Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire

1st Prize: Special Award of the Schloss Dyck Foundation

Download: Laudation by Jens Spanjer

Since its acquisition by the Centre Region in 2007, the Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire has developed rapidly, both in terms of the increase in visitor numbers and the growth in its national and international reputation. It offers a comprehensive experience and an example of “French sophistication”, available to everyone and respectful of its visitors and the environment.

The Château with its exhibitions and collections has been completely refurbished. Highly acclaimed artists are invited to work at this between art and nature. The International Garden Festival is organised each year as a laboratory for the gardens of tomorrow, inventing new ways of experiencing gardens.

This “three-fold identity” based on the successful combination of heritage, art and gardens is considered as a best practice example at a number of sites across Europe that with comparable challenges and similar resources try implementing similar approaches. This is true for Schloss Dyck as well and thus Schloss Dyck Foundation decided to grant its Special Award to Domaine de Chaumont.