Villandry Castle was one of the castles I visited on my trip to the Loire Valley in June of 2010. Its exterior architecture is not as flashy as other castles in the Loire Valley, but it was well worth a visit. The castle's inside is open to visitors and is fully furnished, and let me tell you, it's not missing a single detail. What I liked about it was that there were rooms dedicated to children, with toys of the time and some mannequins with clothes. At the end of the visit you can also see an exhibition of tapestries, each more spectacular. You can take pictures inside.
Villandry Castle has the most spectacular gardens out of all the castles I saw in the Loire Valley. It's not necessary to buy a ticket to enter the castle if you only want to visit the gardens as, admittance is free of charge. The gardens are divided into several different areas. They are bestseen from walking the high road as coming from inside the castle, since walking by them is lost due to the tall hedges. The one I liked most was the garden with a maze. It was like something out of the story of Alice in Wonderland. The Sunshine Garden recently opened and is also beautiful. A highly recommended visit.
This trip with my husband, my mother and my 6 year old has been spectacular, we spent nine days along the route of the Loire, Bordeaux valence, and then we went to Angers, from there we could see wonderful landscapes and castles, we were also in Candes St Martin, Tours, Brissac, Saumur, Amboise, Villandry, Chenonceau, Chambord until Orleans. We do not know which was more beautiful, the well cared for landscapes, the wonderful rest areas (let's see whether Spain copies this example) or the castles that are in a perfect state. I hope you like my photos.