Neighborhood/Region

Premier Location

The Loire Valley is home to some of the most famous castles in the world. The area is one of the most toured regions in Europe and has been ranked by National Geographic as the world's number 1 place to visit. Chenonceau, Cheverny, and Chambord are within a half-hour drive from the Château Loire. Several major international corporations in the pharmaceutical, aerospace, automotive, fashion, and cosmetics fields are located within the region. The closest metropolitan cities are Blois (population: 60,000), and Tours (population: 300,000) located 25 km and 45 km from Pontlevoy respectively.

Location Highlights

  » Proximity to Paris
  » Magnificent Châteaux
  » Extraordinary dining
  » Exceptional beauty
  » Easily accessible
  » World-renowned wines
  » Celebrated culture

Castles

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Known throughout the world for their architectural splendor, romantic glamour and fascinating history, the famous châteaux of the Loire Valley were the favorite destinations, vacations, and residencies to European royalty throughout the centuries. Centrally located amongst them all, The Château Loire provides an ideal starting point to visit, explore and learn all about these celebrated castles.
   

Amboise

 
Set high above and overlooking the town and the Loire River, Amboise was a favorite childhood residence to many kings of France. Its golden age came during the period of 15th and 16th centuries under Louis XI, Charles VII and Francois I. Conspiracy, underground passageways, towers, and Leonardo da Vinci's tomb are all part of the magic, mystery, and splendor of this enchanting castle.
http://www.chateau-amboise.com

   

Blois

 
Overlooking the beautiful Loire River, the Château of Blois was home to several Kings, including Louis XII, François I, Henri III, Henry IV and Gaston d'Orléans. Constructed in the heart of Blois between the 13th and 17th centuries, the château is made up of several asymmetrical connecting buildings and features the grand spiral staircase of Francois I.  Joan of Arc was blessed here in 1429 by the Archbishop of Reims before going to Orleans to drive out the English.
http://www.chateaudeblois.fr
   

Chambord

 
The largest castle in the Loire is famous for its towers, terraces, hunting grounds and grand double spiral staircase thought to be designed by Leonardo da Vinci. Built in 1519 by François I as a hunting lodge, Chambord contains 440 rooms, 365 fireplaces and 84 staircases. Originally designed in French renaissance architecture with a blending of medieval and classical Italian structures, its myriad lanterns, chimneys, and dormer windows make Chambord a truly breathtaking sight.
http://www.chambord.org
 

Cheverny

 

ChevernyCheverny stands out as a château in rare architectural unity of style, having been commenced and completed within a 30-year period. Its classical façade and symmetric design reflect the period of Henri IV and Louis XIII. Built in the 17th century with the famous white stones of the nearby Bourré quarries, the château's exterior facades remain unchanged since its construction. Cheverny is also celebrated for its magnificent hounds. A pack of 70 hunting dogs is kept on the castle grounds.
http://www.chateau-cheverny.fr

 

Chenonceau

 
Chenonceau
Built in 1513 and spanning the famous Cher River, Chenonceau's stunning architecture lies in harmony with its spectacular natural surroundings. Enveloped by gardens, forest, and elegant walkways, the château's romantic beauty is forever etched in the Cher's tranquil flowing waters. Owing a large part of its charm and history to the grand dames of France, Chenonceau features five Queen's bedrooms, magnificent furniture, artwork and tapestries.
http://www.chenonceau.com
 

Chaumont

 
ChaumontMajestically overlooking the Loire River, Chaumont was the one-time residence of Catherine de Medici (widow of Henry II), who upon seeking revenge, later forced Diane de Poitiers (Henry II's long-term mistress) to exchange it for Chenonceau. Also home to Jacques-Donatien Le Ray, considered a French "Father of the American Revolution" because of his great admiration of the break-away republic. Today, Chaumont hosts an annual garden festival of international renown.
http://www.chaumont-sur-loire.com
 

