Château de Beauvois
Winding, quintessential French country roads lead to this beautiful spot, and there is truly a great deal to take in along the way, even before entering the property. Located in Touraine—named the “Garden of France”—the beauty of the Loire Valley area is truly worth exploring. Upon arriving, a stunning, postcard-like scene of rolling hills and an upward view of the château, which sits amongst gravel surrounds and grand, while sweeping trees, elegant gardens, and graceful gestures of land sets the scene, and creates an enchanting entrance.
A unique shape unto itself, the four-star boutique hotel has been transformed over the years, with its original building now surrounded by two newer structures. A few notable points of history begin back in the centuries long ago, (as seen by its Renaissance tower) and was known to be a favorite hunting spot for Louis XIII (with a telltale sign of the restaurant’s namesake). It was later taken over by Duke Charles Albert de Luynes in 1619, and today, has been bought by La Grande Maison Younan Collection in 2016.
A circular driveway leads to a long corridor-style entrance which greets guests, lit with glistening chandeliers, rich textures, and ornate furnishings —all wonderfully lending to a truly ‘chateau’ look and feel, in which every surface offers grandeur and polish. Cabinetry lining the entrance contains collectible Limoges pieces and busts, and while others, tucked on the side hallways, showcase incredible jewelry collections.
We stayed on the main floor (though a relief and perhaps a request if luggage is to be on the heavier side). It was also refreshing due to the cavernous stone that coves and creates a certain level of coolness—particularly as the day we arrived was especially warm. The hotel is filled with grand rooms, even the smallest amongst them, with tall ceilings, and within that standard, not a single view that was sub-par. Our room was filled with floral fabrics and some wonderful, period touches, windows that opened into the front of the chateau, with wandering roses in the most velvety apricot, almost within reach. It feels almost as if one has stepped back in time.
We wandered up the quaint staircases, creaking slightly as they do, tucked under beams, and explored the upper levels of the chateau, where we discovered a continuation of beautiful artwork (namely, of strong characters within French history, including Marie Antoinette), as well as the remaining rooms and suites.
The main floor hosts a number of different spaces for guests to freely use, to lounge, to dine, to congregate. A famed restaurant, dappled in pale blue and yellow, a touch of the French countryside, invites guests to enjoy beautiful, fine cuisine. Chef Régis Guilpain with has a particular connection with the chateau, having worked there as a clerk years ago, and also, produces impeccable dishes with the use of as many local ingredients as possible—from seasonal vegetables and local truffles to rillettes, fish and even game.
Breakfast is served in a very grand space, or out on the terrace, in fine weather. The Briffaut dining room offers a very large selection of breakfast foods in a buffet style—whether one desires freshly squeezed orange juice and coffee, alongside eggs and sausage, pastry or even French yogurts. The space is comforting, open and offers the loveliest views of the terrace and park. The perfect spot to linger a little longer.
Back into the more central area of the chateau offers a bar area and adjoining lounges, "Richelieu" and "Anne of Austria”, all with well-appointed touches, as designed by architect Mathieu Michaud. Perfect areas for an aperitif before dining, a spot to read in, or enjoy a lovely conversation. Rich textures and tones create a very regal look and feel in these rooms. Guests may also enjoy tastes of Loire wines in the castle's troglodyte vaulted cellar as well.
Outside, there is a tennis court and not far, a gorgeous pool that is perfectly positioned down the hill offers a refreshing swim and view of the countryside as well as the chateau. To the left, a helicopter landing pad, if that is the transportation of choice (and quite possibly the very best for views). Wonderfully peaceful, and incredibly elegant, it is truly a lovely, lovely escape whether planning a destination wedding (one was occurring during our visit) or to vacation…
Featured: Château de Beauvois, at Chateau-hotel Domaine de Beauvois, Route de Beauvois, 37230 Saint-Etienne-de-Chigny - Touraine, France