The Loire Valley, with it's landscape of great beauty, historic cities and villages and of course the architectural monuments - the châteaux is it one of my favorite parts in France.
Château Chambord is the largest one in the Loire Valley. It's quite impressive with it's beautiful French architecture and influences of the Italien Renaissance. The Domain of Chambord is made up of the château, a village, farms and a wooded area covering nearly 5440 hectares, roughly the size of the city of Paris! The original design of the Château is attributed, though with some doubt, to Domenico da Cortona, Leonardo da Vinci may also have been involved. One of the architectural highlights is the spectacular open double helix staircase that is the centerpiece of the château. The two helices ascend the three floors without ever meeting, illuminated from above by a sort of light house at the highest point of the château.
There are suggestions that Leonardo da Vinci may have designed the staircase, but this has not been confirmed. Take advantage of the many activities Chambord has to offer. You can rent electric bikes, take a boat tour or take a carriage ride and see the castle and it's surroundings from a different angle. Plan your visit during the summer months to attend the Festival of Chambord including classical and contemporary music concerts which were held in the courtyard of the château every July.
When your visiting the Loire Valley you also have to stay in a château. This time we choose Domaine des Hauts de Loire which is only 35 km away from Château Chambord. Well hidden in the forest gives it such a romantic touch.
As member of the Relaix et Châteaux group you already know what you can expect here. The house does not only have a story behind it, you will feel like a princess in your own castle. We stayed in a suite in the main building, which was lovely with excellent classic decoration in every detail, fresh white roses on the table and a welcome chocolate on the bed. Which did not survived.
There is also a carriage house with beautiful rooms a short walk from the castle. You can totally recover yourself and feel like back in time. The staff is friendly and does it's best to fulfill every wish, before you even can express it. Not to forget about the excellent french cuisine including a large variation of regional products. We only spent one night in this magical place, but we enjoyed every second of it. The breakfast is also worth mentioning. Delicious warm french pastries and bread from the village bakery and organic eggs and milk products from a local farm nearby. The perfect start in the day!
such a lovely Suite