Loire Valley and the Centre
Just an hour south of Paris, The Loire Valley – a UNESCO World Heritage site – has over 750 magnificent chateaux. Many open to view, take a stroll through the lush gardens. Thereare also many cathedrals and museums..
The Loire Valley has many other activities on offer: cycle tours; bird-watching; golf; hot-air ballooning; canoeing and kayaking. Not to mention eating and drinking – For the foodie, discover many local specialties including goat’s cheeses and fine wines.
The Western Loire area has a long Atlantic coast with picturesque fishing ports, canals, forests and villages of thatched cottages.
Stay in a chateau
Domaine de Beauvois, Luynes. 16 kms from Tours.
At the west gate of Tours, this delightful 16th and 17th century manor hous is located in the heart of wooded grounds of 360 acres facing Brifault pond. In this hotel de charme with itsrefind comfort, you will appreciate flavoursome cuisine in character dining rooms or on the terrace in fine weather.
Domaine de la Tortiniere, Veigne. 10 kms from Tours.
In the heart of the Loire Valley Chateaux country, 10 minutes south of the city of Tours, the Chatrau Hotel Domaine de la Tortiniere is an exceptional spot for a break. half-way between the chateau of Azay-le-Rideau and the chateau of Chenonceau, this is the perfect place from which to explore the French king’s country: the Loire Valley.
Chateau de Beaulieu, Joue-les-Tours. 5 kms from Tours.
An 18th century manor house in the heart of the Loire Valley with beautiful gardens “a la Francaise”. In the chataeus or its pavilion all rooms are comfortable and cosy. The chateau is a gastronomic delight with a cellar of fine Loire wines.
Chateau de Brou, Noyant de Touraine. 35kms from Tours.
Between Chinon, Azay-le Rideau and Loches, on the road to the Vallee des Rois, this 15th century chateau is hidden in a 100ha park overlooking the vallee de Courtineau and its troglodyte caves. An oasis of poetry, calm and luxurious comfort. The terroir cuisine mixes traditoin and innovation in a romantic setting that is perfect for a candlelit dinner.
Chateau des Tertres, Onzain. 3 kms from Onzain
A charming hotel in a gracious 19th century manor house. Park, garden, numerous restaurants at varying prices nearby. Bicycles available. Vist the many chateaux nearby.