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Synonymous with the motor trade, the ancient fortified centre of Le Mans' Cité Plantagenêt is surrounded by the greatest Roman wall in France. Le Mans is crowned by the Gothic Cathédrale St-Julien.
Renowned for its sumptuous châteaux, the glorious, lush valley of the Loire, an UNESCO World Heritage Site, is teeming with history and architecture. Sophisticated cities, including France's fomer intellectual capital, Orléans, breathtaking landscapes and magnificent food and wine make the Loire Valley a paradisical destination.
The lush landscape of the Loire Valley is studded with France's great châteaux - if time is limited, vist three of the most splendid , beautiful Chenonceau, privately owned Château de Cheverny and, perhaps most magnificent of them all, the Château de Chambord. Explore some of the wonderful vineyards that run along the valley - Bourgueil, Chinon, Muscadent, Saumur and Vouvray.
We've hand-picked the very best boutique and luxury bed and breakfasts in Europe to bring you our collection of stylish romantic retreats. Find your perfect bed and breakfast and get the low-down on all the things you can do and places you can visit whilst you are there. Choose from an exclusive collection of boutique hotels, boutique bed and breakfasts, chambre d'hôtes du charme and exclusive homestays, all fabulous places to stay in the Loire Valley.