Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Chateau de La Celle-Guenand, La Celle-Guenand, France

Author: , November 24th, 2015

Chateau de La Celle-Guenand

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Chateau de La Celle-Guenand is a historic place, nestled in a medieval French village and surrounded by some of the Loire Valley’s most famous tourist activities. It’s the special place we call home. To some, we’re known as a tranquil spot to escape the hustle and bustle of life. To others, the perfect base to seek out all that is on offer in the region

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Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in Central France

Dolly Travels: France, The Loire Valle’s Castles

Author: , May 3rd, 2011

Gay Friendly Paris Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

Our dear friend, Bella (Dolly Goolsby) is on the go again, this time starting in Paris. She has graciously allowed us to republish her travel blogs. Enjoy!

Castles of the Loire Valley

I don’t know how to say “Happy Easter” in French, but Happy Easrer or Buon Pasquale to all my friends and family. I trust you are all well.

We are still having a good time in Paris. On Thursday we took a guided tour of 3 castles in the Loire Valley, southwest of Paris.

Castles of the Loire ValleyThe trip took us through lovely countrysides, small villages, farms, following the Loire River most of the time. Our first stop was at Chambord Castle, which was begun in 1519 by King Frances I, as a hunting lodge, but it grew to be a huge chateau with 440 rooms, 365 fireplaces (but no kitchen, much to my dismay).

Our guide told us there was no kitchen, as the chateau was used to entertain hundreds of people at a time, so food was cooked outdoors over open fires, on spits, or ovens in an outbuilding.

Chambord is now a national enclosed game park, comprised of 5440 hectares (13,442 acres), the largest in Europe.

Loire Valley CastlesWe then traveled to Chenonceau, which is unique as it is built across the river Cher. This castle was built in the 16th century so is newer than Chambord. King Henry II gave it his mistress, Diane de Poitiers, who was an avid hunter. When Henry II died in a jousting tournament, his wife, Catherine de Medici, kicked Diana out, too over the castle, and it became the place to see and be seen.

The last castle, Cheverney, was also constructed in the 16th century. It was bought by Diane de Poitiers when she was ousted from Chenonceau, but most of the past 600 years, it has been owned by one family, the Huraults.

The HoundsIt is used as a chateau for entertaining, and arranging hunting parties. The main chateau is sumptuous, well- preserved and decorated. The viscount’s family still lives on the upper floor. The grounds are enormous, with manicured gardens, ponds, stables, and a huge kennel for about 100 French hounds used for hunting.

When we saw the dogs, they were waiting for their dinner, but we didn’t get to stay long enough to see them eat. We had to get on our bus for the three hour drive back to Paris. But it was a great day, worth doing.

Yesterday we toured part of the Luxembourg Gardens, and generally took it easy. We went to dinner at a little Italian ristorante here in the neighborhood. The owner is from Naples, but calls his place, Risorante Costa d’Amalfi. Very good food, and a complimentary glass of limoncello at the end of the meal.

I hope you are enjoying the blog posts. I have fun sharing my travels with you.

Au revoir for now,

Dolly

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