We stayed at a 19th-century chateau near Langeais a small town in the Loire Valley. It felt like we were in the middle of nowhere, far away from all the big tourist attractions. But it was beautiful and elegant. Would love to own a place like that in the future!
The chateau was the former private estate of Duchess of Dino and Prince of Talleyrand. It has entertained a number of political, literally and aristocratic visitors, such as Honore de Balzac, King George IV or England and the Queen.
Like a palace, but a cozier one.
The gardens and tree walk of the estate.
The chateau is on a hill and overlooks the plains around it.
The same desert that I had for 2 nights straight while we were staying at the 18th-century Chateau de Rochecotte in Langeais (a small town in the Loire Valley, a.k.a the Chateau Valley in central France).
The Chateau is actually a family business that has passed down for generations! The owners of the Chateau now are 3 sisters of the family; 2 deals with the management of the Chateau and the one is the chief chef of the high-end restaurant in the Chateau. Beautiful place but quite isolated. Nevertheless a great relaxing place and super-family-like staff!