Discover countryside hotels and rural retreats in the Loire Valley, France

Could the Loire Valley be heaven on earth? The mediaeval monarchs certainly thought so, treating the rich countryside as their pastoral playground. Sun-kissed vineyards have earned the region respect as a stellar wine producer, and the local restaurants turn out memorable meals: grilled sardines, andouille sausage, coarse rillettes, and similar seducers. Having unwrapped some of the area’s obvious charms, we’ll hint at some of its secrets: mysterious caves, artistic fans, and see-to-believe tapestries…