Holiday cottages in Indre et Loire provide the perfect setting for relaxing with some of the exceptional food and wine of the region. You also must take time to visit one or two of the amazing chateaux here, from palatial palaces to military fortifications and ruins there is so much to discover! The most breathtaking perhaps is the beautiful Chateau de Chenonceau. In 1547 it was gifted by King Henry II to his mistress Diane de Poitier who commissioned an extension that completely spans the Cher River with a bridge of arches. She also designed the formal gardens that you can still see today.