Loire Valley B&B Recommendation

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Feb 22nd, 2009, 11:09 AM
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Loire Valley B&B Recommendation

My husband and I will be in the Loire Valley in early May for 3 nights. We are hoping to do lots of walking, cycling, wine tasting and visiting chateaux. In an ideal situation, we could take the train to a town from Paris, and then spend each day walking from one B&B to another one, stopping to wine taste and visit chateaux as we go. Does anyone have any recommendations? Our budget is less than 100, unless it is an absolutely amazing place, at which point we could probably stretch the budget a bit.

Thanks in advance for any advice!
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Feb 22nd, 2009, 11:16 AM
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If your budget is less than 100 for just the B&B, you should have no problems. Check Gites de France (http://www.gites-de-france.com/gites/uk/bed_breakfasts#)
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Feb 22nd, 2009, 11:28 AM
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Last September we stayed at "La Roseraie" in Chenonceaux and really enjoyed it. Our room was rather small but very pretty and the hosts were so helpful in planning our touring of the area. We paid 68E a night. Breakfast was extra. They have a wonderful restaurant on the main floor and we ate there two nights, the food was so wonderful........in fact, our best meal on our trip to France. Half board might be a good idea. It is walking distance to the Chenoncau Chateau and there is a jogging path along the river. They have excellent reviews on tripadvisor. If you reserve it, be sure it is this one, rather than another one of the same name in another town. (We made that mistake, initially).
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Feb 22nd, 2009, 11:30 AM
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Um - I think you need to have a look at the map of the Loire, how large it is and how far apart the chateaux are. Most are either in very small towns or out in the countryside. And if you walked from one B&B to another - you wouldn't get near any of the chateaux - or have time to visit them. To see much you really need to rent a car to get from one small town to another (public transit is few and far between except for a couple of larger towns - as in one bus per day in each direction).

You can join van tours that "cover" a couple of chateaux per day - but they generally leave from the larger towns.
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Feb 22nd, 2009, 11:38 AM
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We enjoyed our 4 nights here and highly recommend it...
http://www.lagrangebleue.com/

With those distances, I question the idea of 'walking from one B&B to another one' - cycling would be more feasible. But there's plenty of walking and cycling opportunities from one base location. And that's why we chose this B&B.
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