Montrichard

 
MontrichardSet alongside the Cher River in the heart of the Loire Valley, only a short drive from Chenoceau, Montrichard is famous for its 11th-century Donjon (castle, or keep) standing prominently upon the plateau that overlooks the village. Further historical significance and interest are the village's two elegant Romanesque churches (Église Ste-Croix and Église de Nanteuil) and the caves of Monmousseau. Colorful shops, restaurants and bars line the central street while the true hidden treasure and highlight of the village are the quaint houses, dwellings and caves that feature the distinct tufa stone architecture of the region.
http://www.montrichard.fr
 

Le Clos-Lucè

 
Le Clos-Luce
This red brick and white stone "Manor House," acquired by Charles VIII in 1490, was made famous by Francois I, a great admirer of artist and scholar Leonardo Da Vinci. Francois invited da Vinci to live there, encouraging him to be "free to think, dream and work." Da Vinci resided there from 1516 until his death in 1519. Today the house hosts a museum of da Vinci's famous inventions as well as beautiful grounds and gardens laid out in Renaissance style.
http://www.vinci-closluce.com
 
 
 

Events

The International Garden Festival at Chaumont

 
Garden FestBeginning in spring and running through autumn, The International Garden Festival at Chaumont features expert gardeners from all over the world showcasing their unique style and creativity based on an annual theme. Blending nature and art together in spectacular colors and style, the festival is a must-see event for garden and outdoor enthusiasts.

The Paris Fashion Show

 
Garden FestThe Paris Fashion Show is a week-long fashion industry event held biannually in January and July. The event is a high-profile showcase for legendary and up-and-coming designers to debut their newest looks and styles, setting the fashion world back on its heels with Haute Couture trends for tomorrow.

Le Tour de France

 
Garden Fest For three weeks in July, France hosts one of the most grueling and spectacular events in all of sports. Cycling through the country's rolling hillsides and spiraling up and down the treacherous mountains of the Pyrennes and Alps, Le Tour de France is a thrilling cultural event not to be missed.

The 24 Hours of Le Mans

 
Garden FestThe 24 Hours of Le Mans is motorsport's oldest and grandest endurance race. Held in June in the Pays de la Loire region of France, the race is considered one of the most severe tests of man and machine. Endurance, skill, technique, and technology are challenged at their highest limits, resulting in massive spectator enthusiasm, support, and admiration.

The Festival de Cannes

 
Garden Fest

Over the years, the French Association of the International Film Festival has been able to evolve, which has contributed to the birth and distribution of films whilst retaining the essential:

» Passion for motion pictures

» Discovery of new talents

» Enthusiasm of festival-goers and professionals from around the world

The Festival de Cannes has always been the reflection of its era: a center for all cultures and hopes, a spring of effervescence and, above all, transmission. Known for defining ambitious and different projects, the festival of Cannes gives the possibility for budding filmmakers to emerge. It is a showcase of talents with respect to all tastes.

The Paris Air Show

 
Garden FestThe Paris Air Show (Salon International de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace, Paris- Le Bourget) is an international trade fair for the aerospace industry. It is held at Le Bourget Airport near Paris, France every other year, alternating both with the Farnborough International Exhibition and Flying Display and the Internationale Luft- und Raumfahrtausstellung Berlin (ILA). The Paris Air Show is a commercial air show, organized by the Groupement des Industries Françaises Aéronautiques et Spatiales (GIFAS) whose main purpose is to demonstrate military and civilian aircraft to potential customers. It is one of the most prestigious in the world. All major international manufacturers, as well as the military forces of several countries, attend the Paris Air Show.

Activities

  » World class cultural tourism
  » Fashionable towns throughout the Loire Valley offer specialty and commercial shopping
  » Hot air balloon rides are a spectacular way to view the breathtaking French countryside
  » Courses around the Loire Valley offer world class golfing
  » World class restaurants offer fine dining all over the French countryside
  » Horseback riding is a great way to experience the exceptional châteaux in the Loire Valley
  » Tennis can take up a beautiful summer afternoon
  » Canoeing and kayaking are activities offered all around the Loire Valley
  » Festivals throughout the year create wonderful destinations for afternoon sightseeing
  » Many nearby beaches offer scenic swimming and recreation during the summer months
  » Great recreational opportunities exist all around The Eur-Am Center, including the adventure rope courses
  » Fishing is just one way to experience the great waters of the Loire