We prefer to stay in chateaus when visiting France. My husband randomly found the Chateau Chemen on the internet and booked 2 nights stay during our visit to Loire Valley. What made it so special? Maybe it was the wonderful company of the two couples from Holland (repeat guests), or maybe it was the lovely, spacious room with views of the vineyard, or maybe it was the excellent food and wine, what ever it was, it was one of our most memorable chateau stays. The owners have done a superb job of restoring a previously dilapidated property and their welcoming hospitality made us feel at home. The breakfasts were delicious and we had a dinner at the chateau that included wine from the chateau vineyard. Two things stood out as highlights of this (second) trip to the Loire Valley - visiting the Villandry chateau gardens and Chateau Chemen. I highly recommend both.