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ChenonceauxFrance

A short stroll from one of the region’s most impressive châteaus, this charming, rural village provides an idyllic base for exploration.

Admire grandiose architecture, exquisite artwork and lavish gardens in charming Chenonceaux. Wander through quiet streets of cafés and bakeries and visit the pretty chapel. Although it’s famous for the spectacular castle nearby, the town itself is an undiscovered delight complemented by its friendly, local atmosphere.

Notice the superb metal rhino at the antique dealership on Rue Bretonneau before you continue to the Church of Saint-John the Baptist farther west. This tiny chapel was modeled in the 12th-century Romanesque style although it was not actually built until the 1500s. The modest façade is extremely pretty while the interior features a semicircular apse that is illuminated by stained-glass windows.

Enjoy a fresh pastry from the local bakery or relax with a coffee before you wander across the rail line and through tranquil woodland to Château de Chenonceau, standing intriguingly over the River Cher. The main house is a fortress of white towers and sharp spires matched inside by elegant furnishings and a set of rare 16th-century Flanders tapestries. Enjoy spending some time in the intricate gardens before you come to the main gallery. Stretching across the river over a set of graceful arches, this is a breathtaking piece of architecture. Inside, the walls are covered with paintings from many of Europe’s greatest artists, including Rubens, Murillo and Poussin.

When evening arrives, make your way back to the village for a sumptuous dinner. The food is traditional French with fish and meat cooked to succulent perfection. Enjoy a drink and a chat with the locals in one of the friendly bars. Go back through the quiet streets to one of the guesthouses, most of which are a short walk from the town center.

Chenonceaux is in the department of Indre-et-Loire in central France. The village is served by trains, with Paris about 2 hours north.

Slip into the French countryside and admire one of the country’s most magnificent châteaus at Chenonceaux.

Top hotels in Chenonceaux

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Auberge du Bon Laboureur
Auberge du Bon Laboureur
4 out of 5
6 Rue Du Docteur Bretonneau, Chenonceaux, Indre-et-Loire
The price is £113 per night from 22 Sep to 23 Sep

Situated in Chenonceaux, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Loire Valley and Chateau de Chenonceau. Caves du Pere Auguste is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) away. ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (205 reviews)

"Excellent service, very friendly - we felt welcomed We also had a lovely light airy room and dinner was superb"…"

Reviewed on 4 Mar 2020

Auberge du Bon Laboureur
Hotel La Roseraie
Hotel La Roseraie
3 out of 5
7 rue du Docteur Bretonneau, Chenonceaux, Indre-et-Loire
The price is £89 per night from 1 Oct to 2 Oct

Situated in Chenonceaux, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Chateau de Chenonceau and Caves du Pere Auguste. Mini-Chateaux Park and Clos Lucé Castle are also ...

4.2/5Excellent! (294 reviews)

"A really nice hotel. Excellent breakfast and air conditioning. Helpful staff and a lovely location. The pool looked great although we did not use it. However, if you have a vegetarian in your party you will not be able to get suitable food for dinner."…"

Reviewed on 7 Aug 2020

Hotel La Roseraie
Logis Le Relais Chenonceaux
Logis Le Relais Chenonceaux
2 out of 5
10 Rue du Docteur Bretonneau, Chenonceaux
The price is £72 per night from 26 Sep to 27 Sep

Located in the heart of Chenonceaux, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Loire Valley and Chateau de Chenonceau. Caves du Pere Auguste is 1 mi (1.6 km) ...

3.5/5Good! (21 reviews)

"We were greeted by the Basil Fawlty of France. We were given a key for a room not ready and so were forced to sit outside on a bench for over an hour while waiting. PS - we were trying to check in at 4pm. 'Basil' was more concerned that we reserved for dinner and then breakfast at his hotel than ..."…"

Reviewed on 22 Sep 2019

Logis Le Relais Chenonceaux

Popular places to visit in Chenonceaux

Chateau de Chenonceau
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Chateau de Chenonceau

5/5(16 reviews)

The breathtaking beauty of this majestic château is complemented with a collection of fine artwork and beautiful gardens.

Château-Gaillard
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Château-Gaillard

4.5/5(3 reviews)

The resting place of Leonardo da Vinci is an imposing fortress filled with elegant chapels and an abundance of fascinating history.

Saint-Gatien Cathedral
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Saint-Gatien Cathedral

4/5(17 reviews)

See the tombs of the infants of French royalty after gazing up at the mesmerizing façade and the well preserved stained glass inside.

Musee des Beaux-Arts
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Musee des Beaux-Arts

4/5(1 review)

View an array of iconic paintings from the last 600 years set among antique furnishings in one of the most beautiful buildings in the Loire Valley.

Place Plumereau
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Place Plumereau

4/5(8 reviews)

You can learn about the history of Tours with a trip to Place Plumereau. You can seek out the local tours while in the area.

Château d'Amboise
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Château d'Amboise

4/5(3 reviews)

You can learn about the history of Amboise with a visit to Château d'Amboise. Visit the area's shops or simply enjoy its cafes.

Top things to do in Chenonceaux

Loire Valley Castles Private 1-Day Tour from Paris by Train
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Loire Valley Castles Private 1-Day Tour from Paris by Train

£585
Per adult
Loire castles tour
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Loire castles tour

£604
Per adult
Small-Group Chambord Castle & Loire Valley Winetasting Tour with Lunch from Paris
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Small-Group Chambord Castle & Loire Valley Winetasting Tour with Lunch from Paris

£262
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Private Full-Day Loire Valley Castles Tour from Paris
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Private Full-Day Loire Valley Castles Tour from Paris

£960
Per adult
Château Amboise Photography Tour and Masterclass
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Château Amboise Photography Tour and Masterclass

£145
Per adult
Guided tour of the museum - Tasting
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Guided tour of the museum - Tasting

£5
Per adult

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