A rococo château hotel in the Loire

The pristine Hotel Château du Grand-Lucé is all cleverly restored 18th-century grandeur

The 18th-century grandeur of the dining room at Hotel Château du Grand-Lucé in the Loire Valley
The 18th-century grandeur of the dining room at Hotel Château du Grand-Lucé in the Loire Valley

Grand country-house hotels are having a moment in France, with the likes of Domaine des Etangs and Château de Montcaud having made their way onto It and Hot Lists this spring. The latest to enter the mix has a quirkier CV, featuring Californian owners who are hoteliers via Park City, Utah.

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The Hotel Château du Grand-Lucé (chateaugrandluce.com; from €950) – built in the 1760s by the baron Pineau de Viennay, it’s one of the Loire Valley’s most pristinely preserved 18th-century houses – has 17 rooms and suites, public spaces ranging from cosy dens to a vast patrician salon to a charming orangery, and 30 hectares sequestering a jardin exotique and a potager, orchards, meadows, a lake and walled gardens. Outbuildings have been cleverly put to use as a ballroom and a spa, but it’s the interiors, which reprise exactingly the ambience and luxe of the rococo, that stand out.

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