Domaine de la Tortiniere
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Recollections in Tranquility
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.
A foretaste of Paradise
Location, Location, Location...the three greatest attributes a hotel can have.
Domaine de la Tortiniere, a jewel of a fairytale castle (therein lies a tale), is ideally located smack dab in the center of all there is to see and do in the beautiful Loire Valley, the garden spot of France. Truly the ideal location for sightseeing all the famous Chateaux, vineyards and wineries and the peaceful and lush countryside. We recently returned from a five day stay in mid-October and were elated by its warmth and beauty from the moment we arrived. Our plane landed at Charles de Gaulle Paris two hours late; 9 AM instead of seven. But we still were able to go through Passport inspection, get our luggage, pick up our rental car and arrive at the front door in time to be shown to our beautiful room, unpack, freshen up and enjoy a delightful lunch in the sunlit dining room overlooking the Indre Valley. The drive from Paris to this delightful inn is easy autoroute practically the entire way. About 2 1/2 hours in all.
Although Domaine de la Tortiniere looks like the castle of Sleeping Beauty it was actually built in the mid 19th Century. It perches on a hill overlooking the Indre and is surrounded by acres upon acres of woodland carpeted in cyclamen in the Fall. You can choose from rooms in the main house or in the outbuildings. There are several apartments for families. The owners, Xavier and Anne Oliverau have created the atmosphere of an elegant French country manor house. Everything reflects an individual and cultivated taste...but relaxed and inviting. The dining room is superb, but if you prefer to explore a bit there are excellent restaurants within easy driving distance. The staff is efficient, courteous and smilingly helpful. One word that you never hear at Tortiniereis "no". Xavier and his team will arrange tours, suggest itineraries, map out the easy shortcuts or just leave you alone to enjoy an aperitif on the terrace or coffee in the salon. A solar heated swimming pool and tennis court are there to help keep you in trim and burn off some of the calories from the wonderful food, including the lavish buffet breakfast. There are meandering paths for walks through the forested grounds, which extend down to the Indre River where a boat awaits you if you are in the mood for boating to nearby Montbazon.
To be honest, this was not my first visit, but my tenth. Many of the guests are repeat visitors, and they come from all over, but mostly France, england and the USA. There is so much to see and do, and it all is so accessible and easy. As they say; location, location, location.
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.
Our discovery of this place was quite accidental (suggested to us by the very friendly people at the nearby Donjon of Mont Bazon), but would definitely be worthwhile planning a visit there.
Perhaps it is because we are more used to budget travelling, rather than staying at such places (140 Euro per night), but we found the service exceptional. Our room was on the top floor, giving a wonderful view over the surrounding region. The lack of an elevator was no problem, as all of our luggage was brought up when we arrived and back down when we left by the staff. The staff also provided an invaluable resource in recommending places to visit in the area, what the opening hours of various places were, and the like.
It is also worth mentioning the castle grounds. Though reasonably small (we walked the perimeter in some 20 minutes) the forest in quite nice and romantic. And the ground covering of wild flowers made ti my wife's favorite spot.
The only thing that disappointed us about this place was that we could only stay one night (due to our itinerary). A wonderful place that we would love to go back to.
Worth every penny
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.
I would very much recommend the dining experience (book demi-pension to book the E49 menu gourmand at E39!). The food seems to be locally sourced and freshness is the key. The chef treats his product with the proper respect and is quite inventive in some of his flavour combinations. A wide choice of wines needs a little time to savour. The menus are multiple choice. In British comparative terms I would describe the cooking to be about a 6 (if using the good food guide as a basis).
There is great attention to detail everywhere - I even saw the swimming pool being hoovered!!! The gardens are extensiveand lead down to the river where the hotel can even arrange for a boat trip. Nothing is too much for the staff
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.
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As our days in the Loire Valley are quickly coming to an end, and we are still in the grip of a heatwave, we decided to see what is north of Tours. When we went to the Vouvray wine festival with Kerrie and Michael, the owner of this Chateau was at the event. After driving through some lovely, very French, ...
After a lazy Sunday morning, and a visit from Vidal Sassoon aka Laurie, we decided to have lunch out. It was getting late so we chose to go to the Auberge de la Val du Vienne over in Sazilly near Chinon. We were made most welcome again and had a delightful lunch. I had Navarin of Homard which was delicious with ...
A little housekeeping and salad for lunch and dinner before going to the chateau Villandry at 9pm for the celebration initiated by the American owner in the early 20th century. In keeping with the 16C origins of the chateau they had people in period garb dancing and board games from the era in the courtyard and the garden ...
... be hugging goodbye in Tours? Laurie had a haircut and we had lunch at the local Asian restaurant in Tours then home to put our feet up and waiting for it to cool down a bit. Laurie slammed me at canasta, a steak sandwich and glass of red for dinner, we are enjoying not having to do anything in this ...
... some wonderful scenery, and wandering through an old village we passed through before arriving at our destination just before noon - Villandry.
Villandry was built in1536 by the Minister of Finance for Francois 1.It changed hands in 1754 but it was a Spaniard who bought the place in 1906 who was really responsible for returning the place to its former glory and who developed the gardens back to how they were. The whole place was quite impressive. ...