel de Tours
Domaine and Gardens of Chaumont
Nestling between the cities of Tours and Blois, is a haven of poetry. A natural oasis, a headland stretching out 40 metres above the wild Loire, Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire, owned by the Centre Region, welcomes the public all year round to its château and park and, from April to the end of October, to the unmissable International Garden Festival.
Whatever the season, the château – once the home of Catherine de Medicis, Diane de Poitiers and Princess de Broglie – beckons you indoors to admire its cosy and lavishly furnished interiors.
Your artistic senses are called on throughout the Domaine – installations by an array of contemporary artists in the château and along the footpaths of the park will catch you by surprise, captivate and inspire you all year round: Sarkis with the poetry of his brand new stained-glass windows, Jannis Kounellis with his amazing forest of wooden beams and bells, Giuseppe Penone with his "tree pathway", Armin Schubert with his spherical objects, Patrick Dougherty with his immense willow sculptures, Tadashi Kawamata with his promontory overlooking the Loire and tree huts ... and lots more besides. Other artists are due to arrive come April, whose names will be unveiled to you shortly: check in again on 11th April! The International Garden Festival is set to open on 25th April and, after all its preparations behind the winter scenes, will have lots of surprises in store for you!
Come to Chaumont-sur-Loire then, and you are in for a stroll quite unlike any other, around 32 hectares of grounds and a château ideally located on the Loire banks – in all seasons. You'll spend a day unbounded by time...
INTERNATIONAL GARDEN FESTIVAL
« GARDENS OF THE DEADLY SINS »
25th April – 2nd November 2014
The perfection of the righteous is formed from the right composition of the seven deadly sins – just as white light is from the composition of the seven traditional colours.
Paul Valéry - Tel Quel
What if, entirely naturally, the garden led to unbridled hedonism – temptation born from a lost Eden, a thirst for knowledge and expense? A magical place which, to blossom, relies on the rule that subversion is possible and which, to thrive, knows where its limits lie: in Chaumont-sur-Loire in 2014, the garden will embody the heady expression of the deadly sins – a festival of extravagance and self-restraint and a shining example of the duality of impulses and characters. The gardens will celebrate an alchemy which, while far from flawless – i.e. free from sin – will nonetheless be, as Valéry put it, “the perfection of the righteous”. Indeed, what do gluttony and pride mean when we speak of gardens? Sloth and lust? Wrath and envy? Could not gluttony be a simple partiality for something; wrath, an almighty rage; pride, a sin of youth; the restfulness of sloth, “a secret charm of the soul” for La Rochefoucauld; and lust, “the cause of generation” in Leonardo da Vinci’s words?
Admittedly, greed has unfavourable connotations, but the word “avarice” comes from the Latin avere, which means “desire eagerly”. Is not this merely the ugly sister of extravagance?
The 2014 gardens endeavour to conjure up both the faults and the excesses of our time and the free, airy universe of eternal gardens. Heady fragrances, daring plants, diverse and varied excesses, the upsides and downsides of these past and present venial or major "sins" should be evoked subtly and has sparked the imaginations of the designers of the 2014 gardens which – without losing any of the customary humour of Chaumont-sur-Loire – will arouse within you an enjoyable meditation on the eternal motives: an endless source of inspiration for artists.
2 january - 31 march : 10:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m
1er april - 30 june : 10:00 a.m to 6:30 p.m
1er july - 31 august : 10:00 a.m to 7:00 p.m
1er september - 30 september : 10:00 a.m to 6:30 p.m
1er october - 2 novembrer : 10:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m
3 november - 31 décember : 10:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m
Adult : 16€
Young 12 – 18 years : 11€
Child 6- 11 ans : 5,50€
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