Les Sources de Cheverny is a destination hotel and a rural estate focused on excellent food and wellness, perfectly positioned as a tranquil place to relax and unwind in the celebrated Loire Valley.
Les Sources de Cheverny can be found at the end of a long path winding through a mature forest bordering a narrow country road. This sets the scene for a rustic escape. And yet, the hotel at the heart of the estate does not compromise on any luxuries.
Loire Valley owns its popularity to grand castles and rural palaces, so essential to the experience of France. Typically, these chateaux stand amidst the sprawling countryside in the valley, frequently punctured by vineyards and buffered by thick forests. The region’s proximity to Paris makes it a must-visit on many an itinerary.
So was the case for us. And what’s better than to start with a 49-room, wine-producing country manor located less than a two-hour drive from Paris? Enter Les Sources de Cheverny.
The area is famed for quality wine, and de Cheverny builds parts of its identity around winemaking. The estate’s winery produces a wine vintage, while the large hotel spa taps into the themes and flavors of grapes.
The spa promises to unlock the antioxidizing secrets of grapes through innovative massages and wellbeing experiences. The treatment menu is extensive, while the health facilities include indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a hammam, and a gym. Pilates, yoga, and fitness classes are also available.
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Chateau rooms, wooden chalets
The hotel sits on a 110-acre estate of forest and fields, with a large manor house at the center. It houses the spa and several “castle” rooms. These are furnished with antique-market pieces, brightened up by colorful rugs, and decorated with cute framed pictures.
Other than the manor rooms, the property also offers luxury chalets — one of which we stayed in. It’s a clever idea. The old chateau rooms can offer a ton of charm, but they don’t render themselves well to the style of modern luxury abodes. But the purpose-built chalets? You bet. Our suite was located on the shore of a small pond, and it was as spacious and comfortable as it was elegant.
For the palate
The L’Auberge restaurant, resembling a barn with an open fire, offers culinary experiences based on the local produce from the fields and forests of the Loire Valley. It’s mostly comfort food, perfectly fitting the rustic character of the place. There is also a bar — make sure to try the produced-on-site house wine, La Grand’Vigne white vintage made from Romorantin, one of the rarest varieties of white grape.