Photos courtesy of Château des Réaux
Single rooms: 199–269 euros
Double rooms: 229–349 euros
Rates include breakfast.
Open: all year
Chouzé-sur-Loire is approximately 50 km southwest of Tours. From A85 take "Sortie #5" in the direction of Bourgueil. Continue on D749 at the roundabout. Right onto D238, rue des Réaux.
The closest train station is 5 minutes away at Port Boulet.
On site: seasonal swimming pool
Nearby: bicycling; walking; fishing; Château de Chinon; châteaux of the Loire Valley
After a day of exploring the grand châteaux of the Loire Valley, what better feeling than to call your own Renaissance castle home for the night. With only five guest rooms, the atmosphere here is intimate, laid back, and tranquil.
This architectural gem features a water-filled moat—with a black swan or two—surrounded by lush parkland. If you have an artistic flair (and bring your own paints), the castle staff will happily set up an easel for you.
Traditionally decorated guest rooms look out over the park or the garden. Double beds furnish each room, while the Royal Suite and the Blue Suite have an additional single bed. The Royal Suite and the Red Bedroom feature working fireplaces. Rough-hewn beams and brickwork highlight the Bedroom of the Hunter. All rooms have en suite bathrooms.
The château operates on a bed and breakfast basis. Restaurants suiting every taste, including Michelin-rated establishments, are not far away, and the staff will be happy to make recommendations. With advance planning, they can prepare dinner for you, or you can even use the château’s own barbeque facilities.
Listed historic monument