A 3km (1.75 miles) drive from the Château de Chaumont, this is one of the finest château-hotels on the eastern Loire circuit. Perched on the north side of the Loire, this estate house was built by the owner of a Paris-based newspaper in 1840. He referred to it as his “hunting lodge,” much in the lines of Louis XIII and his grand Versailles. Rooms are decorated in Louis Philippe or Empire style, each with its own individual touches such as vintage tiles or rustic wooden beams. Most are quite large; though those in the half-timbered annex that was originally the stables are less coveted. After your busy day of castle-hopping, enjoy a tranquil sunset stroll through the estate’s sprawling park or pamper yourself in the new Clarins spa.

Its Michelin-two-starred restaurant is definitely a highlight. The creative menu may offer red mullet with grilled artichokes and smoked marrow or the decadent wild boar with truffle cream and quince purée. Main courses range from 56€ to 70€, with fixed-price menus ranging from 85€ to 165€ and a vegetarian menu at 75€. The hotel has recently added a new modern “Bistrot” for those looking for a more casual, though equally delicious, meal in the area.