Photos courtesy of Château de Saint-Loup
14 rooms (5 in tower)
Double rooms: 125–190 euros
Breakfast not included
Open: all year
Saint-Loup-Lamairé is located northwest of Poitiers, or between Parthenay and Thoarsat the very southern edge of the Loire Valley. From route D-938, turn on D-46. Not practical to reach on public transportation.
Nearby: hiking; fishing; golf; bicycling; horseback riding; swimming
Yes. Inquire hotel for details.
Entire castle may be rented.
Surrounded by extensive parkland, gardens, and even a moat, the Château de Saint-Loup is a wonderful re-creation of 18th-century noble living.
In fact, an on-going restoration of the splendid gardens—with pavilions, courtyards, flower gardens, orangerie, and canal—based on plans from the era give the property even more authenticity.
Guest rooms are located in the tower/keep or the main château and are decorated with charm and enough medieval touches to remind you of where you are.
In the tower, you may choose from “La Chambre du Prince Noir” with its red velvet-covered bed and two 15th-century granite fireplaces to “La Chambre Gothique,” which features a four-poster bed, fireplace, and stained-glass arched windows with a view of the château.
Within the château, you can slumber in a 17th-century canopied bed in “La Chambre du Marquis,” or enjoy original paintings and a fireplace in “La Chambre Bleue.”
If just passing by, you may tour the grounds for a small admission.
Lovely formal gardens and orangerie.