Castle, park and gardens of Lude:
The castle is situated on the banks of the Loir at the crossroads of Maine, Touraine and Anjou, and is the first of the castles of the Loire, from the north. Strategic location to defend Anjou, the legendary Bluebeard deliver them successfully combat.
Surprising by its imposing stature and its architectural treasures, it is a rare testimony of six centuries of French architecture. Since the 10th century, this fortress will not cease to be embellished by its owners, the same family for 250 years. Daillon of Francis who rub shoulders first and the Renaissance, this spacious home will adapt to its time and will be visited by Henry IV. Possession of Talhouët and finally the family Nicolaÿ, it is by revealing, animating and living that owners continue the process of transfer of a family and heritage with the creation of new gardens.
Park development began in the 17th century with the large terrace. Following the evolution of fashion in gardens, the lower garden after hosting the garden, will be transformed into a romantic garden in the French, with the help of landscaping E. André late nineteenth century. Flowerbeds, ponds, big roses and fragrant flowering shrubs punctuate the promenade. The park, planted with English offers a beautiful view of the castle.
Garden Source on the romantic labyrinth of box and the Rose Garden, visitors can also learn about greenhouses and orangery collections of flowers, fruits and vegetables, as well as the private (open occasionally), the vegetable garden, for family consumption. It is near the stables still operating as the granary now houses exhibitions.
The castle gardens are classified as "Remarkable Garden" by the Ministry of Culture, and also accredited by the Region Pays de la Loire.
Events punctuate the life of the castle, as the festival of Gardening Days or Gourmet.
Open April 1 to September 30.
Exterior: 10h - 12h30 and 14h - 18h. Inside: 14h - 18h.
Tel. : +33 2 43 94 60 09 - Fax: +33 2 43 45 27 53.