The hotel and its history

Relais louis XI

Situated on the banks of the Loire near Blois, our chivalric accommodation has an unusual history.
Before becoming what we know today as the Hôtel de Charme, the relais was a particularly strategic site during the 100 Years' War. It was rehabilitated by the English who occupied it, and was probably used as accommodation by King Jean Le Bon on his way to Poitiers.
It was also here, between Orléans and Beaugency, that the English were cut off by Joan of Arc, who occupied the inn with her troops in the early 15th century. Some remnants of the confrontation, which took place on the bridge over the Loire, can still be seen today.

It was not until the end of the 15th century that King Louis XI of France, at the end of his reign, created his personal stable and an outbuilding to house his marshals, horses, squires... and himself! He slept there one night during a whirlwind tour. Louis XI was particularly fond of the basilica of Cléry St André, where he was eventually buried.

The accommodation lost its stable status and became a full-fledged coaching inn in the early 17th century, under the reign of Henri IV.


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