French national treasure opens as luxury hotel in the Loire Valley

Former guests include Voltaire, Mozart and Rousseau

Hotel Château in the French village of Le Grand-Lucé has opened, raising the bar in luxury, bringing sophistication and a cosmopolitan je ne sais quoi to the Loire Valley. The former country home of the Baron Jacques Pineau de Viennay, the Château has been returned to its 18th-century splendour after a careful private restoration under the guidance of the French government.

One of the finest remaining examples of French neoclassical architecture, the Château offers elevated French style and elegance.  The 4,180-square-metre Hotel Château features 17 rooms and suites, a ballroom, the authentic French restaurant Le Lucé, a bar, spa and fitness salon, an outdoor pool and classic French gardens.

“Voltaire, Mozart, Diderot and Rousseau were guests at the Château, and I’m humbled when I look out from their rooms to the same panorama,” said CEO and Founder Marcy Holthus.

“I’m looking forward to sharing this celebrated historic property with discerning travelers
seeking an unrivaled, authentic experience in one of the most beautiful settings in France.”

In 1760, Baron Jacques Pineau de Viennay instructed architect Mathieu de Bayeux to construct a summer palace on the site of the Baron’s medieval castle with the most au courant in design to represent the pinnacle of 18th-century extravagance. Numerous statues commissioned by King Louis XV, exact replicas of statues at Versailles, were placed on the Château grounds as a gift to the Baron. In 1764, the Château du Grand-Lucé was completed. Today, the property offers a stunning representation of classicism and modernity.

Hotel Château features 17 guest rooms, including two apartments complete with private kitchens and living spaces; all designed in homage to the style, luxury and splendour first favoured by Pineau de Viennay. Each room is complemented using an abundance of the historic French brand Buly 1803 and their bath and beauty products.

The property comfortably sleeps 36 – 42 adults and nearly all rooms and suites allow ample space for an additional single or child’s cot to be added. Inspired by the gardens of Versailles, the Château’s private grounds and gardens are a brilliant example of order and symmetry with near perfect structure.

Le Grand-Lucé is in the northern Loire Valley, a 55-minute train ride from Paris.

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