Bicycling the Loire: Just Like Family at Hotel La Rosarie

By Maggie LaCoste

We arrived into Chenonceaux tired, and looking like we had just ridden 65 hilly kms on one of the hottest days of the summer!  But the greeting that we received  as we stepped into La Rosarie made us feel like we were long-lost family.  And that is how Laurant and Sophie and the staff strive to treat all the guests at Hotel La Rosaire, a quaint, comfortable, meticulously cared for hotel in a town with less than a dozen streets.  There may be higher rated hotels in town, but you will not find another hotel with a warmer reception or better service.

Front entrance to La Rosarie

The grounds are picture perfect with flowers everywhere, and private areas for resting and recouping from the day’s ride. The restaurant is wonderful, our dinner on the terrace was just perfect.  The area around Chenonceaux is full of vineyards and bicycling trails, so you can go for a night to see the castle, or stay a weekend and relax and enjoy the many slow travel adventures in the area.

The dining terrace at La Rosarie

The gardens at La Rosarie

Posted by Maggie LaCoste

I love the adventure and unpredictability of experiencing France by bike. Cycling in France is the ultimate slow travel adventure, an opportunity to see it through the back door in a way few tourists experience. One week on a bike in France and life takes on a different meaning! I created Experience France By Bike to inspire recreational cyclists to visit France the slow bike, and to be the best source of information for planning the perfect bicycling adventure. I encourage readers to embrace the uncertainty of the road ahead and to take the path less traveled, exploring roads, towns and villages that you would never experience traveling by car.