Château de Marçay
What We Love
- A gorgeous Loire Valley château with its own vineyard, truffle plot and heated outdoor pool Staying in a UNESCO World Heritage Site rich in history and culture
- Taking time to explore the Château's vineyards
- Setting off to visit the Loire's many beautiful castles and their gardens
What To Know
- All 22 spacious guestrooms are done up in Haute Epoque decor
- The 15th-century converted chateau is pet-friendly
- In low season – November through March – the hotel and restaurant are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays
Set in the Loire Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site peppered with lovingly cared for castles and vineyards, Château de Marçay brings nature lovers into the heart of a French region celebrated for its excellent wine and most scenic, fairytale landscape.
The Château itself is a four-star 15th-century gem that you’ll be eager to explore. A charming property with its own park, vineyard, kitchen garden and truffle plot, it serves delightful local dishes in its refined restaurant and – of course – its wine cellar is stocked to the brim with the Loire Valley’s best.
How to Get There
We are a couple in our 30s and stayed in the main part of the chateaux for 2 nights. The room and bathroom were ample sized and the fan kept us cool (but no aircon I could find). The idyllic surroundings make this place peaceful and quiet. The pool is heated to a perfect ‘cooling’ off temperature from sunbathing and also offers a view of the valley and Marçay itself. It was often quiet so we had it to ourselves. The staff were incredibly friendly and helpful. They suggested a garage for our car that needed fixing and the restaurant accommodated our eating habits. We are vegetarian and I am pregnant but they went out their way to prove things without raw eggs and soft cheese, which is difficult in France! We are ‘foodies’ and I was really impressed with the local, creative ingredients and menu in general. Everything we had was delicious and explained upon serving. The grounds are big enough to go for a gentle stroll to dogest or eat your own picnic in the shade, play tennis or pétanque. We hope to come back!
There’s something off about this place. The food is really dreadful. Others have written about the limited menu and about the long waits. It’s true and the wait was really peculiar, about 45 minutes between soup and main course for us. But what drove me most to write a review was the indifferently cooked vegetables, unseasoned fish and rock hard chips of bacon garnish. Only go here after you make sure it’s back on track.
I stayed at this Château during a cycling holiday of Loire valley and loved it. It is a beautiful Château with lovely rooms. Check in was easy and the staff are lovely. I had also booked dinner at the restaurant and the food was delicious and service were fantastic.
As soon as I arrived I also made use of the pool after a long day of cycling it was a welcome relief to sore legs.