The Loire Valley
A beautiful break between wild landscapes and sumptuous castles ....
Located at Le Cheval Blanc in Bléré, you are at the heart of the Loire Valley and its castles. Its magnificent architectural jewels unfold: Chenonceau, a renaissance castle superbly installed on the Cher surrounded by terraces and gardens, Amboise proudly standson the banks of the Loire, Clos-Lucé where Leonardo da Vinci resided and of course the inevitable castles of Chambord, Cheverny or Villandry ... to name just a few ... 30 km from our hotel, Montrésor, ranked among the most beautiful villages in France with its castle, its gothic collegiate, its beautiful houses and its picturesque wash-house on the edge of the Indrois isworth a detour.
Before returning to Tours, take time to visit the troglodityque site of Montlouis-sur-Loire with its wine producer’s cellar, dug in the limestone. Capital of Touraine, Tours, city of art and history has retained its prestigious past with an exceptional heritage of buildings: its half-timbered houses, the Gothic Saint-Gatien cathedral, the Museum of Fine Arts, its museum of Touraine wines in the decor of the cellar of the Saint-Julien abbey ....
And, from Tours, take a pleasant cruise on the Loire to discover its pretty banks ...
Duck Race Chenonceau
Press review of the hotel
"Operation Seduction at the Cheval Blanc" (Le Chef.com)
"The amateurs jostle each other with a truffle meal" (La Nouvelle République ")
"Impeccable service for the high school students of Chaptal" (The New Republic)
"The Cheval Blanc elected Quality Restaurant" (The New Republic)
"3 stars and a summer re-season ..." (The New Republic)
"Dinner in the dark to understand the disability (The New Republic)
Chenonceau castle 13 minutes by car
The history of Chenonceau castle is marked by an almost uninterrupted succession of women who built, embellished, protected, restored and saved it. The first castle was medieval in the 12th and 13th centuries, of which only the keep remains: the Tower of the Marques.
The Clos Luce in Amboise
17 minutes by car
Since 1854, the Château du Clos Lucé has been owned by the Saint Bris family. From the 1960s onwards, a vast restoration site has given back to Clos Lucé its Renaissance aspect.
Invited by François 1st in 1516, Leonardo da Vinci, a true Italian genius, crossed the Alps on a mule carrying three of his most remarkable works: the Mona Lisa, Saint Anne the Virgin and Child and Saint John the Baptist, to settle in the Manoir du Cloux (as formerly named).
Tourist office of Chenonceaux Bléré Val de Cher
a 1 minute walk: 8 rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau - 37150 BLERE
11 minutes by car: 1 rue Bretonneau - 37150 CHENONCEAUX
The Royal castle of Amboise
18 minutes by car
12 kilometers from your hotel, the Royal castle of Amboise majestically overlooks the Loire. Attached to the crown in 1434, it served as a residence to several kings of France to Henry II during the Renaissance
Then, the court having moved to the Ile de France, the Castle of Amboise was no more than a stage for the Bourbon kings and regularly hosted Louis XIII and Louis XIV.