The Loire Valley is steeped with history and beautiful countryside, filled with remarkable villas and chateaux at every turn. A holiday here is something all ages can enjoy. There’s an abundance of sporting activities, cultural sites and sleepy towns to visit. We’ve picked our top 10 chateaux in Loire Valley so you get a glimpse of this spellbinding region in France. It wasn’t an easy decision, but nevertheless, look at these beauties below to discover why they’re our top contenders.
On the banks of the river Layon, the magical Chateau de la Chance is a fabulous place to call home during your Loire Valley holiday. The interior is classically French, with grand fireplaces, four poster beds and a stone staircase, but out in the grounds is likely where you’ll spend most of the time. The fabulous pool is ideal for lazy sunny days, and the gardens are lush and expansive. This could be the destination wedding venue of your dreams! Good job there is space on site for up to 40 guests – the main château can sleep 10-15 whilst 25 extra guests can be accommodated in the surrounding apartments and studios owned by the estate.
Prices from: £42pppn
This quirky home belongs to an artist. And you’ll be gifted with your own personal exhibition of their artworks – which are propped up around various rooms within the chateau. Thankfully the whole family will adore this home and there’s even a den which makes for a great entertaining area for little kids. You’ll also have your own heated private pool and 52 acres of parkland to explore. It is even equipped with a dining area for 18 and a luxurious barbecue area making this chateau an idyllic abode to catch up with family or friends.
Prices from: £43pppn
This villa in Loire Valley is in the perfect location as it is situated between Chambord and Sancerre making it an ideal place to stay if you wish to visit the royal castles or the world-famous vineyards of the region. There’s a picturesque village on one side of the chateau inhabiting a local butcher who provides excellent catering and delivery service for the holiday home. Here at Chateau Seiguier, you won’t have to lift a finger during your stay, especially with complimentary daily maid service!
Prices From: £32pppn
Step back in time to the glamorous era of France and its wonderful décor and architecture. The impressive entrance hall and grand staircase will be sure to make an everlasting impression on those who visit. Being able to sleep 45 guests, Chateau des Marquis is perfect for those who wish to fulfil their fairy-tale dream weddings – the French gardens surrounding the chateau and the 22-acre wood are the perfect backdrop for photos!
Prices From: £82pppn
Wine enthusiasts – this is the holiday home for you! Chateau Anais has their own cabernet being produced from the chateau’s vineyards (impressive eh). There are plenty of grounds to explore and rooms to relish in inside this unexpectedly cosy chateau. You have your own private heated swimming pool and a kid’s room to entertain the kids if you wish to pop off to Nantes for some wine tasting only 15 minutes away – talk to our concierge team for advice on where to go or which babysitter to use!
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The ultimate cottage with a view. It’s the cosiest villa for a family get-together with its well-equipped designer kitchen and panoramic outside dining area. Enjoy the spectacular view from the heated infinity pool or take a leisurely stroll through the scenic gardens and find some time for you again.
Prices From: £39pppn
A romantic space to seclude yourselves from the world with two of your very own chefs to make you mouth-watering dishes – they are also well experienced in making delicious cocktails. However, if you wish to explore and get a taste for local culture, Varennes-sur-Loire which is less than a kilometre away from this holiday home with its fabulous bakery is a must-visit if you go there. Plus, it is only an hour-and-a-half train journey to Paris, making it a perfect city escape.
Prices from: £112pppn
This incredibly stunning villa in Loire Valley has got it all! Featured in The Guardian’s Top 10 Best Foodie Retreats in Rural France, you’ll be surrounded by nearby towns Ingrandes (2km) and Le Blanc or Saint Savin both 8km away with countless delicious restaurants. For the more adventurous types, you can canoe, kayak or fish on the property plus horse-riding and a golf course nearby. This truly magical and stunning property is ideal for large families of friendly voyages – one more thing, it also does weddings!
Prices from: £59pppn
9. Manoir Anoir
You will feel like you have stepped through a time warp when you enter Manoir Anoir. Buried in 52 acres of countryside is this wonderfully French and wonderfully quirky chateau where you can escape everyday life and watch the clouds go by. The interior has stuck to its 15th-century origins and has been extravagantly decorated with antiques, custom sofas and chairs as well as a gigantic working 15th-century fireplace. There are bikes provided and tennis courts only 2km away to entertain everyone’s (the kids) needs so you can sit back and soak in the calm and carefree atmosphere of Manior Anoir.
Prices from: £52pppn
10. Chateau De Flora
This incredibly lavish chateau is steeped in beauty and history. And the owners will fill you in on everything as this property has been in their family for years. Included amongst the 70 acres of grounds are badminton, a new heated swimming pool, tennis court and even horse and pony rides are at your disposal. However, if you’d prefer to unwind there are plenty of tranquil spots for you to relax around like reading a book by the pond – where you can also fish – or strolling through the grand chateau and enjoying the elegant and antique furnishings.
Prices From: £47pppn