Hotel Château du Grand-Lucé, France
An 18th-century château, considered one of the finest examples of neoclassical architecture in France, has opened as a hotel in the Loire Valley. After decades of neglect, interiors were originally restored by American interior designer Timothy Corrigan. The result is a seamless blend of old and new, successfully imbuing the property with a certain homeliness while retaining its opulent décor. The majority of the 17 rooms lie on the first floor, each decorated differently but with original oak parquet flooring, high ceilings and large casement windows that allow the light to flood in. Local Sancerre wines can be enjoyed in the small bar – which was previously the chapel.
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