Fodor's Expert Review Auberge du 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; those in the former stables are larger (some overlook a spacious kitchen garden) and more recently renovated, but the best rooms are the quaint quarters in the separate patio cottage near the terrace. Guests are encouraged to relax among the roses in several charming garden areas or lounge around the outdoor heated pool. After an apéro on the garden terrace, settle in at a table in the "old" dining room for one of the best gastronomic meals around, 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
  • Historic atmosphere


  • Small bathrooms
  • Some rooms overlook busy road
  • Service can be indifferent


Pet Friendly


Phones: 02–47–23–90–02


27 rooms
Rate Includes: Closed 1st wk of Jan.–mid-Feb., Free Breakfast

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