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Family-friendly places to stay in the Loire Valley and Centre

As everywhere in France, villas and gîtes offer great flexibility and value for money for family holidays, although you can also camp or stay in either modest but characterful hotels or plush châteaux. Among our recommendations are campsites on the banks of the Loire and some medieval city apartments.

Amboise is an especially good base from which to explore the area – central and with a wide choice of hotels and restaurants. A peculiarity of the region (and the neighbouring Pays de la Loire) is cave dwellings hewn from the soft rock of the area, and you can even find cave-cottages to rent or hotels with troglodyte rooms.  

Motorhoming is another very popular option in this region, with plenty of servicing facilities (electrical hook-up and overnight parking), although beware of getting entangled in the narrow labyrinthine streets of some towns.

Or see our guide to Glamping and Unusual Camping with Kids in Northern France.

Editor's favourite
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Residence Le Moulin des Cordeliers

Loire Valley
Outstanding site in medieval Loches, in the Loire Valley, with a pool, outdoor play area and many more nearby activities.

Château des Marais, Chambord

Loire Valley
A quiet campsite set in the Loire Valley countryside, with children's pool and daily children's entertainment in high season.

Domaine de la Brèche Campsite

Loire Valley
In the heart of the Loire countryside, this campsite and holiday park is ideal for 4-12 year olds with kids club, pool and activities.

Center Parcs Le Bois aux Daims

Loire Valley
Spralling holiday park in the Loire where you can zip through the water rapids, horse ride, climb through the trees, and even sleep in one!

Les Alicourts Resort

Loire Valley
A lakeside setting, with pool complex, kids club and plenty of sports and activities for everyone to enjoy.