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About Chartres

Less than two hours southwest of Paris, the charming small city of Chartres is home to one of Europe’s most iconic cathedrals. Completed in 1220, the enormous Gothic Cathédrale Notre-Dame dominates the skyline, and attracts culturally curious visitors from across the globe. Accommodation options include cosy B&Bs in the shadow of the twin spires and restored farmhouses in verdant gardens, well-suited to quiet couples or active families. Our gurus’ pick of the best places to stay in Chartres promise the ideal base from which to explore both the historic city centre and Normandy's rolling countryside.

Built on the left bank of the Eure River, old Chartres — now the Chartres Historic Preservation Area — is a maze of narrow lanes, encircled by elm-fringed boulevards and pretty riverside houses. Discover the area on foot or by bicycle — and do consider a guided tour for more detailed information about key landmarks and the impact of historic conflicts, such as the French Revolution and the Second World War. Particular attractions include the Eglise Saint-Pierre, the Eglise Saint-Aignan and the fascinating Centre International Du Vitrail. Artist Raymond Isidore’s La Maison Picassiette is also striking.

Scenic strolls through the Parc des Bords de l’Eure, or cycling, horse riding and hiking between the surrounding villages and farmland are not to be missed! Some of the best places to stay in Chartres offer walking trails and family-friendly activity suggestions of their own, too.

The Best Places to Stay in Chartres

For a Central Stay

  • Hotel Jehan de Beauce is a grand historic property in central Chartres, complete with Art Deco interiors and an elegant restaurant. Pick this place for the proximity to all the main sights and the heritage feel.
  • Le Jardin Cathédrale, as the name suggests, is just a stone's throw from Chartres' stunning cathedral. A charming B&B with two spacious, comfortable rooms, this is a lovely choice for quiet couples or a small group of friends travelling together. The garden is a little oasis and breakfasts are excellent.

For a Rural Escape

  • La Bergerie de L'Aqueduc is a secluded farmhouse B&B with four indulgent, individually designed rooms overlooking tranquil gardens, 20 minutes from Chartres. The heated outdoor pool is a nice touch, whilst the interiors are characterful and romantic. Families are also welcome.

FOR AN APARTMENT OR HOLIDAY COTTAGE

  • If you'd prefer a self-catering option, we suggest that you visit our online partner Booking.com.

TRAVEL INFORMATION

  • Fly to Paris' Charles de Gaulle Airport, Orly or Beauvais-Tillé and travel to Chartres by car or train in just under two hours.
  • Normandy is brilliant for a road trip! Contact our online partner Rentalcars if you would like to hire a car.
  • Travel during the spring or summer for the best weather, with temperatures peaking at around 24°C in July and August — this is the busiest time of year. For a quieter trip, consider visiting in April or September, although the weather will be cooler.

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Best Hotels in Chartres

  • Le Jardin Cathedrale Chartres 2 rooms from £104

    Local exploring  -  Well positioned near the Notre-Dame Cathedral and with many other of the city's main attractions nearby
    Short break  -  Located just 80km from Paris, this is an easy option for a quick weekend getaway
    Local markets  -  Guests can explore the local markets of Chartres and shop for regional produce
    Sights nearby  -  Cathédrale de Chartres is two minutes walk away, as is the Municipal theatre
    GardenParkingNo pets

    A charming little B&B located a stone's throw from Chartres' magnificent cathedral. The ornate rooms with beautiful wall papers and charming knick-knacks give the place real character. The perfect place to stay for a weekend of exploring the picturesque Norman city of Chartres. See More

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  • Hotel Jehan de Beauce Chartres 35 rooms from £106

    Value chic  -  A historical stay with grand Art Déco or Art Nouveau style rooms. This is a luxurious option offered at great rates
    Local exploring  -  Perfect, central location from which to explore this rich city - full of stunning churches, gardens and galleries
    Local markets  -  The city has an excellent reputation for its craftsmen, its glass masters, antique shops
    Sights nearby  -  Two minute walk from the Notre Dame de Chartres Cathedral
    Air conditioningRestaurantDisabled access

    A grand hotel well positioned in the centre of Chartres. Elegant rooms have Art Deco touches with large sash windows, patterned carpets and dark wood furniture. An elegant restaurant serves regional dishes. With friendly service, this is a comfortable stay for city exploring. See More

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  • La Bergerie de L'Aqueduc Chartres 4 rooms from £156

    Country Escape  -  Classic country stay surrounded by beautiful rose filled grounds
    Romantic Break  -  Cosy rooms with open fireplaces are made for romance
    Local markets  -  Pick your way through the local market in Houx
    Great walks  -  Enjoy lovely walks along the Voise Canal
    Swimming PoolGardenParkingNo pets

    A charming, secluded B&B set in an 18th-century farmhouse. Offering four comfortable rooms, each are individually decorated with views looking out onto the garden. The garden itself is perfect for a relaxing afternoon and features a heated outdoor pool. Ideal for a romantic weekend away. See More

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