Châteaux in Loire Valley

Sights in Loire Valley

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 (Photo by Arnaud Scherer)

The poster child for French Renaissance castles

 
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The Château de Cenonceau (Photo by Yvan Lastes)
Chenonceau
Amboise

A fanciful fairy tale built in the middle of a river and connected to shore by graceful turreted bridges

 
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 (Photo by Jean-Claude MOUTON)

The best formal gardens in the Loire surround a Renaissance château

 
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 (Photo by Jean-Christophe BENOIST)

A Renaissance château on an island in the Indre river

 
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Panorama of the interior façades. From right to left: the Louis XII flamboyant wing, the medieval Gothic castle, the François I Renaissance wing, and the Gaston d'Orléans classic wing (Photo by Tango7174)
Château de Blois
Loire Valley

The Royal Castle of Blois spans the Gothic to the Renaissance eras

 

Lodgings in Loire Valley

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A 15C castle turned 4-star hotel and restaurant

 
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An early 15C castle hotel near Chinon

 
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A 15C château to call your own

 
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The castle-hotel Château des Arpentis from the air (Photo )
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A 14C castle hotel with a 17C moat in Amboise

 

Sights in France

Galerie des Cerfs (Galley of the Stags), filled since the 1960s with bronzes cast at Fontainebleau by Primaticcio for Francis I (Photo by Alain G)

The top castles and châteaux in France

 

Lodgings in France

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Château de Brou in the Loire Valley sleeps 14 (Photo courtesy of the property)

Stay in a real château (castle) and live happily ever after (temporarily) as King and Queen of the castle

 

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