While everyone packs up and heads to the French Riviera for the summer getaway, we recommend taking your wine-loving self to the country’s gorgeous Loire Valley. The Loire Valley doesn’t have to be as countryside as you think. In fact, some of the most magnificent châteaux in all of the country are located in this northwestern region of France. If you’re ready to treat yourself and not sure where to start, you’re in the right place. We’ve rounded up eight of the most insane châteaux in the entire region for you to consider when planning your next French getaway. Trust us — the Loire Valley has never been so luxurious.
This gorgeous 19th-century mansion is ideally situated between the cities of Angers and Nantes, right on the banks of a tiny river. For larger water excursions, the Loire is only a short seven kilometers away. Complete with a private pool, garden and no noise “except for that of the birds,” it doesn’t get much better than this.
This stunning, renovated château is perfect for family reunions, gatherings among friends, or celebrations of any sort. With 14 beds and a private panoramic countryside view from every window, it doesn’t get more Loire Valley than this. Plus, there’s a heated saltwater pool outdoors.
Surrounded by a wooded forest and stunning river, this incredible château has been in the same family for nearly 200 years. Situated north of Angers, this château is perfect for discovering the wines of the Anjou-Saumur region; you’ll certainly enjoy sipping a glass or two in the heated pool. Perfect for family vacations.
Sauvignon Blanc lovers, this stunning estate is for you. Situated on 100 acres, the estate comes equipped with a pond for fishing, swimming pool, fireplace, and full kitchen. Just 15 minutes away from the renowned Sauvignon Blanc region of Cheverny!
This insanely beautiful castle is perfectly situated in the Coteaux du Layon appellation, known for their exquisite, golden-colored dessert wines produced from Chenin Blanc. Enjoy a bottle in your private castle garden, which dates back to the 11th century. Surrounded by vines, cycling trails, and horses, life really doesn’t get much better than this.
You and 11 of your favorite Sauvignon Blanc-loving friends have found the answer to all your vacation-planning woes: this ridiculous castle in Sancerre. Just a few minutes away from all the wineries you could possibly need. Grab some crottin de chavignol, a bottle of SB, and treat yourself to the French getaway you know you deserve.
Ideally situated in Sologne, you’ll have plenty to do at this beautiful Loire Valley castle, including tennis, cycling, and walks through the village. Private golf and a heated pool also come with this magnificent chateau package. Tired of looking at your own stunning château? Drive around the village and gaze upon the others.