Exploring Places LXXVIII: Dadonville, France

Our 54th postcard has been sent to Dadonville!

Aerial view of Dadonville


Location of Dadonville in France

 Dadonville is a village located in the Loire Valley region (now part of the Centre-Loire Valley region), in the western-central part of France, 39 km from Orleans, the department capital and 78 km from Paris.


…the impressive number of plants and flowers to be enjoyed throughout the village; indeed, its wonderful planting is one of Dadonville’s key attractions.The streets contain several traditional stone houses making it very pleasant to explore, made more interesting by the small river and bridge and, during the spring and summer, by its flowers and plants.


Église Saint Denis

Yébre le Chatel Castle and Fortress

This Medieval castle dates from the first quarter of the 13th century and is located in the hamlet of Yèvre-le-Châtel, 5 km from Dadonville. Its design like many others of the time was heavily influenced by the knowledge gained by the developments in military defensive architecture witnessed during the 'Crusades'
By the 15th century however, the castle became redundant with the advent of canon-power and although the castle was occupied by the Huguenots In 1562, during the Wars of Religion, the collapse of its interior vaults made it uninhabitable.  It was then left to crumble during the following century. The property of the commune, it has been listed since 1862 as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture.

Arboretum des Grandes Bruyeres

The Arboretum des Grandes Bruyeres is a lovely arboretum whose main features include a North American woodland garden, an Asiatic woodland garden and of course lots of heather - bruyeres is the French name for heather. The arboretum was created in 1972 and is now a mature and well established arboretum with more than 6500 trees and shrubs of 1400 species. The gardens are beautifully laid out and there is something to see for every season (though they close in the winter). The arboretum des Grandes Bruyeres has a national collection of 1000 old roses and many are centred in this part of the garden. In June the scent and sight of all these roses is magnificent.

To know more about the Loire Valley, the region where Dadonville is located, watch this video:

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