The luxury of a château hotel amid the châteaux of the Loire Valley By staying at the Château de Noizay, you’re at the heart of the Loire Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On one side are Tours, Saumur and Angers, while on the other are Amboise, Blois and Orléans. Our 4-star hotel and gourmet restaurant are located in Noizay in the department of Indre-et-Loire, right amid the Vouvray vineyards and five minutes from the banks of the Loire. Noizay and its château have seen all of French history, notably with the Amboise conspiracy of 1560 when Huguenots tried to seize power from the Catholic monarchy. This makes it the ideal destination from which to discover the châteaux of the Loire Valley. The village of Noizay abounds with architectural treasures and has managed to preserve its local heritage well. Round the bends of the roads and paths, semi-hidden by high walls and covered in rich foliage, you can admire towers, gables and mullioned windows of noble mansions and châteaux. There’s the Haute Bretonnière (neo-Gothic mansion built in 1848); Anzan, of which an angled tour remains; the Grand Coteau (mansion bought in 1927 by composer Francis Poulenc, who wrote a good number of his works here); the Petit Coteau which offers an insight into the 16th century; the Château de la Roche de Cestre which contains a central block from the end of the 18th century; the Château de Monaville (the imitation of the 16th century part of the Château de Noizay is evident); and Rocfort, a large hilltop house from the end of Louis XV’s reign. If you love walking, you’ll be in heaven with the number of footpaths weaving through woods and vineyards. There are also the two routes specially marked by the municipality and approved by the department’s walking council. Enjoy a 13 km route between vineyards and hills (marked blue) and a 16 km route across the plateau and by the Varenne (marked yellow).