Chinon self-catering holiday accommodation is set in the scenic Loire Valley region, known for its viticulture, beautiful countryside and numerous historic chateaux. In fact Chinon holiday gites are found in a town that is dominated by the beautiful Chateau Chinon, a real piece of French and British history. Henry Plantagenet resided here for a period, and it is believed that Richard the Lionheart died here, while Joan of Arc was granted a decisive audience with Charles the VII at this very building in the 1429. Inside the museum you can learn more about the 100 years war and view an interesting collection of artefacts. This famous chateau is a must-see for anyone staying at a Chinon holiday cottage. Just a few kilometres from Chinon self-catering villas is the quaint village of Candes-Saint-Martin, which is rated as one of the most beautiful villages in the country. It is found at the confluence of the rivers Loire and Vienne, and boasts a wealth of historic buildings, like the chapel, which dates back to the 1100s. You’ll find that there are countless options for days out at a villa in Chinon – the region’s chateax are a popular choice, with the most famous being found at Blois, Amboise, Chenonceau and Villandry. Chateau de Villandry is about half an hour from self-catering holiday rentals in Chinon, and is celebrated for its spectacular gardens. Further east, past the city of Tours, is the 16th Century Chateau de Chenonceau, which sits across the Cher River on the site of a former mill.
Weather At an Indre-Loire cottage you’ll most likely experience warm, sunny weather in the summer months, in a region that produces some of France’s best wine growing conditions. This means that winters are generally cool and wet as well.
Best Time to Visit The most popular historical sites in the region around Indre-Loire self-catering accommodation can get quite busy at the height of summer, so it might be worth arriving here in spring, when the countryside is particularly beautiful.
Reaching Chinon Tours Airport (TUF) is about a half hour from Chinon self-catering gites, villas and cottages and is the main hub for the region.