Le Relais de Chambord. Photo: Gillian Thornton

A selection of quality hotels, restaurants and wine tours across the region

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HOTELS

Le Clos d’Amboise

In the heart of the Royal City of Amboise, near the pedestrianised shopping streets, this 17th-century house was converted into a charming hotel in 2003 and upgraded to luxury status in 2011. www.leclosdamboise.com

Best Western Grand Monarque, Chartres

This gem offers elegant décor and Regency style just a short walk from the old town. Spa facilities for wellbeing and beauty treatments, a restaurant, brasserie and deli, not to mention cooking classes, it has it all. www.bw-grand-monarque.com

Le Relais de Chambord, Chambord

Snug on the Chambord estate, overlooking the castle, it has all the charms of a grand country house combined with the comforts of a contemporary hotel. www.relaisdechambord.com

Hôtel Mercure, Blois

Situated on the river bank with rooms built around a large central atrium,
it features a pool, hammam, fitness centre and private parking. Pay a visit to the Why Not bar and the all-new Quai restaurant. www.accorhotels.com

Hotel Mercure Blois. Photo: Gillian Thornton

Hôtel Le Grand Monarque, Azay-le-Rideau

A short walk from the château, this 18th-century coaching inn of white tuffeau with shady courtyard was named after Louis XIV. www.legrandmonarque.com

Château de La Bourdaisière, Montlouis-sur-Loire

With an extensive wooded park, orchard, dahlia garden, microfarm, National Tomato Conservatory and 29 rooms, it is packed with period charm and corners to explore. www.labourdaisiere.com

Le Grand Hôtel, Tours

Recently renovated with contemporary Art Deco inspiration, this 1920s hotel stands at right angles to the main railway station. Breakfast only, but there are several restaurants to choose from close by. www.legrandhoteltours.com

Step back in time when you dine at L’Auberge du Prieuré. Photo: Gillian Thornton

RESTAURANTS

Au Manoir d’Anet, Anet

This charming restaurant is located directly opposite the château and next to the new visitor centre. Elegant dishes prepared by chef Wilfrid Beaugeard. www.lemanoirdanet.com

Les Feuillantines, Chartres

Dine on a simple menu of fresh, local produce in a city centre location close to the cathedral. restaurantlesfeuillantines.eatbu.com

L’Auberge du Prieuré, Clos Lucé

The serving staff dress in period costume in this half-timbered, turreted building in the park of Leonardo da Vinci’s former home. www.vinci-closluce.com

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L’Orangerie, Château de Chenonceau

You can’t beat its stunning floral centrepieces and views of the château from the terrace. www.chenonceau.com

Le Comptoir Méditerranéen, Chaumont-sur-Loire

Just one of several eating options in the Domaine, it’s a relaxed, family-friendly café with terrace. www.domaine-chaumont.fr

WINE TOURS

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Vincent Delaby worked for over a decade in vineyards across the AOC de Touraine region and now shares his passion and knowledge with small groups on fun and educational tours. [email protected]; www.vinoloire.fr

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