Discovering the Château of Chambord is all about being gripped by the building’s imposing architecture. Everything here casts its spell on first-time visitors. The size, the lace stonework and the sumptuously laid out French gardens. Francis I gave into his craziest desires. Is there anything more beautiful than the Château of Chambord? Its double helix staircase is an architectural feat that is astonishing, both for its ingenuity and incredible success. Visit its 60 rooms and amazing terraces with breathtaking views over the national Chambord estate, lush with vegetation. One of the most beautiful châteaux in the Loire!
The favorite residence of the kings of France during the Renaissance, the Château of Blois is an architectural marvel. The perfect illustration of the art and history of the châteaux of the Loire Valley, this particular château consists of four wings surrounding a courtyard, revealing a snapshot of architecture between the 13th and 17th centuries. The equestrian statue of Louis XII is a must-see, as is the monumental Francis I staircase, the construction of which was a real feat of engineering. An unmissable visit on your Loire Valley châteaux adventure.
Every year since 1992, the International Garden Festival of Chaumont-sur-Loire has presented a unique theme, the richness of flora and botany in the service of artistic creation. From April to October, the gardens come to life with workshops, sculptures and experiments, bursting into a thousand colors to dazzle anyone with a passion for art, nature or gardening. An unmissable stop on your route through the châteaux of the Loire Valley.
"What could make for a more wonderful experience than turning back the clock? The antique flooring which cracks underfoot, the vintage tapestries, the trumeaux tastefully adorning the fireplaces, the antique furniture... we offer a journey into the France of the past. Although I've been working here for over twenty years, I can't help but wonder how people lived in this era, and we have the pleasure of offering our guests a small piece of the answer."
"Today, where everything moves so quickly, it is a real pleasure to watch our chef Dominique Pépin work with shad, a delicious fish native to the Loire. Time must be taken to remove every bone from the delicate fish with pliers, which takes some time, and many chefs would be disheartened by the task. Dominique also patiently awaits the shad fishing season to be able to share it with our clients. And there lies the beauty of our chef's cuisine: it is local and it is enhanced by his talent."
"Whatever the season, I invite you to explore our surrounding woods on foot or by bike. The small trails interlink; benches provide spaces for contemplation; the forest changes colour; buds open... we are even lucky enough to regularly spot majestic animals, such as doe and deer daring to venture into the hotel's surroundings! If you reach the end of the trail, the sight of the magnificent pond which comes into view is breathtaking, and you'll most probably be lucky enough to be welcomed by our couple of black swans who watch over these waters."