Our hotel by Amboise is the perfect place to stay to discover the Loire Valley châteaux. Start in Amboise, less than 10 km away, to admire the royal château, a major centre of power in the early Renaissance, and Clos Lucé where Leonardo da Vinci lived, as a guest of Francis I.
Continue your adventure in Val de Loire with a visit to Chenonceau and Chaumont-sur-Loire to admire the homes of Catherine de Medici and Diane de Poitiers. The château at Chaumont which overlooks the Loire presents an elegant marriage of Gothic defensive architecture, and the more refined Renaissance style. From the end of April to mid-October, it plays host to the famous International Festival of Gardens. It is also worth taking the time to visit the châteaux of Azay-le-Rideau, Blois, Cheverny and Chambord...
Our hotel in Saint-Ouen-les-Vignes, right by Amboise, puts you within easy reach of some of the most beautiful châteaux of the Loire Valley, within a 70 km radius.
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The Château de Chambord was built by Francis I. It has a well-deserved reputation as one of the most iconic palaces of the French Renaissance. It both foreshadows and exceeds Versailles in terms of architectural exuberance. Vast and sumptuous, it is perfectly proportioned and presents several remarkable architectural features including the double spiral staircase, helix staircase and Italian terraces...
Perched on top of a rocky promontory, the royal Château d'Amboise is closely linked to the history of the French monarchy. Visit it to discover episodes from this past, bit also admire the vast Salle des États (Hall of States), the largest in the château, and Saint-Hubert chapel, with its extravagant Gothic sculpture, which contains the last resting place of Leonardo da Vinci.
Chenonceau is known as the Château des Dames (Ladies’ Château) because almost all of its owners were women, including some of the most famous beauties in French history. The château stands on the banks of the river Cher whose waters reflect the unique beauty of its Renaissance architecture. It also holds an exceptional collection of paintings by great masters (Murillo, Tintoretto, Nicolas Poussin, Correggio, Rubens) as well as an extremely rare selection of 16th century Flemish Tapestries, not to mention the spectacular gardens.
While it is not one of the royal châteaux, Azay-le-Rideau is nevertheless a Renaissance masterpiece. It was built between 1514 and 1527 on the ruins of a medieval fortress, and seamlessly draws together French and Italian architectural styles. Its interiors - their lavish ornamentation and furnishings - are particularly impressive.