An abundance of vineyards, orchards and castles sprawling from the centre to the Atlantic coast. For serious wining, dining and chateaux-seeing.


hotel(s) available

Auberge du Bon Laboureur

Auberge du Bon Laboureur

Chenonceaux, Loire Valley
France
Creeper-clad country inn just a hop from Chenonceau castle, with huge character, charming owners and genuine traditional French cuisine.
Doubles from 129 €
Chateau de Beaulieu

Chateau de Beaulieu

Joué-lès-Tours, Loire Valley
France
Romantic and ravishing chateau retreat close to the Loire Valley’s A-list sites. And with a restorative spa, too.
Doubles from 137 €
Chateau de Chissay

Chateau de Chissay

Chissay-en-Touraine, Centre, Loir-et-Cher
France
Former royal residence and WWII headquarters near Chateau de Chenonceau. Close to Tours, perfect base for exploring the Loire Valley.
Doubles from 140 €
Chateau de la Barre

Chateau de la Barre

Conflans-sur-Anille, Loire Valley
France
Family chateau off the beaten track between the Perche and the Loire. And France’s best chateau according to the Sunday Times, too.
Doubles from 280 €
Chateau de Verrières

Chateau de Verrières

Saumur, Loire Valley
France
Intimate chateau with ten rooms, a swimming pool and a front door that opens onto the centre of lovely Saumur.
Doubles from 170 €
Chateau des Briottières

Chateau des Briottières

Angers, Loire Valley
France
Charming 18th Century chateau, homely and romantic, with endless rural land – and cottagey rooms in the orchard.
Doubles from 123 €
Domaine de la Tortinière

Domaine de la Tortinière

Montbazon, Loire Valley
France
Cool off in laid-back splendour at a 19th Century French chateau, with large grounds, swimming pool and tasteful interior.
Doubles from 115 €
La Mare aux Oiseaux

La Mare aux Oiseaux

Saint-Joachim, Pays de la Loire
France
Food lovers’ rural-bolthole. A chaumière-style cottage converted with contemporary flair, Michelin-star restaurant and organic spa.
Doubles from 160 €
Le XII de Luynes

Le XII de Luynes

Luynes, Loire Valley
France
Lovely in-town solution with cosy rooms and gourmet restaurant. A great base to explore the Loire Valley.
Doubles from 77 €