Intimately scaled Loire château with lashings of style

THE SWEEPING MANICURED LAWNS and bucolic parkland of Château de Noizay are a delight. This bijou 16th century manor has plenty of history: it was here that the leader of an anti-monarchist conspiracy was caught plotting in 1560. Fortunately the only conspiracy today is between staff who contrive to ensure guests’ complete enjoyment.

You'll be greeted by Château de Noizay's impressive wood balustrade where knights in shining armour stand guard on either side of a huge stained glass window. Fine antique furniture is polished to a fault, surfaces everywhere glint warmly. Outside, centuries-old trees shade a charming pool with loungers.

Think boudoir. Rooms are exquisitely done out with draped bedheads, floaty fabrics and toile de Jouy bedlinen, vases of lilies, period furniture and garden views. Leaded windows add an extra mellow touch, while marble bathrooms are loaded with bubbly stuff.  Two rooms in a separate building, The Clockhouse, offer nights in scarlet coloured surrounds with high-beamed ceilings, a kingsize four poster, lover’s chest, whirlpool bath and private garden.

Hit the Spot
Between the Loire and the wine town of Vouvray.

Make time for the Clockhouse – a vast four-poster, whirlpool bath and private garden.

Be Savvy
Why not splash out on the package that includes dinner and a helicopter ride over the Loire.

Be Smitten
Lavish living in the Loire.

Local Touraine specialities

Two softly lit dining rooms and a terrace, sunlit by day, offer gastronomy featuring seasonal Touraine specialities matched by excellent Loire wines. Food is well presented on the plate and delivers on the palate.  Enjoy aperitifs and post prandials in the book-lined library, and plot your visits to the nearby Noizay and Vouvray vineyards.

Château de Noizay was reviewed for Room for Romance by Mike North

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Dining in
Gourmet cuisine has found its home in the plush setting of Chateau de Noizay's restaurant with its golden paintwork, wall sconces and ornate mirrors. Your surroundings are however, no match for your meal, which may surprise with inventive tastes such as pan-fried foie gras poêlé with berry lentils and peanut glaze, grilled fillet of duck on cranberry marmalade with a hint of mustard, or a wicked pancake soufflé coated in apple cider toffee and topped off with apple liqueur sorbet.
Dining out
If you feel the need to skip out of the château gates, you won't need to go further than the neighbouring villages of  Vouvray and Montlouis. Tours has a plethora of restaurants just ten minutes away: try the dressy Charles Barrier or  check out the quirky Le Chien Jaune, named after the book by George Simenon.


Château de Noizay

What’s cooking?
Elegant cuisine with a traditional touch.

Dress the part
Smart is sensible.

Top table?
By the fireplace or the window.

See & Do

There is a massive amount to see and do around here. Take a hot air balloon ride over the sumptuous châteaux of the Loire valley, or overtake everyone in a helicopter. Horseback rides are just around the corner, as is an 18 hole golf course. Get wet in a canoe ride down the Loire river, tour some of the region's historic castles, sun yourselves by the outdoor pool, go mountain bike riding in the woods or indulge the professional tennis star in you (or the kid that keeps beating his dad) and play on the hotel's own court. There are some world-class vineyards nearby, as well as the former home of Leonardo Da Vinci. Better get up early.

Amboise, Chinon and Tours have weekly markets packed with local produce. It may not be Paris, but Tours has a good complement of large stores.

After dark
There are no thudding clubs around here, though Tours has plenty of good bars. An evening hot air balloon ride off finished with a glass of local sparkly will be the perfect end to the day.

Join the vignerons of Bourgeuil at Tours for a festival of food and wine tasting.

Route de Chancay, 37210 Noizay

There is free guest parking, and a garage.

Saint-Pierre-des-Corps station – 15km

15 EUR from the train station

Tours – 20km, or Paris Charles de Gaulle – 230km

Rooms and suites
19 rooms

Special features
Rooms come with period furniture, marble bathrooms, plush fabrics and satellite TV.

Stay in the Pavilon de L'Horloge, and you have your own garden too. There's also  an outdoor pool and tennis court.


Rates guide
EUR 145 – 285

Closed 15 January – 15 March


12 midday

Minimum night stay?

Breakfast (charged extra) is served until 11am.

Room service
Yes – from 7am until midnight.

No restrictions.

Dogs are welcome, at EUR 8 a day.

Air conditioning
Yes – in most rooms

French and English

Wedding license?

Your contact
Cécile Williams – general manager



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