Domaine de la Tortiniere
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... elegant castle spans the Cher River via a series of graceful arches, and is surrounded by beautiful formal gardens and landscaped parkland. The most unusual part is the 60 metre long window-lined Grand Gallerie spanning the river, which used to be the ballroom, and the scene - it is said - of many wild parties hosted by the chateau's owner Catherine de Medici in the 16th century. During WWII the Cher River marked ...
... there and there is a room dedicated to him in the chateaux. As the temperature had climbed to 32 we didn't spend much more time in the gardens, long enough though for Charlie and Geoff to spot several large fish in the river. Heading back to the Motorhomes Lidka and Leicester ( who didn't come through the Chateaux as they has seen it before ) met us and told us of the options they had sorted for parking up for the night. ...
Our study abroad group took a trip to see Chenonceau, a beautiful castle on the Cher river. It was amazing to see in person and it might even be my new favorite castle over Villandry (the one with the gorgeous gardens). We took a tour of the castle, and after we had the opportunity to take a row boat out in the river. I went ...
... It was still a wonderful experience, but definitely a workout and when we finally got back to the start point I came out of the boat completely soaking in sweat. Shortly after, Devon and their boat made it back as well and I realized they had the same struggles as us.
After that we rewarded ourselves with some food. I ended up getting some very expensive 5 euro eggs (which I was craving for whatever reason) and some strawberries. Skipped out on the ice ...
This morning was "le pire moment du voyage," the worst moment of the trip: the entrance exam! Beginning right at 9am, the girls sat for a 2.5 hour exam and a 5
minute 'interview' to test oral proficiency. The girls were such troopers and so positive despite the stress of testing and the fatigue from jet-lag.
After the examen, we were given a brief orientation and tour of the ...
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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.