The Loire Valley is a popular tourist destination in North West France, famed for its many historic chateaux, outstanding natural beauty, cultural heritage and fine French wines. Also known as the Garden of France, the Loire Valley is of major historical importance.
The many cultural monuments and chateaux reflect the ideals of the French Renaissance, exhibiting exceptional architectural skill and attention to detail. No longer considered as fortresses, the Chateaux of the Loire Valley were pleasure palaces for the French aristocracy, who constructed over 300 luxury chateaux on the Loire region during the 16th century.
The architectural styling of these French chateaux was borrowed from the Italian Renaissance of the previous century, coupled with the medieval artisan skills which were nurtured half a millennium prior to the construction of these magnificent monuments. Unfortunately the French Revolution saw a number of the chateaux of the Loire Valley ransacked and destroyed, however, many still remain, making the Loire Valley one of France’s most popular tourist destinations.
Many of the chateaux of the Loire Valley are open to the public during the summer months, however, thanks to Simply Chateau, a number are available for rent all year round, meaning you can spend your entire holiday basking in the splendor of one of our luxury French chateaux.
We currently have around 25 luxury French chateaux for rent in the Loire Valley. We’ve highlighted 4 such chateaux below to wet your appetite.
Chateau De Challagne encompasses all the romance and style of the French renaissance perfectly. This chateau is a ‘fairytale castle’ in the fullest sense of the term. Its 12 turrets sit atop 150ft pure white limestone walls, which feature some splendid gothic and French renaissance architectural features.
Chateau de Challagne sleeps 30 guests in 14 bedrooms and set within a beautifully laid park on the banks of a large, romantic lake. This French Chateau is perfect for that dream wedding or romantic honeymoon.
Chateau de Cheimeray dates back to the 15th century and is nestled on the banks of the River Creuse in the Loire Valley. This French Chateau sleeps 28 guests and features a large heated swimming pool with a smaller ‘toddler pool’ at the shallow end.
Set within 10 hectares of grounds, on the edge of Ciron, a small village at the heart of the regional park ‘La Brenne’ makes Chateau de Cheimeray the prefect destination for lovers of flora & fauna and is centrally located for day trips to the many French Chateaux throughout the region which are open to tourists.
Chateau de Lornay is set on the banks of a small lake in 36 arces of secluded grounds. This chateau sleeps 18 guests and features a large swimming pool and an extensive library with books in both French and English in the ground floor and a second secluded library on the first floor, a perfect retreat for the bibliophiles among us.
This French Chateau is within 10 miles of the city of Le Mans and its famous 24 hour race, making this chateau ideal for motor sports enthusiasts wanting to experience the thrill of the race yet being able the relax away from the hustle and bustle of the big city for the rest of their holiday.
Chateau du Clos is a stunning French chateau dating back a thousand years and features a host of period features from the last millennium within its walls. Situated within magnificent parkland, Chateau du Clos overlooks not only the Loire Valley but the famous River Loire itself!
Chateau du Clos sleeps 8 and sits on the edge of a small village called Saint Ay which features a variety of shops and restaurants. 15km away is the historic city of Orléans with its many museums, art galleries and the Catherdral, which is similar in design to Notre Dame in Paris.
These are just a few of the French chateau rentals in the Loire Valley which can be found on the Simply Chateau website. To view the complete range please click here.