Photos courtesy of Château d'Artigny
56 rooms and 2 apartments among the château, the Pavillion d’Ariane, a hunting lodge, and the Port- Moulin
Double rooms: 105–455 euros
Suites: 290–545 euros
Rates include tax and service
Open: all year
Montbazon is 12 km south of Tours. The château is just west of Montbazon on D-17.
On site: tennis; swimming
pool; indoor pool; spa
Nearby: Loire châteaux; fishing; ballooning; horseback riding; golf
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You’ll drive through acres (hectares if you will) of dense forest and park before this magical white château rises before you.
Famed perfumer François Coty spared little expense while constructing his perfect cream-puff palace, as is evidenced in the massive polished limestone staircase, brass-inlaid marble floors, and grand ballroom. A cupola overhead with a trompe l’oeil fresco depicts a scene from the château’s fun-filled past.
The guest rooms furnished in period style are by far the most interesting. Some are small; others are spacious with high ceilings.
Outside the château, an exact but unfinished replica of Louis XIV’s chapel at Versailles is now the Pavillon d’Ariane, which also contains several guest rooms.
600 meters away from the château is a hunting lodge, and 800 meters away, along the Indre riverbank, is the Port-Moulin, both of which contain less formal rooms.
A choice of two dining rooms (expensive) offer regional cuisine, accompanied by a fine selection of Loire wines.
Wine tasting (the château’s cellar holds over 20,000 bottles)