- Hotel Château du Grand-Lucé is an 18th-century French national landmark. Opulent chic luxury in the Loire Valley. This exclusive enclave of royal proportions was the former country home of the Baron Jacques Pineau de Viennay. Since its inception in 1760 it has played host to the most discerning of travelers.
- An 18th-century château, considered one of the finest examples of neoclassical architecture in France, has opened as a hotel in the Loire Valley, offering 17 remarkably elegant guestrooms, a restaurant and beautifully restored antique-filled interiors which face onto the formal French gardens and lake beyond.
- Local Sancerre wines can be explored in the small bar, which was previously the chapel. The Restaurant Lucé, with white oak-beamed ceilings, takes inspiration from the kitchen garden.
- There is a heated swimming pool in the garden and electric bikes to borrow. Hot-air balloon rides can be organised, picking you up from the meadow beyond the lake. Day trips to the surrounding châteaux, accompanied by a picnic basket, are on offer. The spa offers treatments using Loire-based Maison Caulièrs products and an adjoining fitness room is equipped with Technogym.
- The 80 acre private grounds and gardens feel like a proper kingdom. Remaining true to French classicism, and inspired by the gardens at Versailles.
EXCLUSIVE LUXE VOYAGER VIP BENEFITS & BEST PRICE
We negotiate rates & benefits for our clients directly with the hotels’ senior management. Our rates match or in many cases are lower than the best online rate for the property. Our clients also enjoy a suite of extra VIP privileges and recognition while staying at a partner hotel.
- Complimentary room upgrade on arrival.
- Daily complimentary buffet breakfast for two.
- Up to $100 dining or spa credit per stay, and or in-house dining / spa discounts.
- Welcome amenities (wine/chocolates/fruit) and card from the GM.
- Complimentary private airport transfers.
- Complimentary roll-away bed if required.
- Early check-in and late check-out.
- Complimentary Wi-Fi.
- Enhanced recognition through VIP status at all touch points in the guest experience.
A complete or partial suite of VIP benefits will be offered, subject to the property T&C, including availability, category of room & length of stay.
Hotel Château du Grand-Lucé. Located in the verdant Loire Valley, just south of Paris, this exclusive private enclave of royal proportions was built by a nobleman and has hosted the most discerning travelers for centuries. Built in 1760 and named for the idyllic village in which it is located, this neoclassical French icon has been exquisitely restored. With a vigilant attention to detail, its unapologetically opulent chic interiors are a stunning tribute to its noble provenance and are a gallant steward of its rich history. With a certain éclat reflecting centuries of pure refinement, Hotel Château – with reimagined rooms and suites, ballroom and salons, classical gardens and grounds will deliver unparalleled service and uncompromising splendor.
Our reverently crafted rooms and suites pay homage to the irreverent extravagance of King Louis XV’s reign. The grandeur of the eighteenth-century neoclassical design, paired with our restrained historical elegance and layered with centuries of modern splendor, set a high bar in luxury hotel design. With eighty acres of gardens, meadows, and forests outside, and room after room of resplendent grandeur inside, the options for dining are seemingly limitless. Under the thoughtful direction of our remarkable Executive Chef, Maxime Thomas, the cuisine at Hotel Château du Grand-Lucé reflects a subtly modern approach to elevated farm-to-table dining. Inspired by the seasonal produce from the Château’s organic potager gardens, the ever-changing dishes are decidedly French and impossibly fresh.
The team at Hotel Château has exacted every detail for the well-traveled guest – crafting a stay saturated with the finest in ultimate sophistication. Sancerre wine from local vineyards, picnic baskets with fromage and pastries from the village of Le Grand-Lucé. Bicycles for the forest, massages from the spa. Our private valet service, once expected by a nobleman, has been re-created, delivering an unexpected level of luxury and authentic privilege.
