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
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 ...

4.2/5Excellent! (275 reviews)

"We love this property. The one downside is internet access. Our room was too far from the lobby. They needed a signal booster. My wife and I each have our own businesses and even on vacation we have to deal with work issues."…"

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2019

Hotel La Roseraie
Auberge du Bon Laboureur
Auberge du Bon Laboureur
4 out of 5
6 Rue Du Docteur Bretonneau, Chenonceaux, Indre-et-Loire

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

4.7/5Exceptional! (189 reviews)

"Original architecture to the times of the chateaus."…"

Reviewed on Oct 30, 2019

Auberge du Bon Laboureur
La Maison de Famille
La Maison de Famille
49 rue Dr Bretonneau, Chenonceaux, Centre-Val de Loire
$70
per night
Nov 18 - Nov 19

Situated in Chenonceaux, this guesthouse is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Chateau de Chenonceau and 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Caves du Pere Auguste. Chateau de Montrichard and ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (25 reviews)
Great location for Chenonceau visit!

"Walking distance to Chenonceau! Lovely place to stay for your visit to Chenonceau. Close to local dining as well."…"

Reviewed on May 20, 2019

La Maison de Famille

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Chateau de Chenonceau
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Chateau de Chenonceau

5/5(87 reviews)

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Tours Cathedral
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Tours Cathedral

4.5/5(36 reviews)

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Château-Gaillard
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Château-Gaillard

4.5/5(25 reviews)

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

Place Plumereau
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Place Plumereau

4.5/5(13 reviews)

Step back in time and learn more about local history with a stop at Place Plumereau in Tours. You can seek out the local tours while in the area.

Musee des Beaux-Arts
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Musee des Beaux-Arts

4.5/5(4 reviews)

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.

Château d'Amboise
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Château d'Amboise

4.5/5(17 reviews)

Enjoy a stop at Château d'Amboise, a landmark worth seeing in Amboise. Wander around the gardens or enjoy the area's cafés.

Top activities in Chenonceaux

Top 3 Loire Valley Castles from Paris and wine tastings from Paris
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Top 3 Loire Valley Castles from Paris and wine tastings from Paris

$234

Enjoy a day in the French Countryside while you explore three remarkable Chateaux in the Loire Valley.

Majesty, Wine & History in the Charming Loire Valley
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Majesty, Wine & History in the Charming Loire Valley

$167

Experience castles, wines and history on this memorable day trip to the picturesque Loire Valley. Discover the fascinating history and marvel at the extravagant glamor of the French aristocracy at Château de Chambord and Château de Chenonceau.

Small-Group Loire Valley & Castles Tour from Paris
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Small-Group Loire Valley & Castles Tour from Paris

$277

Spend a day strolling around the moats of fairy tale castles as you dive into the rolling hills of the Loire Valley. Visit 3 different castles that date back to the 15th and 16th centuries, learn about the significance and function of historic French chateaus, and enjoy a tasty lunch along the way.

Photography tour of Château Chenonceau
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Photography tour of Château Chenonceau

$223

Develop your photography skills while capturing the magic of Château Chenonceau once home of Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medici. Our expert guidance and local knowledge ensure you will get the best possible images from your visit.

Loire castles tour
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Loire castles tour

$250

Start your Loire valley tour from Paris by visiting the charming castle of Chenonceau, referred to as the “Castle of the Five Ladies” by historians, a unique Renaissance architecture masterpiece from the 16th Century.

ZooParc de Beauval Entrance Ticket
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ZooParc de Beauval Entrance Ticket

$35

Visit: ZooParc de Beauval, Route du Blanc, 41110, Saint-Aignan France Make your own way to the ZooParc de Beauval in Saint-Aignan to begin your family-friendly adventure. On arrival, enjoy full-day access to the 30-hectare (74-acre) park and enjoy the freedom to explore at your own pace.