An unmissable Loire Valley hotel

Relais de Chambord is housed in a boldly restored stone farmhouse in the grounds of a 16th-century château

Relais de Chambord is located in the grounds of a 16th-century château in France’s Loire Valley
Relais de Chambord is located in the grounds of a 16th-century château in France’s Loire Valley | Image: Ludovic Letot

Chambord, in France’s Loire Valley, is one of the quickest and easiest bucolic fixes to reach from the capital, with its spectacular 16th-century château a main attraction. Now it also boasts an alluring hotel, set within the bounds of the château’s 5,440 hectares: Relais de Chambord (relaisdechambord.com; from €165), with 55 rooms and suites in a boldly restored and extended stone farmhouse designed by Jean-Michel Wilmotte, he of the varied but uniformly stunning La Réserve properties. Interiors, in contrast to the ornamental extravagance of the château itself, are resolutely spare, clean and done in the softest of white and fawn tones. 

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