Our reverently crafted rooms and suites pay homage to the irreverent extravagance of King Louis XV’s reign. The grandeur of the eighteenth-century neoclassical design, paired with our restrained historical elegance and layered with centuries of modern splendor, set a high bar in luxury hotel design. Designed by our team with astute insight for uncompromising authenticity, highlighting the magnificence of architect Mathieu de Bayeux’ design, and translating Baron Jacques Pineau de Viennay’s vision for the modern traveller, our rooms and suites have been perfectly crafted to transcend centuries. These stunning rooms and suites are each a resplendent work of art, layered in luxury, and ready to welcome the new noble.
With eighty acres of gardens, meadows, and forests outside, and room after room of resplendent grandeur inside, the options for dining are seemingly limitless. Under the thoughtful direction of our remarkable Executive Chef, Maxime Thomas, the cuisine at Hotel Château du Grand-Lucé reflects a subtly modern approach to elevated farm-to-table dining. Inspired by the seasonal produce from the Château’s organic potager gardens, the ever-changing dishes are decidedly French and impossibly fresh. Guests can dine in the restaurant Le Lucé, built in a stunning garden-side salon accessed through the Galerie De Chasse. Le Lucé offers a fabulous prix-fixe menu, paired with wines from the Château’s curated collection. The Le Lucé menu is also offered in the original formal dining room of the Château, where royalty and nobles have dined for centuries.
Adjoining Le Lucé is a bar built in the former private chapel of the Baron de Lucé. Cheekily named Jack Pine’s (the English translation of the Baron’s name – Jacques Pineau de Viennay) in honor of our French-American partnership, it is here that guests can enjoy convivial conversation, try some house cocktails infused with herbs from the potager gardens, and taste fare from Chef Thomas’ elevated Bistro menu. The Bistro menu is also offered anywhere throughout the Château, from your favorite reading nook tucked under the grand windows in the Tea Salon and the stunning Grand Salon located in the center of the Château with views over the formal gardens, to poolside on a chaise under the Loire Valley sunshine. Our in room dining menu is, of course, available twenty-four hours a day. Picnics, dinners in the forest, and box lunches for your daytime excursions can be arranged and special requests are always welcome.
Surrounded by the original medieval wall, the private grounds and gardens of Château du Grand-Lucé feel like a proper kingdom, in the northern region of the Loire Valley. Remaining true to French classicism, and inspired by the gardens at Versailles, the Château’s gardens were designed on a north-south axis, with the formal gardens closest to the Château, and with the grounds becoming progressively less structured nearer the woods. The classic gardens are a brilliant feat of order and symmetry with near perfect structure. The central allée, finely manicured boxwoods, delightful topiaries and immaculately trimmed expanses of green grass are extraordinary. At a slightly lower elevation, and surrounded by walls protecting the area from wind, is the Jardin Exotique. This extravagant garden remains incredibly warm, receiving the most of the Loire Valley sunshine. Planted with a brilliant variety of flowers, the exotic garden has a stunning swimming pool, original working greenhouses and the quintessential orangerie — protecting a multitude of citrus in the winter and open for infinite possibilities in the warmer months.
Below the parterre of the classic gardens is an exquisite potager garden (kitchen garden) and orchards filled with an incredible Loire Valley bounty — haricots verts, tomatoes of nearly uncountable varieties, lettuces, artichokes, dozens of herbs, lavender, stone fruits, apples and pears. Beyond the potager garden, there are acres upon acres to explore — a lake, meadows, grasslands, a historic white oak forest with a circular clearing in the center (as designed in 1760). The pièce de résistance is found in this clearing — a statue of Proserpine, daughter of Zeus, one of seven statues placed throughout the grounds by King Louis XV as a housewarming gift to Baron Jacques Pineau de Viennay. Nearer the main château there are multiple buildings and courtyards — the original stables, now the grand ballroom, the original laundry house, now the spa and fitness center, and many yet-to-be restored buildings in various states of faded grandeur that are exceptionally lovely in their authenticity – providing an almost museum-like glimpse of noble life centuries ago.