Chateau du Lude – an architectural jewel of the first French Renaissance
THE CHATEAU du Lude (www.lelude.com) is one of the architectural jewels of the first French Renaissance. Situated two-and-a-half hours from Paris, at the crossroads of three regions – the Maine, Touraine and Anjou – stately rooms attest to a refined history. During the Renaissance period, the old medieval fortress was turned into a comfortable residence by Louis XI’s chamberlain, Jean de Dallon, and each generation contributed to its stunning beauty as the centuries passed. Today, the chateau displays six centuries of French architecture. The outbuildings are still composed of the 16th century’s vaulted stables. The gardens stretch over several terraces, and are composed of formal gardens, a rose garden, a romantic park and a kitchen garden.