Are you dreaming of a romantic dinner by a fireplace or a peaceful walk in the woods ? Only 2 hours away from Paris, Sologne, is the perfect place to stay for a relaxing weekend in the Loire Valley. This region was established by King François I as a royal palace and hunting grounds, centuries ago. It regained its prestige under Napoleon III. It is a great area to explore by bike or horseriding.

My favourite place to stay for a weekend in the Loire Valley

weekend in the loire valley

At the Domaine de la Blonnerie, you will be surrounded by greenery and welcome by the lovely owner. The breakfast is truly delicious, including eggs, cheese, homemade muffins and pain perdu. The place also includes a pool for hot, summer days.

best place to stay loire valley

The fabulous Beauval zoo and its famous pandas

Next to the domaine is the famous Cheverny castle, home to Tintin. 30 minutes away is also the fabulous Beauval zoo, where you can admire monkeys, giant pandas, cockatoos and all kinds of animals.

beauval zoo

Don’t miss the huge Domaine de Chambord, its castle, home of king François 1er, and surprising stairs, which unite but never cross.

chambord castle

The perfect place to stay in the Loire Valley also known as Sologne : 

Le Domaine de la Blonnerie, 1 La Blonnerie, 41120 Feings

My favourite restaurants in Sologne :

La Botte d’Asperges, 52 rue Pierre-Henri Mauger, 41700 Contres 

Le Relais de Sologne, 63 place du 8 Mai, 45240 Ménestreau-en-Villette

If you love castles, there is one you can visit only 1 hour from Paris. All you need to do is spend a day in Chantilly.

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