The most visited chateaux are (in order) Chenonceaux
built out over the river Cher, the great Chambord,
designed in part by Leonardo da Vinci, the chateau at Amboise,
and Azay le
Rideau on an island on the river Indre.
Other major châteaux, but generally less crowded,
the royal fortress at Chinon,
which is rather different, and Cheverny. See markers
oin the map for their locations.
There are dozens more châteaux in the area, some
small, some large: among these, also worth visiting are
the châteaux at Saumur,
Langeais, Blois, and Sully
sur Loire to the east of Orleans.
For the French, the Loire valley is the dividing line between
the northern regions and the southern part of France. "South of the
Loire" the weather is deemed to be warmer and sunnier, and though this
is in many cases quite normal, it is not always the case. The Loire
valley itself became popular in the olden days with the Kings and
nobles of France, on account of its mild climate: and like its
neighbour to the east, Burgundy, it was a region that provided wine for
the inhabitants of Paris and the north of France.
Chateaux and vineyards are among the many
attractions of this region today.
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offering a calm, friendly and relaxing environment to
travellers. Most of
Loire valley hotels are located in small towns, of which the region has
many. Wherever possible, the hotels selected are away from the noise of
busy streets - bearing in mind also that small towns in the Loire
valley are not particularly noisy places at
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people who have stayed in them. Quality - and price - vary from
four-star to two-star. We welcome suggestions from
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Principal Loire valley châteaux
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Hotels in Pays de la Loire and
Centre (Loire valley area)
- Sologne (18 Cher)
The *** Hotel
le Parc Sologne
is located in attractive grounds in the middle of the small town of
Salbris, between Orleans & Vierzon (A 71 motorway exit 4) . 23
spacious rooms. Restaurant. A pleasant and convenient base for an
overnight stopoff or discovering the Sologne part of
the Loire valley area.
Mans (72 Sarthe) Hôtel
Attractive modern three-star hotel with 32 rooms near the centre of Le
Mans. The hotel is located in a quiet street, and has off-road parking.
Clean, functional and spacious rooms. There are restaurants close by,
and plenty more towards the town centre.
Blois (45 Loiret) .
Grand Hotel de l-Abbaye ***€€€
Traditional hotel in an ancient abbey on the banks of the Loire in the
small town of Beaugency, a short distance from Blois. Nineteen rooms.
Comfortable and large rooms. A peaceful location that is an ideal base
for discovering the Loire Châteaux
near Chambord (41 Loir et
des Bois **
Modern but traditionally styled two-star hotel with ten rooms in a
village in the Sologne area, four miles south of the royal
Chambord. the name means the Glade in the Woods. The hotel offers large
and spacious rooms, and there is a good restaurant close by.
sur Tharonne (41 - Loir et Cher) Le
Petit Clos €
Small good quality bed and breakfast guest house with
five bedrooms, in the village of Chaumont sur Tharonne, in the Sologne.
Handy location for visiting the Loire Chateaux, yet only a few
kilometres off the A71 motorway. Very friendly hosts, and great
breakfasts. Good restaurant close by.
Chenonceaux (37 - Indre et Loire)
Relais des Landes €€€
Three-star hotel in a 17th century manor in the Loir et Cher
department, in the Loire château country. 15 minutes from
Chenonceaux. An independent hotel franchised in the Best
Western chain. Good reviews. Recommended by "Relais du silence".
28 rooms, restaurant, outdoor swimming pool.
(37 - Indre et Loire) Auberge
du bon Laboureur€€€
The four star "Good Ploughman inn" is based on an ancient posthouse,
the French Revolution. It is located in Chenonceaux, within walking
distance of the famous chateau. The hotel is an ensemble of five
village houses in an area of gardens. Swimming pool, gourmet
- (37 Indre et Loire) Hotel
la Brèche ** €
provincial hotel, in this small town on the river Loire. Visitors to
this hotel appreciate its calm location, eating outside in the
courtyard, and the friendliness of the welcome. Nothing fancy, but good
value for money, plenty of charm and character, and a warm welcome from
(37 Indre et Loire) Hotel
three-star hotel peacefully located on a square in the old town of
Chinon, facing the river Vienne. Clean, comfortable and charming are
words used by people who have stayed in this hotel. Good value for
money, and a good spot from which to explore the local area, its
vineyards and châteaux such as Azay le Rideau.
(37 Indre et Loire) Hotel
Modern two-star hotel situated in
spacious grounds on a rise overlooking the old town of Loches.
Restaurant, heated indoor pool, sauna, tennis court. While it has less
character than an old hotel, this independent hotel is one up from the
standardised two-star chain hotels and is affiliated with Logis de
Saumur (49 - Maine et Loire) Hostellerie le Prieuré €€€
Four-star hotel in a historic building, at
four miles from
Standing on raised ground overlooking the Loire, the hotel is a fine
location for a
peaceful stay in the Loire Valley area, with its restaurant and
swimming pool, plus spacious grounds.
of Saumur (49 Maine et Loire) Le
Chai de la Paleine **
rather good quality two star hotel located in a country house in its
own spacious grounds in the village of Le Puy Notre Dame. Deserves at
least three stars. Very calm location and welcoming owners.
Unusually, this hotel has a library and reading room; restaurant close
Hotels in Poitou
(86 Vienne) Hotel
de l'Europe **
the heart of
the old town, but mostly off the street, in walking distance of the
main monuments, this is a large two-star hotel with two-star prices but
all the features of a good three-star hotel. Garage parking available.
is not too big - 47 air-conditioned rooms. This is a good value hotel
in the centre of old Poitiers, offering classic French style and a
friendly welcome. Good choice of restaurants very close by. Lounge,
breakfast on the terrace in season. Quiet interior courtyard, garage
Not expensive : good value for money. €€€
Rooms generally over 100 € per night. Not for travellers
looking for budget accommodation. ►
with no price marker are in between.
Hotel with swimming pool.
a quite rural location
Rates may vary according to season.
are the main Loire valley chateaux?
The principal chateaux are to be found in departments 41
et Cher) and 37 (Indre et Loire), in the
areas of Blois and Tours. Chateaux such as Blois and Amboise are
actually on the Loire; Chambord and Cheverny are south of the Loire,
near Blois; Chenonceau, Chinon and Azay-le-Rideau are on tributaries of
the Loire, in the Indre et Loire department.
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