France: Loire Valley

West of Tours and Saumur

The wines of Chinon, Bourgueil and Saumur
By Jim Budd

This Guide was last updated on 19 April 2011
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Château de Marçay

Address: Route de Marçay D116, 37500 Chinon
Tel: 02 47 93 03 47  Fax: 02 47 93 45 33
Email: marcay@relaischâ
Geo-coordinates:  Latitude: 47:9:58N (47.16608)    Longitude: 0:14:17E (0.23808) 

Only 9km from Chinon, this luxurious château-hotel is well placed for visiting the vineyards. The 12th century fortress was remodelled in the 15th century and became part of the Relais and Châteaux hotel group in 1976. The 32 rooms vary in size and some are in an annexe, but all have period furniture and are well equipped. There is a decent-sized swimming pool and a large, shady park. The gastronomic restaurant has an extensive wine cellar. Cookery classes also offered.

Useful information: Rooms: €100-€290; breakfast: €22. Menus: €25 (weekday lunch)-€98. Restaurant closed Sunday evenings, all day Mondays and in October-April also closed lunchtimes on Tuesday.

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