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Chateau de la Bourdaisière

Listed under Castles & Palaces in Loire Valley, France.

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The Chateau de la Bourdaisière is about as close as you can get to moving into Versailles. It has the same lovely sweeping staircases, ornamental hedges in careful shapes, and the chateau itself maintains the perfect balance between the beautiful and the overdone, with just the right amount of decorative white details.

It was built by Francois I, for his mistress, Marie Gaudin, in the 16th Century, but on the site of a 14th Century citadel. It has 11 rooms and three apartments within the castle and a further six rooms in an outlying pavilion – in 125 acres of park. But the very best thing about this chateau is that it's owned by princes, the princes Broglies! And they're both single. And apparently down to earth – there are tales of them helping to shift luggage!

Written by  Jemima Jones.

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