Chateau des ReauxPhotos courtesy of Château des Réaux

 

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A medieval fortress once existed on this site in the fourteenth century, but the château we see today dates from the end of the fifteenth century. At that time Guillaume Briçonnet (the son of the mayor of Tours who enjoyed connections with Louis XI and Charles VIII) acquired the property in ruins and constructed a Renaissance-style structure known as the Château Plessis-Rideau. For security purposes, Guillaume kept the water-filled moat from the original fortress. Unusual for the Loire Valley is the checked pattern of cut stone and bricks on the entrance.

In 1651, a descendant of Briçonnet sold the estate to Gideon Tallemant des Réaux who two years later petitioned the king to change its name to Château des Réaux. Upon his death in 1692, his widow purchased additional property to enlarge the estate and then sold the château to Louis Taboureau, the king’s councilor.

The Yukhnytsyas acquired the château in 2005.

Pamela’s Perspective

Open in 2013, the Château des Reaux is one of the newest castle hotels of the Loire Valley.

 

Château des Réaux

A 15th-century castle

Contact

51, rue des Réaux
37140 Chouzé-sur-Loire
Tel: ++33 (0)2 47 95 14 40
Fax: ++33 (0)2 47 95 11 90
Hotel website
Reserve with Booking.com

Fast facts

5 rooms

Single rooms: 199–269 euros
Double rooms: 229–349 euros
Rates include breakfast.

Open: all year

Getting there

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.

What to do

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.

Something special

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