A luxury chateau rental in the Loire Valley allows you to experience a verdant land of vineyards and forests, castle-topped hills, and bubbling rivers. Often referred to as The Garden of France, this 170-mile dash of bucolic backcountry ranges from the wooded hillsides just south of Paris to the edges of the Atlantic Ocean.
Time seems to stand still here amidst a tapestry of rolling hills, vineyards, and majestic chateaux. This UNESCO World Heritage-protected region is acclaimed for its rich cultural landscapes and is considered one of France’s most quintessential regions.
One of the great draws of the Loire Valley is its opulent chateau rentals, each with its own unique history and architectural grandeur. Wander the halls of the opulent residences, which have witnessed centuries of French royalty and aristocracy. Experience distinctive Renaissance-style interiors with exquisite tapestries and artworks adorning the walls. Then, step into lush gardens where manicured flowerbeds, cascading fountains, and serene ponds create a symphony of nature’s artistry.
The chateaux crown the hillsides on high while winding waterways and wineries unfold all around. The Loire Valley is home to three main wine regions, each with its own distinctive tipples. Head to the Upper Loire to sample dry, crisp Sancerre, choose the Middle Loire for the refreshing brut bubblies of Vouvray made from Chenin Blanc, or visit the Lower Loire, where the influences of the salty Atlantic air nurture a terroir that’s perfect for crafting minerally, citrusy Muscadets, to match perfectly with local oysters and lobster.
For the active and discerning traveller, a cycling tour of the Loire Valley – starting at the doorstep of your luxury villa or chateau – provides an unparalleled experience. Tailored itineraries guide visitors through picturesque villages, historic landmarks, and breathtaking landscapes. Along the way, you’ll indulge in gourmet picnics and exclusive wine tastings. You’ll also drop into enthralling medieval cities, from the old home of Joan of Arc at Orléans to beautiful Tours, with its half-timbered buildings that date back more than 700 years.
A luxury chateau holiday in The Loire Valley offers a unique and memorable experience where you can live like royalty in a piece of French history, surrounded by stunning scenery.
- The world-famous cathedrals of Bourges and Chartres
- Chateau de Chambord, the largest and most famous castle in the Loire Valley
- The historic cities of Orleans, Blois, Tours, Chinon and Saumur
- Sample world-acclaimed wine at one of the region's many vineyards
- Enjoy a leisurely boat cruise along the Loire River
- Try local cheeses and charcuterie in the farmers' markets