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Last updated: 15 November, 2022
Expert travel writer: Anna Brooke

Sitting in gardens at the end of a long avenue, south of Chinon, Marcay provides a perfect combination of countryside calm and authentic chateau splendour, with crenellated towers and ancient stone walls straight out of a fairytale.

The 33 rooms are split between the 15th-century chateau itself and an attractive converted pavilion.

The hotel is a true gourmet stop, with a great restaurant, kitchen garden and truffle plantation, alongside its own vineyard. They organise tours of their wine cellars and wine tastings every evening, and can also help organise visits to other nearby vineyards.

Surrounding area

The hotel is situated in peaceful farmland 8km from the historic town and castle of Chinon, offering blissful seclusion, and with bars and bistros nearby.

Other nearby attractions include Azay-le-Rideau, Fontevraud, the Château d’Usse, and La Deviniere, the 15th-century house where the writer Rabelais was born.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Parking: On-site (free)
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

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Landscape view of Chinon Fortress on a rocky spur during a summery blue day

Royal Fortress of Chinon

Chinon, Centre-Val de Loire, France[7.6 miles]

A dramatically-sited fortress-chateau, with a fascinating royal history. Joan of Arc came in 1429 to persuade the Dauphine Charles to go to Reims to be crowned.

Best for ages: 18+ | £9

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Outside low angle view of the front building and entrance on a summer's blue day

Royal Abbey of Fontevraud

Saumur, Pays de la Loire, France[15.3 miles]

Travel back to the Middle Ages in this vast monastic complex and splendid Romanesque church. It’s home to the sculpted tombs of Henry II of England, Eleanor of Aquitaine and Richard the Lionheart.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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stall selling bric-a-brac at the weekend flea market in the city center.

Montsoreau Flea Market

Montsoreau, Pays de la Loire, France[17.7 miles]

Seek out bargains at this riverside fleamarket held on the second Sunday of each month at Montsoreau. Old books, trinkets, lace, furniture and more.

Best for ages: 13+ | Free

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