In pictures: 18th century château opens as hotel in the Loire Valley

Château visited by Voltaire, Mozart, Diderot and Rousseau is one of the best examples of French neoclassical architecture.

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Set a 55-minute train ride from central Paris, the Hotel Château in the village of Le Grand-Lucé is the former country home of the Baron Jacques Pineau de Viennay.

The château has been returned to its 18th-century splendour after a careful private restoration under the guidance of the French government.

The hotel has 17 rooms and suites, a ballroom, an authentic French restaurant Le Lucé, a bar, spa and fitness salon, an outdoor pool and classic French gardens.

"Voltaire, Mozart, Diderot and Rousseau were guests at the Château, and I’m humbled when I look out from their rooms to the same panorama," said CEO and founder Marcy Holthus.

"I’m looking forward to sharing this celebrated historic property with discerning travellers seeking an unrivalled, authentic experience in one of the most beautiful settings in France."

The property, which has 17 guestrooms, including two apartments with private kitchens and living spaces,  comfortably sleeps up to 42 people.

The hotel offers exceptional French cuisine in its intimate restaurant, Le Lucé, led by renowned French Chef Maxime Thomas, who has previously worked at Michelin-starred restaurants.

Guests can also enjoy the spa, featuring Loire Valley Maison Caulieres products, massage and body treatments. A ballroom designed in the former stables allows events year-round.

Set in 80 private acres of verdant gardens, guests can explore original working greenhouses, an orangerie, heated pool, courtyards, a picturesque lake, bocce ball court and croquet.

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