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Article written by Elisa - Travel Writer & Local in France
Best Châteaux to Stay in Loire Valley
Today, you don’t have to be of royal blood to stay at one of the best château hotels in Loire Valley, fit for any aspiring lord or lady. France, and especially the Loire Valley, is blessed with many beautiful French châteaux, full of charm and history. Many of these castles have found new lives as Loire Valley castle hotels and now offer accommodation with discerning five-star service that will treat you like a royal, if only just for the night.
Explore the best castles of the Loire Valley during the day, and choose your particular château to rest your head at night.
Are you looking for a romantic getaway in the Loire Valley? Treat you and your loved one to a weekend in one of the gorgeous chateau hotels Loire Valley has to offer. From medieval times to the 19th century, each château hotel offers something unique for those who want to sleep like a King.
Map of Château Hotels – Loire Valley
Top Château Hotels in Loire Valley
There are many château hotels in Loire Valley; too many châteaux to list them all in this post! Our selection of best château stays in Loire Valley includes châteaux of all styles, beautiful and comfortable accommodation in Loire Valley with superb locations to have some space, but which are never far from the main top sights.
So what is the best château to stay in Loire Valley? Here are our picks:
1. Château de la Bourdaisière
Château de la Bourdaisière is a 15th-century castle listed as a historical monument of France. This chateau hotel Loire Valley is set in a 55-hectare park with extraordinary gardens, a sun terrace, a swimming pool, and a tennis court.
This awesome property is located not far from the city of Tours, between the rivers Cher and Loire, and it is perfect base to visit the cities of Tours, Amboise and also the castles Château du Clos Lucé (Da Vinci’s last home), Château Gaillard, Chenonceaux, Chaumont sur Loire, Azay le Rideau, Cheverny, Château de Villandry, and Château du Rivau.
One of the best chateaux to stay in Loire Valley, the Château de la Bourdaisière has 25 rooms and 4 apartments restored under the direction of its owner, a prince! It also has an on-site restaurant and a bar (click here for more pictures).
Château de la Bourdaisière opens from 15 March to 15 November and from 26 December to 4 January. We recommend booking your room in advance.
2. Hotel-Château de Verrières & Spa
The Hotel-Château de Verrières is a 19th-century castle surrounded by a 2-hectare park located in the city of Saumur, by the Loire river.
This is the most central château in Loire Valley to stay – set in the residential area of Saumur – and with all the château services and facilities like a swimming pool, beautiful English-style gardens, a bar, and a spa (click here for more pictures).
This Belle Epoque château hotel in Loire Valley has beautiful saloons, a magnificent staircase, and 10 uniquely decorated rooms with a private bathroom.
This château is perfect for exploring the city of Saumur, Château de Montsoreau, Château de Montreuil-Bellay, Château des Réaux and the famous Fontevraud Abbey.
3. Château de Perreux
Get ready for a wonderful Loire Valley château experience at Château de Perreux, an 18th-century castle-hotel surrounded by a beautiful park just outside of Amboise.
The castle’s rooms are spacious and tastefully decorated, combining the modern and the old. They all offer views of the park. Guests also have access to the beautiful grounds, with a swimming pool, picnic area, and sun terrace (click here for more pictures). It is also possible to do a kayak tour on the chateau grounds!
The list of popular sights near Château de Perreux includes Château d’Amboise, Clos Lucé Maison, Château Gaillard, Château de Chenonceau, Château de Chaumont sur Loire or wine tasting in the nearby vineyards.
4. Château des Arpentis
The Château des Arpentis is one of the most spectacular château hotels Loire Valley has to offer. It is located in the village of Saint-Regle, an old fief of Amboise, not far from the Lamasse stream.
We have had news of this castle since the 14th century! And we know that in June 1619, the castle owners welcomed King Louis XIII for dinner.
Château des Arpentis was entirely restored in the 19th century but still keeps its moat from the 17th century. All of the spacious rooms are uniquely decorated, with murals and tapestries in a cozy atmosphere.
This fabulous chateau hotel in the Loire Valley is surrounded by a 30-hectare park (click here for more pictures), with a sun terrace and an outdoor swimming pool (don’t miss the secret passage to the pool!). Guests can also enjoy pleasant walks around the grounds.
With a great location close to Amboise but far from the crowds, the Château des Arpentis is great for visiting Château d’Amboise and Clos Lucé Maison, Château Gaillard, Château de Chenonceau, and Château de Chaumont sur Loire.
5. Château de Rochecotte
The Château de Rochecotte is a grand Louis XVI style château (18th century) set in a 20-hectare park halfway up a hill dominating the Loire valley. The property resembles an Italian villa, with superimposed terraces, from which the view extends to incredible landscapes from old paintings.
Château de Rochecotte is one of the most elegant chateaux to stay in Loire Valley. The chateau’s rooms are bright, spacious, and elegant, decorated with antique furniture, and they all come with great views of the park. Guests can also enjoy an on-site restaurant proposing gourmet cuisine, an outdoor swimming pool, wellness facilities, and the park with its Italian terrace (click here for more pictures).
Located halfway between the towns of Chinon and Langeais, Château de Rochecotte is perfect for exploring beautiful Chinon and some of the best Loire castles like Château d’Ussé, Château de Langeais, Château de l’Islette, Château d’Azay-le-Rideau, Château des Réaux, Château de Cinq Mars, Château de Gizeux, and Château de Villandry.