Listed since 2000 as a continuing cultural landscape on the UNESCO World Heritage List, the Loire Valley has some of the most beautiful castles in the world stretched out along its river. An epicenter of art and history, the region is glorified by the intricate styles and silhouettes of Chambord, Chenonceau, Cheverny, Azay-le-Rideau, and many others. Everything here seems dedicated to refined elegance, from the gardens of Villandry to the prestigious setting of the Cadre Noir. A journey into both elegance and time.
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Restaurant and hotel in town. Tucked away amidst the Loire châteaux in the Sologne region's capital of Romorantin, the town that inspired Leonardo da Vinci to visit France, this Renaissance-era mansion has been welcoming in visitors since 1774, and is now run by the Clément family. From the Renaissance wing to the Napoleon III balconies, the 16 bedrooms here are embellished with authentic old materials, mirrors, woodwork and flagstones, all fully renovated by Marie-Christine and Didier Clément. Chef Didier Clément pours his talent and artful touch into developing groundbreaking natural flavors in dishes designed to sit alongside an incredible wine list, in which the wines of the Loire Valley are given pride of place. A delectable moment to be savored. ... Learn moreless
This was the inspiration for the famous Marlinspike Hall in The Adventures of Tintin. The estate has belonged to the same family for over six centuries. At certain times, the Orangerie hosts charming exhibitions as well as sales of old masters.
It is in the little village of Bracieux that Max Vauché produces his delicious chocolates. Next to his laboratory, he has set up a small museum dedicated to chocolate and the production process. During a tasting session, make sure to try his “Larmes du cerf” and “Malices du loup”.
Built in the 16th century, the Château de Chambord is the jewel in the Loire Valley’s crown. You must visit at least once in your life, to lose yourself in its 440 rooms (90 of which are open to visitors).
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Restaurant and hotel in a park. A hunting lodge, built in 1860, on the wine trail through the castles of the Loire. This historic residence, with walls clad in pepper vine, nestles in an unspoilt setting amidst ponds teeming with birdlife and offers the ideal peaceful retreat for nature lovers. Wake up to a bright new day from the cosy comfort of one of its guestrooms. Two-stars Chef Dominique Pépin serves local Loire cuisine with a modern twist. On the menu: Loire shad, parsley mousse, Monsieur Marpault’s asparagus and “mariguette” strawberries and hibiscus. It also offers a wide selection of excellent wines, including the finest Loire, Vouvray, Montlouis and Touraine whites. ... Learn moreless
What could be nicer, in summer, than renting a small boat and drifting down the Cher under the splendid Château de Chenonceau? This might be the most pleasant way to discover this masterpiece, built on the water in 1513. You can escape from the crowds and get up close with its history.
Exiled on his own property, the Duke of Choiseul had a surprising Chinese-inspired pagoda built between 1775 and 1778. It must be said that the former head of Louis XV’s government wanted to transform his property in Amboise into a renowned intellectual and artistic site. Although the palace was demolished...Read More less
With a doctorate in the ecology of migratory fish, Philippe Boisneau is one of the few remaining fishermen who use the bar-net fishing method on the Loire. Between March and May, he mainly catches shads. Once the net is stretched out, it blocks nearly three-quarters of the Loire. You can see him at work...Read More less
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Hotel and restaurant on a big river. Located on a tufa cliff overlooking the meandering Loire, recently listed by Unesco as a World Heritage site, the Hotel Les Hautes Roches, carved into the rocks, is truly unique. In this exceptional setting every room is different. The south-facing cave rooms with a view of the Loire, some carved into the rock, are all elegantly decorated with stylish fabrics in perfect harmony with the place. The classical but creative Breton-inspired cuisine perfectly marries the fresh seafood with local products. Each season brings new things to discover at this treasure on the Loire. ... Learn moreless
This is one of the oldest producers of Vouvray. Founded in 1893, the Maison Brédif possesses superb cellars, which were dug into the tuffeau stone in the 10th century. During your visit, make sure to try the excellent classic and sweet Vouvray wines. The Maison Brédif belongs to the Baron de Ladoucette.Read More less
This garden is unique in Europe. Between March and November, these gardens à la française offer an ever changing array of colours and perfumes. You can wander through these delightful gardens as you please. They contain some 40 varieties belonging to 8 botanical families.
Imagine a site of 300 hectares, home to some 400 horses and dozens of professional riding masters. The Cadre Noir de Saumur is a sort of Relais & Châteaux for horse riding. This is an absolute must for horse lovers, who come from far and wide to admire the work and the shows put on by the National Riding...Read More less
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Hotel and restaurant in the country. Nestled among nine hectares of parkland, Château de Noirieux is a haven of calm and refinement, conducive to contemplation and rejuvenation. The atmosphere recalls the grandeur of historical stately homes, complete with a magnificent inlaid Érard piano. Maître de maison takes pride in ensuring that everything is perfect, right down to the slightest detail. Each room is lightly perfumed with its own special fragrance, the welcome is warm, the terrace is surrounded by beautiful nature and, in the kitchen, the chef has discovered the secret of remarkable and inspired cuisine tailored around the freshest produce of the season. Château de Noirieux is also the perfect setting to discover the unique line of Douces Angevines organic beauty products and treatments. ... Learn moreless
It is not the Loire, but the Maine river which flows alongside the imposing medieval fortress of Angers. In the shadow of its 17 towers of shale and tuffeau you will find the largest known medieval tapestry, the Apocalypse Tapestry, with 70 scenes woven over more than 100 metres!
Visiting this modern site, the brand's one and only production site, will give you the chance to taste and discover the secrets of this famous liqueur. Pass the rows of copper stills and explore the museum which traces the history of Cointreau since it was created in 1875, enjoying a tasting at the end...Read More less
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To give you inspiration, Relais & Châteaux presents the Routes du Bonheur: Suggestions for travel itineraries that you can fully personalise according to your wishes and the experiences you would like to discover. Our consultants are available to help customise your route and assist you in making reservations at our properties. It is up to you to reserve any recommended activities on-site or nearby that might interest you.
"Born in the Vendée, I arrived in the Loire Valley with my wife in 1986 with the intention of spending a couple of years here. That was over 30 years ago. I obviously like the châteaux of the Loire! The splendour of some of the estates and their settings make them the perfect place to relax and get away from it all. I also love the wild Loire river. Whenever I have a little free time, I like to go there to fish or kayak. I also like working in my garden – I grow a nice collection of herbs, but I also enjoy growing flowers. I escape from the town and its stresses by going to the surrounding forests to look for seasonal mushrooms. Is it any wonder that this region is known as the “Garden of France”? A garden which continues every day to fill me with enthusiasm."