Best Hotels by Chateau Villandry in France
Chateau Villandry, located in the Loire Valley, is one of France’s top destinations ~ & not just because of its stately home. Villandry is known for its incredible gardens…which are some of the most famous in France, second perhaps only to Monet’s at Giverny. As one of the more southern chateaux in the Loire, this area makes a great base for exploring, because: 1) It’s close to the major city of Tours, & 2) There are several gorgeous chateaus to stay in nearby….some with very famous historical connections. On that note, here are the “Best Hotels by Chateau Villandry.”
Though Chateau D’Artigny ($185+) is a fantastic hotel near Chateau Villandry & (my favorite) Chenonceau ~ the three hotels listed below are my absolute favorite choices for a stay by Villandry….& they’re all a bit more budget-friendly too!
Map of Hotels by Chateau Villandry
Chateau de Rochecotte ($168+)
Chateau D'Artigny ($245+)
Chateau du Gerfaut ($179+)
Chateau de Beauvois ($158+)
Best Hotels by Chateau Villandry
Chateau de Rochecotte Hotel ($148+/night) = Opulent Chateau Set on 12 Wooded Acres ~ 12 Miles West of Villandry: For such an opulent chateau, you can get quite a deal here…at around $150/night. Old-world charm meets modern amenties, in a beautifully quiet, park-like location. Huge gardens with 300-year old cedar trees surround the grounds….perfect for strolling. Their on-site restaurant has an extensive wine menu & lovely terrace.
“Chateau de Rochecotte is a beautiful 18th-century castle with a large park. Grounds are very well-kept. Italian gardens & a private chapel are a must-see. The property overlooks the village of St. Patrice & provides spectacular views of the Loire Valley. Food is gastronomic, upscale. The main building has a game room, library, & a relaxing pre/post dinner area.
– Patrice Bonnefoi
Where to Stay by Chateau Villandry
Chateau du Gerfaut ($179+/night) = Romantic “Castle in the Forest” ~ Located 6 Miles South of Villandry: They call themselves a “Bed & Breakfast in a Castle,” which I love. It implies friendlier, more personal service ~ but, with the grander ambiance of a castle. And with rooms often priced under $200/night, this is happily budget-friendly! If you’re lucky, while sipping wine on the terrace, you just might meet the “Lady of the Chateau,” who can regale you with stories of the chateau’s history…
“Gerfaut is an extraordinary château with luxury owners who make the place magnificent & welcoming! The furniture & rooms are for dreaming & wanting to stay & live in them! Good taste & savoir-faire are palpable in every meter of the château, that only makes you want to learn about its history…
– Berti B.
Photos of Chateau de Beauvois
**Chateau de Beauvois ($158+/night) = 4-Star Castle Stay with Gourmet Restaurant ~ 11 Miles North of Villandry: Once upon a time…this was King Louis XIII’s favorite hunting destination: & to be honest, I can see why! Their gourmet restaurant is named for him, & he certainly would’ve appreciated the 50,000 wine bottles housed in their elaborate underground cellars. From fine dining to 15th-century Renaissance towers, a Cigar Lounge, heated outdoor pool, basketball & tennis courts: you’ll feel like modern-day royalty staying here…at a very fair price.
“We had a magical experience at Chateau de Beauvois. The people are so nice & the whole setup: the room, restaurant ~ everything was perfect. It’s a real escape from the every day normality. We will definitely come back! And we traveled with under 2-year old baby, he also loved it.”
– Stefani Andreeva
Renting a Car in the Loire Valley
I HIGHLY recommend renting a car in the Loire Valley, particularly if you’re staying in a chateau, as they’re usually located slightly out of town. I drove all over the Loire, & found the driving very mellow & laidback. There are little to no toll roads here (in other parts of France, there can be many), & you’re really in the country in the Loire….the pace of life is far slower here than in Paris.
The alternative to renting a car is to take a bus tour ~ which usually start in major towns, such as Blois. This is a possibility, but one that gives you much less flexibility. You can also try to Uber or taxi from place-to-place, but this may end up being more expensive than simply renting a car. I love using Discover Cars, as they aggregate across car rental companies to get you the best prices.