A short ceremony will be held in the castle gardens with the reception to follow on-site. The Castle will be closed to the public from 7pm and will be open to our guests to tour.
Visit the castle on the web: Chenonceau
Our rehearsal dinner will take place at the Chateau de Nitray, an authentic Touraine castle and vinyard. We will take a guided tour of the castle, learn about the wine making process and enjoy a guided wine tasting, before eating a rustic and hearty French feast.
We invite our guests to stay in the neighboring town of Amboise, which offers increased amenities and accessibility. Amboise can be reached by train direct from Paris in about 1.5 hours, and is a great base from which to explore the many castles of the Loire Valley, including the Chateau d'Amboise and Clos Luce, which are within walking distance from the hotels below.
We have selected 3 hotels at various price points for our guests which are all in a 3 block radius. Our wedding falls on a holiday weekend so we encourage our guests to book their accommodations as soon as possible.
+33 2 47 57 14 46
An economical option, with simple but adequate rooms starting at 54 euros a night (using promo code Renee2018). Please note this hotel does not have A/C, although, temperatures in the Loire Valley mid-may are usually quite mild and so it shouldn't be necessary.
***To receive a discount, reservations must be made on their website using promo code Renee2018***
***la réduction n'est valable que si la réservation est faite sur leur site http://hotel-chaptal.com/ ***
+33 2 47 23 22 41
***Currently Sold out for May 18-20th***
The perfect no frills option: fully renovated in 2016, Le Blason offers small, simple rooms with modern baths, air conditioning, and very affordable rates.
72€ Single/Double room, 85€ Triple, 95€ Quad
We have reserved 7 rooms, please email the property to make your reservation by mentioning the Robertson/Bathon wedding. (They speak English)
33 2 47 30 10 20
***Only one room available - I reserved the last room they had available, which is a Family Superior room, with a double bed and a pull out sofa.(Sleeps 4) at 209 €/night. Please contact me if you would like this room. ***
This sumptuous 17th century house has been converted into a boutique hotel, offering rooms that are each uniquely decorated and feature fine antique furnishings.
Room rates vary depending on room type, starting at 169€ (approx. $200 USD)
+33 2 47 57 53 84
I am very excited to offer another lodging option, which is located in between the other accommodations suggested.
Stay like modern royalty at Au Charme Rabelaisien. After closing for extensive renovations, this 18th century mansion has reopened as a 4 star luxury boutique hotel offering a blend of modern conveniences and historic charm. Each of the 10 rooms are uniquely decorated and sumptuously appointed with with sumptuous appointed with Louis XVI period furnishing and large spa bathrooms. .
The grounds boast a heated pool, garden, and spa.
They have graciously offered our guests an 8% discount on their rooms.
Hint: I have opted to cancel my reservations at Le Clos d'Amboise to stay in this charming hotel right next door, with all of the charm, at a more reasonable price point. Most importantly, from our initial interactions, they have been more accommodating to us and our guests, than their neighbors, Le Clos d'Ambnois. Au Charme Rabelaisien l was closed for renovations when we initially scouted hotels in 2015 so I feel fortunate to have this option "pop up" to answer fill our need.
***Please note, there is a $15 resort charges at this hotel***
The nearest International Airport is Paris, Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG).
There are Direct flights on United from Washington Dullas (IAD) - it is also possible to use your Chase Ultimate Rewards (Sapphire) credit card points to book an award ticket. You will want to confirm availability for your preferred dates before transferring UR points to United.
Low cost airline, WOW Air offers flights from BWI for under $400, but beware of add-on fees.
If you fly to Paris from another destination in Europe, Orly (ORY) (which is to the south of Paris and serviced by EasyJet) is an equally good option. If you are considering flying Ryanair, it is worth noting that they use Beauvais Airport, which is rather inconvenient as it requires a 1.5 hour shuttle bus to the northern outskirts of the Paris Metro.
French Railway Site in English: http://www.sncf.com/en/passengers
From Paris, direct trains depart frequently from Paris Austerlitz. Tickets start at 15€ ($20)
Trains can be taken from Montparnasse Station as well but will require a connection.
If you are coming straight from the Charles de Gaulle airport, you can take a train from the airport station "CHARLES DE GAULLE 2 TGV" and reach Amboise in 2 hours with one connection. (about 30€)
Alternatively, if you would like to visit the many castles in the Loire, you may opt to rent a car. It takes about 2.5 hours to drive from Paris to Amboise by car.
A shuttle will be provided to and from Chateau de Chenonceau, where the Wedding Ceremony and Reception will be held.