Photos courtesy of Château de Marçay
32 rooms, including 4 apartments between the castle, an adjoining wing, and an annex.
Double rooms: 195–301 euros
Suites: 265–332 euros
Rates include service.
Open: mid-March until mid- November, and December until mid-January
From Tours, take D-751 southwest to Chinon. Continue south on D-116. The château is signposted.
On site: swimming pool; tennis
Nearby: Châteaux of the Loire Valley; bicycling; hiking; golf; horseback riding; fishing; hiking; canoeing
After a long day exploring the magnificent châteaux of the Loire Valley, you might decide that the best castle of all is the one you are temporarily calling home. There’s nothing quite like walking outside the front door after a fine dinner and watching the moon illuminate the white stone walls of “your” castle, or noticing the lamp glowing from the window in “your” turret room. On quiet nights you might even forget what century you’re in.
A medieval atmosphere still exists in this castle. It features timbered ceilings, secret passageways, and delightful tower rooms.
Guest rooms can be located in either the château, the “west wing,” a new structure that is connected to the castle, or an annex that is a short walk away. Rooms are decorated in a French country house style.
The Château de Marçay belongs to the Relais & Châteaux association, which assures you of an utterly divine experience.
The wine cellar is beneath the castle in a former underground passage.