Planning to explore Loire area in France for 3-4 days. Any suggestions where to stay... would love to stay in guesthouses or bed and breakfast places and learn the culture...
Le Roserie in Chenonceaux is lovely. It's a small inn with an excellent restaurant and friendly owners. It's so close to the chateau that you can walk there.
Do some research on Logis de France. logisdefrance.com These are small inns, family-owned, all over France, almost always with on-site parking. We have probably stayed at about 20 of them over the years.
thanks for your inputs.... also we are visiting in winter , any specific do do during that time...
Follow Norma's advice.
I agree with Cynthia – in Chenonceaux, the Hotel la Roseraie (http://www.hotel-chenonceau.com/index.php?id_site=2) is an excellent choice and their restaurant is very good to.
For something completely different - La Maison du Pecheur in Chaumont-sur-Loire (http://www.chaumont-sur-loire.com/index.html) – it's a quirky little hotel nestled under the chateau with views over the Loire. It's very French and their English is limited, try the restaurant La Chancelière (http://www.restaurant-lachanceliere.fr/) located next door, you won't be disappointed.
both the hotels suggested are sold out of the dates i want...
Logis Saint Mexime in Chinon.
Logis Saint Mexime also closed
Not a guesthouse or b&b but you might try the Grand Monarque Hotel in Azay le Rideau. It's a nice town and the chateau is right there. I stayed there last summer and I found it very comfortable. They have parking if you have a car so that was nice. They do have a restaurant but I never ate there.
They may not be sold out but more likely closed over that period - did you try emailing the hotels directly?
decide on hotel diderot in chinon.... any comments on this place
Grand Monarque Hotel in Azay le Rideau also not available... yes been emailing hotels also directly..
You might want to check out this place: http://www.agnessorel.com/index.php
We stayed at Hotel Diderot three years ago and really liked it. I seem to recall you had to pay extra for breakfast, but we thought it was delicious. Very friendly place and nice location in Chinon, which is a town we enjoyed.