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3 days to spend in Loire Valley

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3 days to spend in Loire Valley

Good day. We are looking at spending 3 days in the Loire Valley in September. I have been reading a lot here about what to see and what not to see in regards to Chateaus and towns. I did read that the top Chateau to visit is Chenonceaux and then Chambord. Being that we are only spending two nights in the Loire Valley and it is our Honeymoon, we would like to spend a night in a Chateau or both nights staying in different ones. So with this said, what area of Loire Valley should we stay ing? I read that Tours is highly recommended and also Blois to enjoy the light show at night. In regards to likings, we want to enjoy the most possible with our limited time here. On our third day we either drive back to Paris or take train. Oh yes, we will have a car during our stay in Loire Valley. Any help on where we should stay and any recommended chateaus to stay in, would greatly be appreciated. Thanks again

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1. Re: 3 days to spend in Loire Valley

I shall give you my list of hotels for this region and you can decide if they are appropriate for your needs. Without specifying your budget, suggestions are really hit and miss.

1. The Cheval Blanc in the small village of Bléré, between Chenonceau and Tours. Bléré is quieter and not touristy. This hotel/restaurant changed hands in early 2008 with the long-time owners retiring. Under the new owners, (Hélène et Fabrice Tavernier) the service is reportedly much more efficient but their culinary reputation is yet to be established. During the week (Tuesday to Friday) two courses (entrée and main dish) are €22 with a €7 supplement for dessert. Despite a change of owners, I still find this location worth considering as a place to base oneself.

www.lechevalblancblere.com

2. Personally I enjoy staying in the center of Tours, it's central to all of the châteaux of the valley and there are plenty of restaurants, cafés, museums, and shopping for everyone's taste. There are a number of chambres d'hotes (B&Bs) in Tours as well as outside of town.

For a complete list of area's lodging possibilities, check here:

http://www.ligeris.com/

My favorite hotel in Tours is (with free parking):

Hotel du Manoir :

2, rue Traversière

http://site.voila.fr/hotel.manoir.tours

3. Between Blois and Tours

Auberge de Launay

in a beautiful setting and a wonderful restaurant

http://www.aubergedelaunay.com/

4. Hostel du Roy

in Chenonceaux

http://www.hostelduroy.com/

5. la Ferme des Berthiers

just south of Tours in a very homey setting

http://www.lafermedesberthiers.fr/

Near Chenonceaux:

6. Le Bon Laboureur

http://www.bonlaboureur.com/

7. La Roseraie – Hôtel/Restaurant

http://www.hotel-chenonceau.com/

8. Le Château de Chémery

http://axel.fontaine.free.fr/page/site.html

Located between Châteaux Chambord and Chenonceaux in the heart of Touraine wine country. In fact you can arrange for a tour of the Cave de la Grande Brosse winery just next door and visit the cave where wine is stored.

http://cavegrandebrosse.com/

I am not sure how well Phillippe speaks English but the staff at the Chambre d'hote can arrange a visit for you.

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2. Re: 3 days to spend in Loire Valley

Thanks Sarastro. I have seen your suggestion on other posts, but from my quick review most are Hotels or BB's. Any suggestions for Chateaus? Being that it is our honeymoon we would like to spend at least one night in a Chateau, budget per night around $350. Not sure exactly what the cost is per night at a Chateau. Thanks again

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3. Re: 3 days to spend in Loire Valley

Can happily recommend you some Chateaux hotels in the Blois area but will need you to post your budget in €uros ($ mean nothing to me).

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4. Re: 3 days to spend in Loire Valley

300 euros average per night

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5. Re: 3 days to spend in Loire Valley

Here are three for you to look at around the Tours area:

chateaudenoizay.com/uk/index.php#index.php

http://www.tortiniere.com/UK.asp

grandesetapes.fr/fr/…index.html

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6. Re: 3 days to spend in Loire Valley

This is what we have so far on on our itinerary

Day 1 = Drive from Mont Saint Michel to location of our Chateau or BB (pending decision) but before we arrive here, we were planning on stopping at Chenonceaux

Day 2 = Sightseeing day. Visit Chateau Chambord and Clos-Lucé

Day 3 = Before driving to Paris, do any last minute visits or towns in the area and then on the drive to Paris, stop at Fountaineblue or Versailles

Does this sound reasonable? Thanks again

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7. Re: 3 days to spend in Loire Valley

We stayed in Chenonceaux for 2 nights at the wonderful Hotel la Roseraie and visited Chenonceau and Chambord. Both chateaux were wonderful, in different ways. Chambord is pretty amazing because of its size.

La Roseraie's Laurent and Sophie are absolutely the most charming and hospitable hosts you could want. The hotel has a very good restaurant , too. This property is not lavish, but very comfortable and cozy, and a great value for the price. Look up its ratings.

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8. Re: 3 days to spend in Loire Valley

Check out more of my posts, but off the top of my head, here is what comes to mind:

Chateau de Pray - VERY authenic castle a few minutes from Amboise (which is 20-mins from Chenonceaux. - http://praycastel.online.fr/gb/index_gb.htm

I stayed here and got one of their best rooms. My photos are from July 2008 - they should be on here somewhere... It would be a good honeymoon spot.

Chateau des Ormeaux - still in the same Amboise area.

www.chateaudesormeaux.fr/accueil_eng.php

***I wanted to stay here, but I was tired and couldn't think of it's name. I was asking people where is Chateau OISEAUX! They all just looked at me strange ... "bird house"???

There really are a lot of true Chateau experiences. Maps.google.com REALLY helped me plan my solo adventure in 2008. Simply find the area you are interested in and do a search for "Chateau" or "accommodations", etc. You can also get a better idea of time and distances. I think it is about a 3-hour drive to Chenonceaux/Amboise from Paris/CDG. So it might be like 6-hours from Mont St-Michel to Amboise area.

This is a beautiful area full of romatic possibilities!!!

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