Le Manoir Saint Thomas
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Today we had castles on our agenda, and we set out to see Chenonceau, Cheverney and Chambord. Amboise is well located as a base to visit these chateaus, with Chenonceau only a 15 minute drive, and the furthest, Chambord, about an hour. Chenonceau was already busy when we arrived just after 10, but it is a truly breathtaking place. Set on the banks …
Today we leave Paris and head down the south west of France. We also needed to pick up the car we were going to use from the airport. We were originally going to pack up all our stuff and leave together to the airport but Eli decided that instead of having to take all our luggage on the trains, he and Michael would go and get the car in the morning while Kyria and I tidied up around the place.
So they headed off around 10 or 11am. I packed my stuff and Kyria and I ...
... later, it had 440 rooms, 365 fireplaces and 84 staircases, including a fabulous central double-helix staircase reputedly designed by Leonardo Da Vinci. Interestingly, the king found the place too draughty, and spent only 42 nights there during the whole of his 32 year reign! The crowning glory of this chateau is its incredible rooftop: a Tolkienesque jumble of peaks, cupolas, domes, spires and chimneys, all created out of stone and slate. Charlie was particularly taken with the trophy ...
As we are leaving France, here is a list of things that I noticed were really different from what we would find our see in Canada. - when walking in a store, boutique, cafe, restaurant, etc., the person working there gets us loudly with a Monsieur Madame! - it is impossible to find out at which time a place closes. They don't have the hours indicated in the windows or does anywhere! - they sell wine everywhere. - French restaurants are ...
... get the the March Bredif winery, which was recommended by the tour driver yesterday. Took a bus to the winery. We had a tour through the cave where the wine is processed and then had some wine tastings afterwards. Taking the public bus have us a unique experience on how the locals travel. Good experience. The wine guide gave us some hints on what and where to have dinner.
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- Free parking
- Pets allowed
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TravelPod Member ReviewsLe Manoir Saint Thomas Amboise
Well located, private parking, beautiful interiors.
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I wanted to make sure that I reviewed this spot of all of our stays. THe rooms were incredible, the staff were wondwerful. A 500 year old "B&B" with all of the modern amenities and a staff like a 4 star hotel.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Le Manoir Saint Thomas Amboise
Fantastic boutique hotel highly recommended. Very central location in Amboise and excellent base for the Loire.
We stayed in a large room with excellent large modern bathroom on the Ground floor which was gorgeously decorated with superb facilities. More of a couples/romantic venue than a family type place.
On-site parking is an added bonus and the staff were very friendly and efficient.
We stayed in some nice places around France and in Paris but this was tops.
Enjoyed Le Manoir
Wonderful hotel in the Loire Valley in France. The hosts are very friendly and helpful. The rooms are comfortable and well maintained. The atmosphere is quiet. There is a pool on the grounds that is kept up during the summer months. The hotel is located within walking distance of the downtown of Amboise.
We stayed at the Manoir Saint Thomas two nights in July 2005 and found it absolutely perfect for our needs - situated a short walk from the main street and restaurants, but itself set on a quiet square; nicely decorated and furnished in period style, without being fussy; good size bathroom; flat screen tv in bedroom; staff who were friendly and attentive but never overwhelming; good breakfast; small but perfectly adequate pool; parking within the grounds. Our stay there was relaxed and comfortable - not a bargain but good value. Would very happily return to Amboise and the Manoir Saint Thomas again.
A Peaceful Hideaway
We stayed here whilst my wife was pregnant on our last 'freetime' holiday and had a wonderful time. The grounds are just large enough to sit in and relax, the location is ideal for walking into the restaurents in the evening (no worries about drinking and driving), the decor is superb and rooms were well apportioned. Swifts wheeling by in the evening sky just add the finishing touches.
The owners have obviously put their heart and soul into creating a place you want to return to, and we certainly will when we can!
I stayed here in June with my 2 teenage children. It was the nicest hotel we stayed in during our 2 week trip to Europe. It is a little more than a mile from the train station. It is an old quaint hotel in the center of town, 3 blocks from the principal street and the Chateau Amboise. Beautiful grounds and a historic building. I felt like I was in the country when out by the pool. Our triple room was large, so pretty, and we had a large and beautiful bathroom. Staff was terrific. There are many charming hotels in this old town, but I would certainly stay here again. Not an inexpensive hotel, but quaint and charming. My teenagers loved it.
The Best Hotel in Amboise - Stunning!!!
If Amboise is the Gem of the Loire (and it truly is) then Le Manoir Saint Thomas is the Gem of Amboise. This hotel is absolutely beautiful in every way and I cannot recommend it enough!
We have just returned from a trip to France and this was most definately the highlight of our holiday. The hotel has been beautifully restored and is a stunning place to stay. With beautiful bedrooms, luxurious bathrooms, delicious breakfasts and genuinely friendly & welcoming owners, this is a hotel not to miss out on!
Antonella recommended (and booked) a restaurant for us for dinner which was fanstastic and the best meal of our holiday.
The hotel is only a few minutes walk away from the Chateau and restaurants. It lies in a quiet lane within Amboise so relaxing by the pool provides the peacefulness you want on holiday.
One small thing to note - beware of the rug as you enter the building. It lies on a highly polished wooden floor and is not held down in any way - I slipped on it a couple of times - the last time I ended up crashing into the reception desk and injured my arm - DO NOT, however, let this put you off.
We're going back to stay as soon as we possibly can!
Fantastic hotel - a real find!
My wife and I have just returned from a fantastic 3 night stay at Le Manoir Saint Thomas. The hotel is excellently located right in the centre of Amboise (a 3 minute walk to the Chateau), but still manages to keep an air of peace and serenity.
It is apparent that the hotel has been beautifully and painstakingly refurbished - the room we had was very large and furnished very tastefully (painted wooden roof beams, real oak floors etc) and the spec was also very high end - double sinks in the bathroom, flat-screen TV etc.
The owners were very welcoming and helpful - they supplied us with three recommendations for dinner all of which were excellent, and were happy to help out with making reservations for us.
I cannot speak too highly of the Le Manoir Saint Thomas - my wife and I would completely recommend it.
Reccomended Luxury Hotel
This lovely historic hotel, once a Priory built in 1107, now restored to its former glory, is set in a peaceful walled garden in central Amboise and a few minutes walk from the Chateaux.
Super accomodation and breakfast all provided by most friendly, welcoming and efficient staff.
Secure parking is available in the hotel grounds which are locked at night.
Thoroughly reccommended--- We will certainly return to spend longer in this beautiful area, staying at this delightful hotel.
A super hotel. Very nice and so comfortable. such a welcome! We will come back again soon.
A really lovely historic small hotel
This is a really lovely historic small hotel. Antonella & Bertrand have restored and re-furbished the Manoir St Thomas in very good taste; it's beautifully furnished and decorated and the welcome is outstanding - it's like staying at a friend's house! We had an extremely comfortable room overlooking the garden and the bathroom was in a class of its own! We can thoroughly recommend this hotel, without reservation, and look forward to our next visit.