At the risk of insulting France's heritage, I have to say that the greatest feature of the Chateau de Cheverny is its dogs. After several chateaux, I'm pretty well 'chattered'. However, Cheverny houses a hundred hunting dogs, and I am more of a dog lover than a chateau lover.
Cheverny is owned by the Hurault family, and the family still lives on the premises. So, this a working chateau and the barking dogs indicate that the owner likes to hunt.
While the dogs can be seen anytime, feeding time is an exciting event, and something not to be missed. In high season, the Chateau advise that the early morning offers the best conditions for a visit. However, La Soupe des Chiens - the feeding of the dogs - takes place once a day at 5pm (during the High Season). So, for dog lovers, it's wise to put Cheverny last on the list for the day. The following video may prove an alternative for those who can't make 5pm.
Now, in case I get accused of being culturally bankrupt, here are a few photos of the rest of the Chateau.
For those who are neither enthused by dogs or chateaux, there is always the Maison des Vins de Cheverny at the entrance to the Chateau.
Chateau de Cheverny
1, Avenue Château Cheverny 41700
+33 (0)2 54 79 96 29
9:45 am to 5:00 pm (Jan-Mar); 9:15 am to 6:15 pm (Apr-Jun); 9:15 am to 6:45 pm (Jul-Aug): 9:15 am to 6:15 pm (Sep); 9:45 am to 5:30 pm (Oct); 9:45 to 5:00 pm (Nov-Dec)
Motorway A10, Paris - Bordeaux, Exit Blois, 170 km. By train to Blois.