The Loire Valley and Where to Stay
The Loire Valley is one of France's most popular areas for visitors so there's plenty of accommodation to consider. But if you're planning a trip to the Loire Valley, think of staying in a chambre d'hote, or bed and breakfast. You'll get great accommodation and very good value for money as well as the chance to meet local people who can give you some insider tips on what to see.
The Loire Valley is a glorious place to visit. It was the playground of the kings and aristocracy of France, so the châteaux are dotted along the riverside like jewels in a queen's necklace.
Le Chateau de Guignes
Set in a 12-acre park and with a garden of terraces covered in flowers and a small stream that adds to the sense of peace, the B&B is in a gorgeous and grand country house. There are just 2 rooms and one suite (called after Napoleon) decorated in pretty pastel colours with antique furniture scattered throughout the house. Each room is named after a cherry variety with the pastoral theme carried on in the extensive views over the grounds. Bathrooms have free-standing baths.
Dinner, using the garden’s own vegetables, is €32 euros per person, and €16 for children under 10 years.
Tel.: 00 33 (0)6 07 28 66 63
Location: 45 minutes from Paris, between Vendôme and Château-du-Loir off the D305
Two luxurious free-standing wooden cabins give you all the peace of the countryside. Inside they feel a little like New England; outside the views are of rural France. But this is sophisticated rural France and there’s free WiFi as well. The owner, a journalist, is happy to make up picnic baskets for you.
Free pick-up from Vendôme.
Le Manoir de Clenord
Route de Clenord
Tel.: 00 33 (0)2 54 70 41 62
Location: Between Blois and Cheverny on the D923 which is off the D765 direction Cheverny
Drive down a private road and come to this delightful little manor house set in its own grounds and away from it all. There’s one gracious house and former orangery with the 5 rooms, all named after different plants, delightfully decorated with pretty fabrics and old furniture.
There’s a separate building as well which has rooms and can be let out as a gite for a family or group. There’s a swimming pool for warm days and a lovely lounge and breakfast room for an excellent start to the day.
No restaurant, but they have a list of recommended restaurants from 4 kilometers away.
16 place St Louis
16 place St Louis
Tel.: 00 33 (0)2 54 74 13 61
Location: Central Blois
You can’t get more central in the lovely town of Blois than this excellent address. You can see the cathedral from the top floor suite which has lovely sloping wooden ceilings under the eaves. The two other en-suite bedrooms are decorated with antique furniture as are the two reception rooms and the dining room.
Free car parking opposite.
Prieure de la Chaise
8 rue du Prieure
41400 St Georges sur Cher
Tel.: 00 33 (0)2 54 32 59 77
Location On the D176/D140 near Chenonceau
A beautiful old manor house of the 1500s is the setting for a great stay. Inside it’s full of antiques in its large sitting and dining rooms. The five rooms are just as delightful, and the room in the tower, reached via a winding staircase, has a four-poster bed where you feel like the lord of the manor. There’s also a lodge which you can rent by the week. Some rooms will take up to 4 people.
Swimming pool and bike rental.
Le Chateau de Fontenay
Tel.: 00 33 (0)2 47 57 12 74
Location: 2 hours from Paris on the D376 off the 976 west of Chenonceau
Overlooking the pretty Cher river, this 19th-century chateau is in a fairytale setting. The four beautifully decorated rooms in the château are inviting. There are also three cottages to rent by the week.