The Attic of Europe and Leonardo da Vinci

Early morning treasure hunters on he grounds of Chateau de Chambord

Early morning treasure hunters on he grounds of Chateau de Chambord

The Chambord 2020 adventure begins the moment you step from the car at Le Manoir, our home for the next five days. This stately, old school, traditional manor house was built in 1752 on the ruins of a 15th century chateau. Le Manoir sits regally beside a lake on 200 hectares of forrest and wild land yet, it’s an easy 10 minute drive through the woods to the front gates of the Chateau de Chambord.

While Leonardo da Vinci may have left this mortal coil 500 years ago, his influence is still very much alive in this part of the Loire Valley. We will visit four chateaux during our stay, each influenced by the master in different ways, including the spectacular Chateau Chambord - which is also where the “brocante-ing” takes place.

Our May 1st treasure hunt begins at dawn - to get a good head start before the crushing crowd arrives! We’ll weave our way through the vast gardens of Chambord where more than 1000 vendors have displayed their wares. Be sure to come with a wish list!

Dates: Wednesday, April 29th to Sunday, May 3rd

Maximum “chineurs” (treasure hunters) is 8