Château de Noizay, Noizay $$$$
Concierge.com's insider take:
Yet another of the Loire's four-star châteaux with a revered restaurant, this handsome early 16th-century building has steep slate roofs, a balustraded double flight of entry stairs, and oeil-de-boeuf windows. Inside, the succession of fine, beamed public rooms are attractively furnished in homage to Louis XVI. Each of the ten bedrooms up the imposing oak staircase (there's no elevator) has its own decor and character: One is full of floral-print bedding and curtains and a black marble fireplace; another has blood-red walls and a huge wooden canopy bed. There are also five rooms in the adjacent 19th-century Clock House. Most accommodations overlook the château's 15 acres of formally landscaped gardens, which hide a decent-size swimming pool.
Closed mid-January through mid-March.