Chateau de Chenonceau

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

Stand in awe as you view the magnificent Château de Chenonceau spanning the River Cher and examine the exquisite oil works within its extensive gallery. Meander down halls of period furniture into ornate, secluded rooms and explore the vast landscaped gardens.

Originally constructed at the beginning of the 16th century, the main building of the Château de Chenonceau is a fairytale picture of bright white turrets and towers. Admire the picturesque views of the castle’s arched supports rising from the river. This became the permanent residence of Catherine de Médicis after her husband Henri II died in 1559.

The first things you notice when you step through the entrance are the stylish straight and spiraled staircases, each adorned with motifs and carvings. Head upstairs to the bedroom of Diane de Poitiers to view an immense fireplace. Go to the top floor to seek out the dark mourning room.

Make your way through long corridors past superb 16th-century tapestries to the inspiring Grande Gallerie, supported by five wide arches across the Cher River. The gallery was the project of Henri II’s mistress, Diane de Poitiers. During World War II, the river marked the line between free and occupied France. Stories tell of how civilians often used the gallery to escape the clutches of the Nazis. Picture these scenes and view the gallery’s stunning oil paintings by artists including Rubens, le Primatice and van Loo. The top floor meanwhile holds an exhibit on the château’s long history explaining why it has come to be known as the ladies château.

Complete a stroll around the wonderful gardens. They are replenished every year with the planting of more than 130,000 flowers. Find your way through the garden maze, smell fragrant yew trees and enjoy the vivid colors of the rose garden.

Château de Chenonceau is located in the Loire Valley, a 10-minute walk south of Chenonceaux. It has an admission fee. Visit the château any day of the week.

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Hotel La Roseraie
Hotel La Roseraie
3 out of 5
7 rue du Docteur Bretonneau, Chenonceaux, Indre-et-Loire
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 ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (312 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 Aug 7, 2020

Hotel La Roseraie
Hostel du Roy
Hostel du Roy
2 out of 5
9, rue du docteur Bretonneau, Chenonceaux, Indre-et-Loire
Situated in the historical district, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Loire Valley and Chateau de Chenonceau. Caves du Pere Auguste and Chateau de Montrichard ...
3.6/5 Good! (114 reviews)
Hop to Chenonceau
"Fantastic location close to the Chateau de Chenonceau. Airy and light room and attentive staff. The restaurant was delicious and it is an ideal stop near Tours."

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2018

Hostel du Roy
Hôtel Clair Cottage
Hôtel Clair Cottage
27 Rue de l'Europe, Chisseaux
Situated in Chisseaux, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Loire Valley and 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Chateau de Chenonceau. Caves du Pere Auguste is 2 mi (3.2 km) ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (46 reviews)
Do not stay at Clair Cottage in Chiseaux.
"DO NOT PLEASE DO NOT attempt to stay in this place. The beds and pillows belong to the POMPEI era. We call this kind of bed CATRE. We reserved for 4 nights and after the 1st one we decided to leave and agreed with the owner/employee to pay the night we stay and one more as penalty. He agreed we paid ..."

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2021

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Auberge du Bon Laboureur
Auberge du Bon Laboureur
4 out of 5
6 Rue Du Docteur Bretonneau, Chenonceaux, Indre-et-Loire
The price is $148 per night from Dec 17 to Dec 17
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Hotel La Roseraie
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3 out of 5
7 rue du Docteur Bretonneau, Chenonceaux, Indre-et-Loire
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Hostel du Roy
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2 out of 5
9, rue du docteur Bretonneau, Chenonceaux, Indre-et-Loire
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Hôtel Clair Cottage
Hôtel Clair Cottage
27 Rue de l'Europe, Chisseaux
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49 Rue du Dr Bretonneau, Chenonceaux, Centre-Loire Valley
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2 out of 5
10 Rue du Docteur Bretonneau, Chenonceaux
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Chenonceaux, Centre-Loire Valley
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The Loft de l'Amandier
Chenonceaux, Centre-Loire Valley
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Le Loft de L'amandier
Le Loft de L'amandier
Chenonceaux, Centre-Loire Valley
Le Loft de L'amandier
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