(These visits suggestion, transport and site entrance tickets are your responsibility)
Our hotel in the heart of chateau country in the Loire is a gateway to 250km of unique sights in the UNESCO world heritage site, and perfectly preserved landscapes with their unique quality of light which has attracted generations of painters, including William Turner.
The invitation to set out on a voyage of discovery starts in Amboise where the charm and luxury of our hotel are part and parcel of the experience. Amboise, the "city of countless wonders" is ideal for idly roaming the banks of the Loire along footpaths where you can discover the Beffroi or the Clock Tower, the Saint Florentin Church (cultural place), troglodyte homes. Then visit the Château Royal with its stunning gardens and the Château du Clos Lucé, Leonardo da Vinci’s last home and the Chateau Gaillard.
Château Gaillard, a well-preserved gem, near the Château d'Amboise and the Clos Lucé, is a secret heritage site away from the crowds. It is of particular historical interest as it was a royal property (it belonged to Charles VIII and Louis XII), architectural interest (it is one of the first Renaissance châteaux in France) and of sentimental interest as it was here that the first orange trees were introduced and the first peach trees were cultivated in France! The gardens have recently been redesigned and the orange trees have returned. Inside, carved wooden panels, stained glass windows with finely crafted medallions and stone sculptures adorn the rooms.
The centrally located Manoir Les Minimes is perfectly located for roaming far and wide across the Touraine region, exploring its past and its present.
Discover the many charms of Tours, 25 km from Amboise, the capital of Touraine at the gates of the Val de Loire region, with its particular quality of light, its handsome roads, its delightful gardens, and its many historical and tourist sites. Do not miss: the Palais des Archevêques, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Cathédrale St-Gatien, Vieux Tours with the Place Plumereau with its half-timbered houses, Tour Charlemagne and Rue Colbert…
The old chateaux, the vineyards and villages full of character within a 70km radius are the quintessence of the Vallée de la Loire.
If you choose Loire à Vélo, you will cycle past by Amboise, Chenonceau, Blois, Chaumont, Chambord, Villandry, Langeais and Azay-le-Rideau chateaux as well as Montlouis-sur-Loire, Vouvray and Chinon vineyards.
As well as enjoying a reputation for its heritage sites, the Touraine region is a also home to a range of outdoor activities.
Alongside the footpaths and cycling, you can enjoy: golf (five courses, three with 18 holes), boat rides, canoeing, swimming, hot air balloons, VLAs (very light aircraft), horse riding and more!