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Area (sq km): 547,030
Population: 64,102,140
Nationality: French
Local Name: France
Language: French
Time Zone: +1 GMT
Currency: 1 euro = 100 cents
Capital: Paris
Dialling Code: +33
Electricity: 230V/50Hz
Internet Code: .fr
Religion: Roman Catholic
Climate: Mediterranean,
Marine West Coast
Government: Republic
Inoculations: None
Driving: Right
Int'l License: Not Required
Banking: M-F 9.00-17.00
Major Airports: Biarritz(BIQ),

France holiday villas & Palace of Versailles

The castles in Loire Valley are iconic including: Chenonceau Chateau and Chateau de Blois. The Palace of Versailles remains the grandest in France, maybe even the world, and is a fantastic place to visit when you rent France holiday villas.

Palace of Versailles
Palace of Versailles

Palace of Versailles

Versailles began as small country village outside of Paris. As Paris began to grow and disease began to spread, King Louis XIV sought a new place of residence for the French Court and a new seat of absolute power. From France holiday villas you will discover that he chose the hunting lodge in the village of Versailles and began a renovation and expansion programme yet unrivalled. It produced the largest chateau in the world, the regal Palace of Versailles.

The residence chambers and salons are unmatched in beauty and intricacies. The grand halls and ballrooms are vast and whisper tales of courtly intrigue. The Palace of Versailles and its surrounding immaculate gardens are a pure pleasure to visit and walk among.

Chenonceau Chateau

Chenonceau Chateau in the Loire Valley is a romantic, fairy tale castle. Chenonceau rests on the River Cher and is ceratinly one of France’s finest chateaux. The Royal Hall stretches gracefully over the River Cher and is home to a rich art collection, which is easily accessible from France holiday villas.

Featured artists include Nattier, Van Loo, Rigaud and Tintoret to name a few. The gardens surrounding Chenonceau are attractive and are hundreds of years old. The first recorded mention of the castle comes at the end of the 11th century.

From then it has been passed from kings to mistresses, lords to ladies and has entertained the French royals and important literary figures. Search for French villas for a relaxing getaway with anduncover the splendour of this enchanting castle.

Chateau de Blois & Joan of Arc

The Loire Valley is known throughout the world for its majestic chateaux and Chateau de Blois is one of the area’s finest medieval examples. The four contrasting wings of Blois come together and fuse harmoniously.

France’s oldest and best preserved Gothic hall is the Salle des Etats Generaux Wing built in the 13th century. The 16th century Francois Wing is perfect example of French Renaissance and houses the famous Francois I Staircase. The Gaston d’Orleans Wing is in the Classical style. Chateau de Blois was the royal residence until Henri IV moved court back to Paris.

Book France holiday villas and you can visit this site where Joan of Arc was blessed by the Airchbishop of Reims before setting out to battle the English in Orleans.

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