Chateau de Marcay - 4 Stars
Route de Marcay,
Property Style: 15th Century Chateau
Among the beautiful castle that bloom in the Loire Valley, Marcay is a place that fosters attaching the art of living on the land that Rabelais liked to call `the garden of France`. Its restoration preserves the original architectural features of this beautiful edifice of the 15th century, where today`s comfort blends harmoniously decorated in wood paneling. In addiction, the bedrooms open walk-in on a private meadow. The wooded area reveals the happiness of a pool, a truffle and a stunning garden that inspired the chef, very committed to the development of products of its soil.
The Val-de-Loire is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This 15th century chateau is built on the ruins of an 11th century fortress. Different families have lived in this domain, which included numerous farms devoted to rearing livestock and wine production. It was a safe fortress where the peasants took refuge to protect themselves from the soldiers who scoured the region.
The successive owners and legacies parceled out this immense domain, hence all that is left is the Chateau and its outbuildings, a park planted with trees, vines and land over a surface area of 15 hectares. The whole forms an island of greenery in the Chinon countryside, developed into a hotel and restaurant which opened to the public in 1973. The Director of the establishment is Bernard Beteille, the Owner is Philippe Mollard and the hotel`s chef is Christophe Canati.
Since the kings of France chose Val-de-Loire as their holiday destination, the best gastronomic produce that the country has to offer has been transported to the beautiful Touraine. Fish from the coasts, meat and poultry from the regions, and all the fruit and vegetables grown along the Loire in land rich in alluvia have contributed the region`s reputation as `the garden of France`. To take advantage of the benefits of the land even more, the Chateau have created an orchard and a kitchen garden. This winter, they were fortunate enough to dig up the first truffles, and they are waiting impatiently to be able to share their benefits with the customers through tastings and cookery lessons. The classes are organised at the restaurant La Table de Marcay with a theme for each season. The Head Chef, Christophe Canati, will reveal his tricks and hand-turns while you prepare yourselves seasonal recipes which you will taste all together.
The large wine cellar is set 12 yards under the chateau; it was dug to extract the freestone which was used in constructing the buildings.
By Car: A10, Saumur exit (24), follow Chinon, then D116, village of Marcay.
By Train: Chinon Station 15 min, Tours TGV Station 45 min from the station, take a taxi or rent a car from Avis/Hertz/Europcar
By Air: Tours Airport 45 minutes in Saint Symphorien (36 miles), Nantes Atlantique Airport(99 miles).
NEAR PLACES: Chinon: 4.2 miles; Tours: 30 miles; Saumur: 21 miles; Tours Saint Symphorien Airport: 30 miles; Chinon Train station: 4.2 miles; TGV St Pierre des Corps Train station: 30.6 miles; Tourist attraction: Azay le Rideau: 20.4 miles, Rigny Usse: 15 miles, Villandry: 24 miles, Montsoreau: 12 miles, Chenonceau: 49.2 miles and Abbaye de Fontevraud: 13.8 miles.
The Chateau of Marcay today counts 26 rooms and 7 in the Vine Pavilion. Some have a view on the park, others on the main courtyard. The rooms of the chateau and its wing have been decorated in a `haute epoque` style. Rooms in the Pavillon des Vignes are located on the ground and first floors of one of the dependencies of the chateau. They are facing the vineyards; their private and quiet environment makes them a place where families with children can play safely. The en-suite guestrooms offers air conditioning, TV, direct dial phone and internet.
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