Explore the Fairytale Chateaux of the Loire

Originally posted on & updated on 10th February, 2024

The calm and understated rural landscape of the Loire Valley is the perfect backdrop for this region’s impressive collection of more than 300 historic chateaux.

An ideal place to unwind, this picturesque area is dissected by the grand Loire river and its many graceful tributaries. It is a region where history was made and where time seems to stand still, letting holidaymakers and travellers enjoy the scenery and the architectural heritage at their own pace.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Loire boasts some of the most beautiful fairytale castles in the world with many built at waterside locations, allowing their magnificence to be dramatically reflected in lakes and rivers. A perfect example of this is the Chateau de Chenonceau whose elegant arches stretch across the River Cher and are surrounded by vibrant greenery and carefully manicured gardens.

On the banks of the Loire itself, not far from the city of Tours, the chateaux of Amboise and Chaumont-sur-Loire stand grandly as reminders of regal days gone by.

From the best known examples of historic architecture at Azay-le-Rideau, Chambord and Villandry to the lesser known chateaux of Le Grand Pressigny and Montresor in the Indre valley, visitors to this beautiful part of France will enjoy the heritage, beauty and style of the many castles and manor houses that pepper this area.

Lying at the heart of rural France this is a place renowned for its beauty and laid back lifestyle as well as its cuisine and fine wines. A visit to the Loire will provide a true taste of France and an ideal opportunity to escape the relentless pace of modern life. See our selection of Chateaux in the Loire Valley and contact us to discuss your project or to arrange a viewing.

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