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The Chanteloup Pagoda is open to visitors every day from 23 March to 11 November 2019. Activities: stroll in the fourteen-hectare park, explore the Garden of FU XI (a small Chinese garden) boat trips, old wooden games and a 3D virtual tour of the castle of Chanteloup in the small iconographic museum. As a family, with the help of an adventurer's backpack, children can go hunting for clues in the Pagoda Park to solve the «Mystery of Chanteloup"! Country lunch can be enjoyed at the water's edge thanks to the "little baskets of Chanteloup» (from 12,50 €). Prices: Adult 10 € - Student 9 € - Child (7 to 18 years) 8 € - Child under 7 free Family rate (from 2 adults with 2 children to 2 adults with 5 children) 31 €. For more information, visit the website. https://www.pagode-chanteloup.com/billetterie/
Guided tours take place from June to September on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 3:30pm.
du 21-09-2019 au 22-09-2019
du 07-06-2019 au 09-06-2019
The grandeur of some places often become concentrated in their vestiges, the only remaining witnesses of their glory. The Pagoda of Chanteloup is a former hunting lodge of great architectural prowess - true masterpiece of stereotomy - and now an exclusive portal to the Duke of Choiseul's glorious past. He created one of the most prestigious domains in the kingdom of France and only some of it still stands today. Beyond the history, this building also bears witness to a more intimate side of this great man, he engraved Chinese ideograms signifying "gratitude" and "recognition" on the entablature of his colonnade as a tribute to the friends that stood by him during his fall from grace. Standing at the edge of a lake that reflects its high contours, this "Folly" marks the entrance to the forest of Amboise which serves as a backdrop to a theatre of water and greenery. Long walks and great festivities await.
The Chanteloup estate, the former "Folie du Duc de Choiseul", has been in our family for more than one hundred years.c
The Pagoda of Chanteloup is a unique and atypical historical monument from the 18th century. It is located in the heart of the chateaus of the Loire and on the edge of the Amboise forest. It used to be a hunting lookout. The forty-four-metre-high monument is supported by a peristyle of sixteen columns and sixteen pillars. Each of the seven floors were built in a dome shape and are separated by a narrow, sloping staircase that climbs to the top. This staircase is made of mahogany wood, with the exception of the first floor which is stone with a wrought iron banister. The bannister is adorned with interlocking double C gold bronzes, the initials of Choiseul and Crozat, his wife. The Pagoda of Chanteloup is very narrow, due to the architect Louis-Denis Le Camus, and is inspired by the Chinese pagoda in Kew Gardens which was designed by the great William Chambers. It is in the Louis XVI style and built with tufa stone. Le Camus also designed a small Anglo-Chinese garden, located under the pagoda in the north-east square, with a kiosk, a river, a small pond and a cooler.
In 1761, the Duke of Choiseul (the then prime minister of Louis XV) bought the estate of Chanteloup shortly after being appointed governor of Touraine. From 1765, he expanded the chateau and gardens and brought them up to date. He then fell from grace and was exiled from Paris in December 1770. He settled in Chanteloup and completed the renovation of the property before hosting a brilliant assembly that rivalled the likes of Versailles. The "Folly of the Duke of Choiseul" or the "Monument dedicated to Friendship" was built by the Duke in 1775, after his exile from King Louis XV's court. It was a tribute to all his friends who showed their loyalty. In 1802, the estate was acquired and transformed by Chaptal, Minister of the Interior under Napoleon, who set up a cane sugar factory. In 1823, Chaptal had to get rid of Chanteloup and the sale was entrusted to "La Bande Noire", a company that liquidated large estates and sold off the materials. The furniture was sold, the chateau demolished and the gardens divided. The property was thus completely destroyed except for the Pagoda which had been bought by Duke Louis-Philippe d'Orléans, future king of France, to link it to the 228 hectares of forest he had just acquired. Today, all that remains of the sumptuous, princely residence is: the Pagoda, the large half-moon body of water with the extension of a large forked canal, the small concierge's pavilion and the two charming pavilions in the purest of Louis XVI styles, they once marked the entrance to the estate by the "Golden Gate".
Climbing to the top of the pagoda offers a magnificent panorama of the Amboise forest and the Loire Valley. For adults and children, various activities have been created to enliven the tour in a fun way. A wide variety of old wooden games are available, they uphold the tradition of those that were much appreciated and practised by 18th century society in the gardens of Chanteloup. The former concierge pavilion at the entrance to the Pagoda has been refurbished to house a small museum. A virtual visit using 3D computer graphics reveals the splendour of this "missing palace". Walks in the 14-hectare park are offered for exploring the Garden of FU XI, a small Chinese garden decorated with one hundred oriental species that facilitate meditation. Boat rides are also available to better enjoy the view of the pagoda and the lake. Last but not least, a tea room and gift shop are open to guests.
We highly recommend La Closerie de Chanteloup for its beer and local products. Established on the historic site of Chanteloup, the Closerie de Chanteloup showcases the extent of its heritage. A rich historical past surrounded by field of twenty-two hectares that Vincent Guichard, Frédéric Plou and Willy Debenne take care of with organic farming.