The quaint village of Cheverny has under 1000 inhabitants, yet it boasts one of the most majestic chateaux in the Loire Valley – the Château de Cheverny. Cheverny village is located a 20-minute drive from the capital of Loir-et-Cher region, Blois. Popular with visitors for the Chateau and the UNESCO listed Loire Valley setting, Cheverny is a magical rural retreat.
Discover the exquisite decoration of the early 17th century Chateau de Cheverny to get your French history fix and take a stroll in the spectacularly-landscaped gardens, equipped with fountains. Perhaps afterwards you’d like to play a round in the well-respected Chateau 18 hole golf course. As you make your way around the epitome of rural France, you will come across farms, rustic paths and wildlife. Among other things to admire here is dramatically-pointed spire and inclined roofs of the 12th century Saint Etienne church.
As with many regions in the Loire Valley, Cheverny and Cour-Cheverny have many vineyards dotted around. This particular region is best known for its grape vines of Pinot noir, Gamay (red and rosé) and Sauvignon and Chardonnay (white). Although there are not too many dining options in Cheverny, nearby Blois and rural restaurants are a short drive away.
Prepare your visit to Cheverny
When to visit Cheverny
Visit Cheverny during April to September, this time period is best for temperate weather. Although rainfall is lower during this time than winter months, you can still expect the odd shower. Book in mid spring or mid September to avoid crowds and take advantage of the cheaper prices.
How long is needed to visit Cheverny
Cheverny is a rural village, so while lacking in city sights, it’s a great base to explore the countryside. Allow the better part of a day to visit the fascinating Chateau de Cheverny and its gardens. With any trip to the Loire Valley, you’ll need to take time to check out the local vineyards. Add extra time to explore the surrounding area, and to play a round of golf.
What should I wear to visit Cheverny
The Loire Valley region is known for its unpredictable rainfall, so bring waterproof jackets or ponchos. You’ll also want to wear sturdy footwear, such as hiking boots, due to the rural setting and outdoor pursuits. If you’re going to use the Chateau de Cheverny’s respected golf course, bring your gear.
What is there to see in Cheverny
Almost every inch of the 17th century Chateau de Cheverny’s interior is intricately decorated. From the delicately-painted beams to the floral wallpaper, the decoration here is awe-inspiring. After delighting at the inside, head out to the gardens. Marvel at the myriad of colours in The Tulip Garden and get intentionally lost in the hedge maze. In the park area, English-style landscaping is complemented by 19th century redwood and cedar trees.
A stone’s throw away from Cheverny village is Château de Troussay. This smaller chateau dates back to the mid 1400s and even offers the option to stay overnight. The striking building and gardens make the ‘little’ Troussay castle worth a look. Marvel at the boutique French furniture inside and look out for wildlife in the gardens. Deer, barn owls and buzzards have made their home in the surrounding land.
A trip to the Loire Valley isn’t complete without a trip to a vineyard to sample some of the regional wines. The Maison des vins de Cheverny is the ideal winery to discover the local grapes and taste the unique wines. Taste the Sauvignon with its notes of blackcurrant and liquorice, or the fruity red wines. You can find the rare Romorantin grape here too.
How to get to Cheverny
Access Cheverny by train and bus
From Paris, take the TGV or Intercités trains to Gare de Blois Chambord train station. To reach Cheverny by bus, take number four from the Blois station, taking around 30 minutes. If flying into Tours airport, take the TER train from Tours train station, taking just over 30 mins.
Access Cheverny by air
Cheverny’s nearest airport is Tours Val de Loire, just over 60km west of this rural village. The airport is served by Ryanair and has direct services from London Stansted, Dublin, Marseille and Porto, among other European cities.
Access Cheverny by car
Reach Cheverny by car in just over two hours from Paris. From Tours Val de Loire airport it takes around one hour to drive. Due to its rural setting, it’s beneficial to rent a car to visit the surrounding Loire Valley.
What to eat in Cheverny
Les Rois de France
A well-respected restaurant with outside terrace, a ten-minute drive from Cheverny. Try the Asparagus pastry or crêpe soufflée with vanilla Bourbon and raspberries.
Couples and families
“37 6-39, rue Pierre-Henri Mauger 41700 Contres France
This lively French restaurant delivers economical menus of the day. Choose from seasonal dishes on the chalk board, including lentil dishes or chicken with peanuts.
Couples and families
22, Boulevard Carnot, 41700 Cour-Cheverny
Relais des Landes
This hotel restaurant offers a tasting menu, if you really want to spoil yourself. Innovative tastings include wild prawns with lemongrass and sweet pepper compote.
D7, 41120 Ouchamps
Where to stay in Cheverny
Hotel Relais des Trois Châteaux
Just 800 metres from Châteaux Cheverny, the delightful rooms are housed in an outstanding timber and brick mid-19th century chateau. The hotel is characterised by the regional Sologne style and has 36 individual boutique rooms. There is also a restaurant.
Swimming Pool. Free Wifi. Dogs allowed. Parking.
Families and couples.
1 Place Victor Hugo, 41700 Cour-Cheverny, France
This charming 18th century country house-cum-hotel boasts its own pretty landscaped garden and river. For your homey stay, you can choose from a five individually-styled rooms. Choose the elegant Framboise room or spoil yourself with the Jonquille suite.
Bed and Breakfast
Wifi, child friendly, kitchens in rooms
Couples, families, budget travellers
Rue Denet, 41700 Cour-Cheverny, France
A converted Cheverny old wine press cottage
This cosy cottage/duplex has two bedrooms and sleeps six. A repurposed old wine press, this building now hosts guests. It features a large kitchen and mod cons such as coffee maker and dishwasher. It also has a pretty garden.
Self catering country house.
Barbeque (coal provided). Deck chair and Hammock. TV. Nespresso coffee maker
Families and budget travellers.
home and away web?
south east Cheverny
Tours & activities in Cheverny
Helicopter tour over the Loire Valley castles
Around one hour’s drive from Cheverny you will find the Belleville Heliport. See the Loire Valley’s Amboise, Jardins de Valmer, and Haute Barde from the air. This 25-minute bird’s eye tour has scheduled departures in the morning and afternoon.
Héliport de Belleville, 37370 Neuvy-le-Roi.
Hot air ballon ride over the Loire Valley
This amazing experience gently flies you over the chateux and the river of the Loire Valley.
Departs from Golf de Cheverny
Taste wine pairings with a local
Benoit Daridan, a local vineyard owner will tour you around his 21- hectare family estate in Cour-Cheverny. Benoit’s winery uses sustainable methods. The tour includes the vineyard, wine cellar, the wine process and, of course, tasting the wine.
Couples, families and budget travellers
16 Voie Communale de la Marigonnerie, 41700 Cour-Cheverny, France