Drive by Chateau in Loire Valley

I am currently in Amboise with my daughter who is struggling to recover from bronchitis and is having difficulty walking any significant distance. I am curious if any of the chateau are visible from a road or can be seen with very little walking. I really hate to have her miss everything except the Amboise Chateau - which we can see from our gite.
Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

Posted by Tom
Hüttenfeld, Hessen, Germany
9131 posts

If you look up, you can sort of see Chaumont as you drive along the river. I seem to recall that Blois is also visible as well, but I may be mistaken.

Posted by Gail
Downingtown, USA
1561 posts

I seem to remember that Chambord is about a half hour drive From where you are staying. It is beautiful but I can't remember what you can see from the road. I do know there is a large parking lot there so am not sure if you can walk up to the ticket area for a good view. Sorry for her illness. Good luck.

Posted by Susan
Sausalito, California
3206 posts

You can see Chambord from the parking lot and even from there it's impressive. Worth seeing. Can't see Chenonceau, that's a bit of a walk.

Posted by Gail
Downingtown, USA
1561 posts

So glad someone could help you more than me, it is so impressive. Good luck!

Posted by Brian
Los Angeles, California
1986 posts

i remember there are some great views of Chambord over green lawns as you circle in from the main road to the parking lot. Cheanceaux cant be seen from the road, as i recall, but there are some great views of it over the water from the gardens. Lanngeais is in the center of its village and can be seen from the main road (I think it goes right past the front- within feet of it) but it looks more like a stronghold castle than a fairytale castle. Fairytale- Azay Le rideau would also look wonderful from its lawns- Sleeping Beauty turrests and all. Feel so sorry for your daughter. Tough to have to miss these

Posted by Denny
Columbus, OH, USA
733 posts

My memory is poor, but I believe it was the Chateau d'Usse that afforded us a pleasant little drive by...parked along the road, wandered, snapped (photos, not at each other, not this time) and drove on. Your basic fairy tale castle, complete with Sleeping Beauty credentials.

Posted by Kathryn
Tulsa, OK
241 posts

Thanks for the suggestions. We drove to Chambord today, passing 2-3 other chateau on the way. She was able to walk close enough to Chambord and take many pictures. It was lovely. I could just imagine hounds and horses on the lovely grounds.

Posted by Gail
Downingtown, USA
1561 posts

So glad she got to see it. Thanks for letting us know.

Posted by Susan
Sausalito, California
3206 posts

So nice of you to let us know. I'm glad she got to see Chambord and a few others. I hope she feels well soon!