Would you like to visit part of the Loire Valley Châteaux without the crowds? Access to rooms rarely open to the public?
Staying in the Loiret is the right choice for you!
L'Echappée Belle's bed and breakfast is located at the crossroads of the Loiret, Puisaye with the famous Guédelon,
and Berry with the Châteaux of the Route Jacques Coeur and the Sancerrois, making it easy for you to explore these regions.
But do you know why there are so many castles in the Loire Valley?
In the 15th century, the king and his court took refuge south of the Loire when the English, allied with the Burgundians, took the capital. The Loire was already lined with fortifications to
defend the kingdom.
For more than a century, the kings of France were born and lived in the Loire Valley, where they had castles built for them. After them, the court and the high dignitaries of their circle did the
same near the royal residences to demonstrate their social success.
In addition, the Loire Valley, with its impressive forests, was a pleasant hunting ground for the monarchs!
It was François 1er who put an end to this "relocation" in 1528 by announcing that Paris would be his residence.
However, until the reign of Louis XIV, the kings of France and their court regularly returned to the Loire Valley to hunt or to defend themselves, for example during the Fronde (on this occasion,
in 1685, Louis XIV was the last king to come to the Loire Valley, and in particular to the Château de Sully sur Loire).