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Secret Hotels of the Loire Valley

By , Tuesday, May 19, 2009, 12:00 AM

Source Article: Secret Hotels of the Loire Valley

A 15th-century castle rising over the Loire River in Chaumont-sur-Loire. (Jörg Brockmann)

CHINON
Hôtel Diderot
, which dates to the 1400s. (Jörg Brockmann)

Fresh jams fill a cabinet at Hôtel Diderot. (Jörg Brockmann)

Room 10 at Hôtel Diderot. (Jörg Brockmann)

THÉSÉE
Le Moulin de la Renne
, a former mill. (Jörg Brockmann)

Alpha greeting guests at Le Moulin de la Renne. (Jörg Brockmann)

François Duguet, father of vintner Claude Duguet, of Le Chai des Varennes, on his way to Le Moulin de la Renne. (Jörg Brockmann)

Le Moulin de la Renne sits on the banks of the Cher River. (Jörg Brockmann)

CIVRAY-DE-TOURAINE
Details like floral fabrics accent the 12 individually designed rooms at Château de l'Isle. (Jörg Brockmann)

The lobby area at Château de l'Isle. (Jörg Brockmann)

The grounds at Château de l'Isle. (Jörg Brockmann)

The kitchen garden at Château de l'Isle supplies produce for some of chef Fabrice Cherioux's breakfast treats. (Jörg Brockmann)

CHENONCEAUX
The bar at La Roseraie, an inn where Harry Truman stayed after World War II. (Jörg Brockmann)

La Roseraie is a historic 18-room hotel in Chenonceaux. (Jörg Brockmann)

AMBOISE
Le Clos d'Amboise
's private garden. (Jörg Brockmann)

The breakfast room at Le Clos d'Amboise. (Jörg Brockmann)

A room at Le Clos d'Amboise, with a mahogany bed. (Jörg Brockmann)

Le Clos d'Amboise is in the heart of the old market center of Amboise. (Jörg Brockmann)

LIMERAY
Auberge de Launay
, in an old farmstead. (Jörg Brockmann)

Auberge de Launay sits in the secluded hamlet of Limeray. (Jörg Brockmann)

ONZAIN
The 14-room Château des Tertres is mentioned in The Lover, Marguerite Duras's famous novel. (Jörg Brockmann)

A common room at Château des Tertres, furnished with 19th-century pieces. (Jörg Brockmann)

Château des Tertres's annex room was decorated by the owner. (Jörg Brockmann)

CHITENAY
Dining alfresco at Auberge du Centre. (Jörg Brockmann)

The main sitting room at Auberge du Centre. (Jörg Brockmann)

A guest room at Auberge du Centre. (Jörg Brockmann)