Luxury hotel holiday Chateau de Marcay Loire Valley

The Chateau de Marcay near Chinon in the Loire Valley provides an excellent centre for both exploring and relaxing. With its origins in the 12th century, this 4-star chateau-hotel, built of white-blond stone, with 28 rooms offers atmospheric accommodation in a charming location, with a Michelin-starred restaurant and extensive lawns and gardens with an outdoor pool. Chinon is about 12 minutes by car and has a range of shops and restaurants.
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on bed and breakfast
  • Eurotunnel or ferry crossing if self-drive
  • Flights and hire of a group A car if fly-drive
  • Rail and hire of a group A car if rail-drive
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints
  • Optional room, car and flight upgrades. Details on request

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Chateau de Marcay, near Chinon

The Château de Marçay is an exclusive 4-star château-hotel in beautiful natural surroundings. The excellent cuisine and luxury accommodation nestled amongst a 5-hectare park make this an enchanting experience.

Facts in brief

Official star rating 4

Location In the countryside about 10-minutes' drive south of Chinon

Annual opening Open all year except from 4 January to 4 February and from 15 February to 3 March

Closest airport Tours

Distance from airport About 45 minutes by car

Hotel facilities and services

Michelin-starred restaurant, Outdoor heated swimming pool, Tennis, Petanque, Cycles for hire, Parking, Lift, Massages, 15 hectares of parkland, Vineyard, Bowls area, Orchard, Wine cellar, Terrace, Excursions on quad bikes or horseback or canoeing can be arranged.

Out and about nearby

Markets in Chinon (Thursdays) and Saumur (Saturdays), Summer festivals in Chinon, Vineyards and wine-tasting, Chateaux of the Loire, Troglodyte caves.

Sports nearby

Golf, Riding, Ballooning, Fishing, Canoeing.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Standard room in the Pavillon des Vignes for 7 nights

From about

£1,050

Holiday Code FE30

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Chateau de Marcay, near Chinon

The Château de Marçay near Chinon is a superb four-star château hotel, built in the white-blond stone typical of many of the châteaux of Touraine, and situated amidst fields and orchards about 10 minutes' drive south of the mediaeval fortress town of Chinon. The hotel is absolutely enchanting both in terms of its breathtaking secluded and natural location and the quality of accommodation it offers. The Château de Marçay originally dates from the 12th Century, although the main building is in fact 15th Century. During a painstaking renovation programme, it became a hotel in 1971. The Château de Marçay enjoys a splendidly tranquil and rural setting in its own grassy parkland, with views onto the cornfields, sunflower fields and vineyards around it, while in the distance you can see rooftops of a local village. There are extensive lawns and terraces to the rear of the hotel where drinks are served in fine weather and there is also an outdoor swimming pool and tennis court. The interior of the Château de Marçay is spacious, serene and charmingly furnished. There are two very comfortable lounges where open fires roar in the winter under a blond stone chimney, a TV lounge, a bar and of course the restaurant. The elegant Michelin-starred restaurant is divided into two rooms, one decorated in hues of pink and the other in shades of blue. Rich fabrics complement the white stone walls and the dark timbers of the ceiling. The 30 bedrooms at the Château de Marçay vary enormously in size and location: some very spacious ones are in the main château itself and some are located in a wing of the chateau on two floors (these are more recent but offer a marvellous combination of stone, beams, terracotta floors and extremely comfortable furnishings). All rooms have private bath or shower and wc, telephone and television, and there is a lift to three floors in the main building of the Château de Marçay.

Room descriptions

Chateau de Marcay has 28 rooms

Standard room located in 'Pavillon des Vignes'
Standard room located in the Chateau and west wing
Superior room located in the Chateau and west wing
Salon room located in 'Pavillon des Vignes'
Salon room located in the Chateau and west wing

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Standard room in the Pavillon des Vignes for 7 nights

From about

£1,050

Holiday Code FE30

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Chateau de Marcay, near Chinon

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to Le Chateau de Marcay, our clients usually arrive in their own car on a self-drive holiday, either to visit the hotel in its own right or as part of a multi-centre touring holiday. We include a Eurotunnel crossing or a ferry crossing, depending on what you would like to do and what is most appropriate to your overall journey. It is also possible to visit the region of the Loire Valley by flying to Paris, Tours or Nantes or by taking the Eurostar to Paris or Lille and then TGV to Tours, and then hiring a car. We will arrange this for you.

Additional information

Children: Children are welcome. Children's menus are available for ages 11 and under for lunch and dinner and are charged at a reduced rate.

Other information: The restaurant is closed Sunday evenings, Mondays all day and Tuesday lunchtimes from mid November to Easter, and closed for lunch on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from Easter to mid November. The pool is open seasonally. Pets are welcome at a charge.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Standard room in the Pavillon des Vignes for 7 nights

From about

£1,050

Holiday Code FE30

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Chateau de Marcay, near Chinon

About Loire Valley

An Expressions tailor-made holiday to the Loire Valley offers travellers a chance to explore this magnificent region, known as the `Garden of France`, traditionally the hunting grounds of the Kings of France, is renowned for its gentle countryside, vineyards, forests, rivers and numerous chateaux. At the centre of this region are the regal river Loire and its numerous tributaries, attractive historic towns and cathedral cities such as Tours, Blois and Chinon and of course the chateaux. The chateaux range from vast palaces to fortresses, from mediaeval strongholds to Renaissance delights and include the well-known ones of Chenonceaux, Chambord, Villandry and pretty Azay le Rideau. The vineyards offer great variety from sparkling Vouvray to the reds of Chinon and Bourgueil. Our `Loire Valley` covers the central region of Touraine and the more westerly region of Anjou as well as taking in a more southern part that extends towards Poitiers. The visitor to the Loire Valley is embraced by seemingly endless amusements whatever the time of year, enticing for longer stays and so well situated for overnight stops or short breaks. It is very easy to reach the Loire Valley by train, combining a holiday here with a visit to Bordeaux. Alternatively, a self-drive holiday to the Loire Valley is an excellent option, allowing you to explore the region's Chateaux by car or to combine a stay in the region with a holiday to the Dordogne region and Normandy.

Highlights of the Loire Valley

Cultural highlights include wines and wine vinegars, wild mushrooms - (visit the mushroom museum), the Troglodyte caves, and local art exhibitions.

Festivals in the Loire Valley

Son et Lumiere in the chateaux in the summer months. Summer festival in Chinon in August.

Climate of the Loire Valley

Average air temperatures in Centigrade: Jan: 7.8, Feb: 6.8, Mar: 10.3, Apr: 16.1, May: 16.4, Jun: 23.6, Jul: 25.8, Aug: 24.5, Sep: 21.1, Oct: 16.2, Nov: 11.2, Dec: 7.0. Source: Direction de la Meteorologique de France.

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