Fodor's Expert Review Le Bon Laboureur
6 rue du Dr-Bretonneau, Chenonceaux, Centre-Val de Loire, 37150, France Fodor's Choice
In 1882 this ivy-covered inn won Henry James's praise, and, thanks to four generations of the Jeudi family, the author might be even more impressed today—this remains one of the Loire's most wonderful auberges, with guest rooms enchantingly accented in toile de Jouy fabrics and Redouté pink-and-blue pastels. Rooms in the main house are comfortably sized (a few overlook the main street—avoid these if you are a light sleeper); those in the former stables are larger (some overlook a pert vegetable garden) and more renovated; but our favorites are the quaint quarters in the separate patio house near the terrace. Bag a table in the "old" dining room (not the more modern ones), where the wood-beam ceiling, glazed terra-cotta walls, and Louis XVI chairs are almost as elegant as chef Antoine Jeudi's entrées.
- charming decor
- outstanding food
- small bathrooms
- some rooms overlook busy road
Rate Includes: Closed 1st wk of Jan.–mid-Feb., No meals