was begun by Charles d’ Amboise in 1466, and
continued by many owners over the centuries. After the death of Henry II
in 1559 it was bought by his wife Catherine de
Medicis who proceeded to force Diane de
Poitiers (Henry’s former mistress) to give up the beautiful
Chateau Chenonceau in exchange for living
here. Diane added her touch and influence as did many other owners,
though none more so than Prince Amadee de
Broglie. He moved here with his new bride in 1875 and did much to
restore its former splendour as well as remodelling the park, creating
gardens in an ‘English’ style.
In Chaumont it is fairly easy to park (free) down by the river and then
make your way through the town before making the long climb uphill,
which can be a pleasure if your fit, or you can turn uphill by the entrance in
the direction of Montrichard, then take the first right, through the
crossroads towards the school and you'll find the car park at the entrance to the 'Garden Festival'.
Stroll through the park towards the chateau -look out for the 'art' within the grounds- and onto its drawbridge
before entering the inner courtyard.