France's Loire Valley is known for its resplendent châteaux and lush vineyards, which, naturally, make it the perfect tourism destination. While many of the grandest estates are preserved as museums, others have been transformed into hotels and guesthouses, with interiors that range from regal Louis XIV style to quintessential French provincial-chic to strikingly contemporary hiding behind Renaissance façades.
But the Loire Valley's newest hotel brings another flavor: Les Sources de Cheverny, tucked into the woods between the Château de Chambord and Château de Chenonceau, near Blois, has a more eclectic, bohemian flair. Rustic wood floors are paired with crystal chandeliers and brightly colored textiles in its 49 rooms and suites.
The hotel is the sister property to the iconic Les Sources de Caudalie hotel in Bordeaux, known as a pioneer in wine tourism, and also known as the birthplace of the Caudalie skincare brand. Wine plays a large role at Les Sources de Cheverny, too, not only at the restaurant and wine bar, of course, but also in the spa, where it's used in antioxidant and anti-aging treatments. (You can also soak in an oak hot tub filled with natural thermal waters, there.)
Elsewhere on the property, there's a state-of-the-art gym, as well as a standalone cottage called Le Baron Perché. This lakefront accommodation features interiors personally decorated by the hotel's co-owner Alice Tourbier.
If only the hotel had opened before the pandemic began, so we could've spent the last six months in lockdown there, taking the complimentary bikes for a spin on the 550 miles of trails throughout the Loire Valley. But we'll take a visit any time—as soon as the border opens, that is.
Les Sources de Cheverny opened on Sept. 1. Rates start at $324 per night and include breakfast.