Domaine de la Tortiniere
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In my last email I talked about our car, Napolean, but not too much about the highlights of the Loire Valley... We visited the Chateau of Villandry which is actually more famous for its spectacular Gardens. There was an Ornamental Garden portraying 4 different types of love (tender, passionate, fickle and tragic), the Water Garden, and the Sun …
Very nice old chateau. Well located for touring. Great dinner overlooking the valley.
Once again a lazy start to the day but eventually we got on the road to Amboise! This is a very very pretty town with a lot more upmarket troglodyte living! Very hip. But the main highlight here was 'Clos Luce' Leonardo's last home for 3 years of his life which was a big ...
... had over 3 glasses...and that's before 11am! He took us through the incredible caves where barrels are left in a perfect temp to age. Really fantastic as it was a Chateau and all the stone was quarried from those caves, leaving tunnels and smaller homes, still had all the alcoves for pigeons to use as messengers. We got to our campsite nice and early to chill...this moving about can be hard ...
... Chenonceau, Villandry, Chambord, Amboise, Tours. All spectacular in their own ways. Each place had such amazing history. And some are still in private hands! Some wine tasting in St Martin de Beau in an underground cellar was a great experience too. Christmas Day was so relaxed. We had some lovely roasts from the local boucherie. And some stunning cakes from the local patisserie. And, of course, potato bake for Riley! We had to rename it the ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Domaine de la Tortiniere Tours
A privilege and a pleasure to have luxuriated for the third time in the Chateau home of Xavier and Anne Olivereau.We have stayed in first class hotels all over the world both on bbusiness and holiday,but Tortiniere is undoubtedly the one place we would return to time and time again;it is the epitome of everything one would imagine the perfect spot to be.The romantic setting is enhanced by the delightful accomodation,and the shadowy woodland walks down to the gentle Indre are redolent of a dreaming past.The menu displays imagination,skill and is a gourmet's heaven!!One must particularly mention the staff,who are extremely helpfuland polite,nothing is too much trouble,we especiallyappreciated their amiling warmthwhich added considerably to the welcoming ambience.This is truly an exceptional place,staffed by exceptional people.
Domiane de la Tortiniere, the place to stop over in the Loire
After a lapse of 15 years, I went back to La Tortiniere and stayed for 4 nights with a group of 4 (all the seasoned travelers). Everything was just as or better than I expected----the beauty, the charm, the comfort and what's more the friendliness and hospitality! When in Loire, I shall definitely go back to La Tortiniere, one of my favourite chateau hotels in all over France.
Unmatched Service and Style
Chateau Hotel Domaine de la Toriniere was without question the best place we stayed in either Britain or France. In addition to it's beauty and charm, we we enjoyed service that was unmatched by any we had experienced anywhere either at home in the U.S. or in Europe. The staff exceeded our expectations by preparing itineraries and providing directions for us for our sight-seeing excursions. Also, the food and service in the restaurant were exquisite. They made us feel at home and welcome. If you are considering a trip to the Loire Valley--don't miss this. It's central location makes it a perfect base for exploring Chateau country.
Location, Location, Location...the three greatest attributes a hotel can have.
Having had a miserable start to our 3 days in the Loire region, compleiments of the castle we had planned on staying at (see my review of Chateau de la Guillonniere for that story), Domaine de la Tortiniere was the perfect remedy for our dismal attitudes.
It is very difficult to be anything else but extremely impressed with everything. The whole place is so relaxed with attentive but friendly service at every turn. The ambience is even better than the description contained in the hotel's own guide.
Grand but accessible
My wife and I stayed for a couple of nights during our honeymoon. It was an excellent base for exploring the Loire Valley. The staff was excellent and spoke English (and appreciated that we tried to speak French!). The room, like the hotel, was lovely. It was grand as only a large country Chateau can be, but completely comfortable. Wonderful food, great grounds. We loved this hotel and its owners. Highly recommended.
If you want a first-rate base for your Loire Valley tour, stay here.
We had a perfectly wonderful five-day stay at the Domaine de la Tortiniere. While the location is excellent for visiting the area (Chenonceau, Tours, Amboise, Chambord, Blois etc.) it's the details that really made the experience. I loved the little touches -- homemade chocolates with your coffee, single-malt scotches in the Salon, ham and eggs among the choices for breakfast, a decanter of aperitifs in the room. The chateau itself is very grand but we stayed in one of the outbuildings a short distance away. They were very comfortable and QUIET! Xavier Olivereau and his staff were very gracious and helpful. It's not cheap but you get good value.
Very modern bit small room
We stayed here for 2 nights to tour the Loire valley. It was a nice hotel but the rooms do not appear to be in the main chateau but rather an annexe. They are very modern and nice but the room we stayed in was quite small for the price and had an annoying clock on the outside which reverbated throughout the room every time the minute hand moved. The restaurant seemed expensive so we decided not to dine there and the area seemed to lack a lot of restaurants. It was a good spot to tour the region.
Best Chateau of all
This summer I plan on staying at Tortiniere for the fourth time. It is a spectacular chateau with all the charm and elegance of the surrounding more famous Chateau of the Loire Valley. I have never found a more restful place, and the pool, gourmet restaurant, magnificent rooms, stunning view and secluded location make it one of my favorite places ever. The staff are very freindly and helpful too. One look at a picture of Tortiniere years ago was ewnough to convince me to stay there. The actual experience was everything I could have imagined. I enthusiatically recommend it to anyone who, after visiting a Loire Valley Chateau, would like to stay in one just as beautiful.