Wilmotte & Associés Marries Past and Present for Le Relais de Chambord in France’s Loire Valley

It’s home to myriad châteaux—a stretch of it is even designated a
UNESCO World Heritage Site. Indeed, a tourist hotbed. Yet, a hotel has not opened in the Loire Valley of France since 2014. But has changed that. Set on the grounds of the 16th-century Château de Chambord, the hotel is the work of , which has combined 21st-century comforts with nods to the site’s regal past (the castle was built as a hunting lodge for King Francis I).

A guest room at Le Relais de Chambord, a hotel in France by Wilmotte & Associés, features wallpaper patterned with a photograph of the Château de Chambord.

For instance, principal Jean-Michel Wilmotte turned black-and-white photographs of the château into wallpaper for the 55 guest rooms. In reception, nearly floor-to-ceiling built-ins lined with books give the feel of a large country home. The terrace off Grand Saint Michel, the hotel’s restaurant, affords views of Francis I’s massive country home, the largest château in the Loire Valley.

Oak-plywood built-ins and Johanna Grawunder pendant fixtures in the lobby.
A guest-room bathroom.
The billiard room.
WEB EXCLUSIVE: A fireplace in the lobby. 
WEB EXCLUSIVE: The lobby. 
WEB EXCLUSIVE: A guest room.
WEB EXCLUSIVE: The view from one of the guest rooms.

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