Rue du Cèdre 37530 Amboise − France
Once upon a time in Amboise
A charming castle hotel and gourmet restaurant
Perfectly located on the south bank of the Loire, the castle has watched over the valley for centuries and holds the secrets of some of the finest chapters in French history. A stone’s throw from Amboise, the castle, a 4-star hotel and Michelin starred restaurant, is nestled in a wooded 5 acre park home to traditional French gardens, patios, a market garden and heated pool. Inside, the cosy lounges, refined rooms, gastronomic restaurant... invite you to enjoy a charming stay next to the Loire.
This superb 13th century castle, remodelled during the Renaissance and framed by its two protective towers, is a haven of peace at the heart of the Loire. Here there is everything you need to enjoy an exceptional break with your partner, family or friends.
The Cariou family, proud owners of the hotel since 1989, will welcome you to the laidback environment of the Château de Pray. The teams will offer you a warm and discrete welcome and will help you create a “tailored” stay according to your requests. The Cariou’s daughters will ensure you have a comfortable stay.
A haven of peace in a green paradise overlooking the Loire, Château de Pray, named after Geoffroy de Pray, combines past and present in an idyllic setting just a stone’s throw from Amboise. The 4-star hotel offers 19 rooms combining intimacy and refined décor, authenticity and modernity. The rooms, 15 of which are in the castle, including one suite, and 4 in the Renaissance Pavilion (more modern and on two floors), offer the perfect setting for a peaceful night’s sleep in the heart of the Loire valley.
The hotel has 6 superior rooms, all around 25 m². Located in the castle, on the ground floor, 1st and 2nd floor, with a view of the garden or main courtyard, the rooms (two of which have air conditioning) will win you over with their period furniture. Large four-poster or canopied beds (160x200 cm), sweeping curtains, all the rooms are tastefully decorated and offer every comfort. Modern marble- and wood-clad bathrooms with bathtub and toilet. Two of these rooms can accommodate 3 guests (160X200 cm double bed and 90X190 cm single bed).
The hotel has 5 classic rooms, all around 20 m². Located in the castle, on the ground floor, 1st and 2nd floor, with a view of the garden or main courtyard, the rooms (four of which have air conditioning) are elegant, functional, each with its own style. Modern marble- and wood-clad bathrooms with a two-person bathtub and toilet, except one room with a walk-in shower. Three of these rooms have large double beds (160x200 cm) or twin beds (90x200 cm) and period furniture. Two of these rooms have twin beds (90x200 cm) and a single bed (90x200 cm) to accommodate a third person.
The hotel has a family room around 40 m² in size. Located in the castle, on the 1st floor, with a view of the main courtyard, the air-conditioned family room is made up of two communicating rooms separated by a door. In the first room you will find a large double bed, bathroom with bathtub and a toilet. In the second room there are two small single beds and a shower room.
Located in the castle's East tower, on the 1st and 2nd floors, these 15 m² rooms offer a lovely view over the garden and Loire valley. Commonly referred to as “doll-like” for their cosy and flowery style, these rooms have canopied double beds (150x190 cm). Sweeping curtains and 16th century furniture put the finishing touches to the décor. Marble bathroom with a walk-in shower.
The hotel has a Junior Suite around 40 m² in size. Located in the castle, on the 2nd floor, with a view of the main courtyard, the biggest of our rooms is made up of a large living area combining a lounge and a bedroom. In the lounge area you will find a sofa/chaise longue with a flat-screen TV. The sleeping area is furnished with a large double bed (160x200 cm) and a bathroom with a shower. Modern marble- and wood-clad bathroom with bathtub and separate toilet.
The hotel has 4 rooms in the Renaissance Pavilion, all around 35 m². Located in an annex opposite the castle that opens onto the garden, our resolutely modern rooms are spacious, and each has a private patio. They offer a spectacular view of the chateau and main courtyard. Two of the rooms have a large double bed (180x200 cm) that can be transformed into twin beds (90x200 cm) on the ground floor and a mezzanine under the rafters with a softly lit lounge to relax in. The two other rooms have a large double bed (180x200 cm) that can be transformed into twin beds (90x200 cm) on the ground floor and a mezzanine with two single beds (90x190 cm). Modern bathrooms with a bathtub and separate toilets add to the comfort of our 4 rooms.
The perfect spot for your marriage, or any other event with family or friends, is here at Château de Pray bathed in the light of the Loire Valley. Our 4-star hotel near Amboise offers its unique location to welcome your guests in a bucolic and romantic setting: wooded 5-hectare park with traditional French gardens, terrace facing the Loire, heated and private pool, refined rooms, gourmet restaurant with 80 seats (one star in the Michelin Guide), private lounges each with their own atmosphere, large car park...
Our team at the castle is here to take care of everything so you can enjoy your special day to the fullest, worry-free. Your event will be custom designed to meet your desires.
Château de Pray, a charming and picturesque hotel, is just 2 km from Amboise, 15 minutes from main motorways and 1 hour from Paris by TGV. Beauty, sophistication, history, poetry and delectable flavours await you at the heart of the Touraine region and the châteaux of the Loire Valley.
Our magnificent underground dining room, carved into the tuffeau stone, offers a dream space for your receptions. The hotel’s Orangerie, with its 120 m² and 4 m ceilings, is not lacking in charm or comfort! Its two bay windows with wide arched windows open onto the castle’s main courtyard, letting in natural daylight.
The grand lounge, with its painted ceiling and its coats of arms on the main beam marking the successive owners of the castle, is a unique and cosy setting to entertain your guests. It is furnished with a 17th century tapestry from the famed Gobelins Factory in Paris, period stained glass windows and a monumental fireplace to welcome you in a warm and harmonious environment. The Grand Salon opens onto the south facing terrace opposite the Loire.
This room offering an atypical setting is the castle’s former wine press. It bears witness to the castle’s and the region’s wine-growing past. The Petit Caveau can be used a relaxation area during your receptions. It is also the perfect place for children as it adjoins the Orangerie.
Our salon’s cosy atmosphere is ideal for small gatherings. Its refined ambiance is a sight to behold. Decorated with stained glass, Gobelins tapestries and a 19th century Prussian fireplace adorned with earthenware depicting mythological themes, it can seat up to 16 people. The Petit Salon opens onto the castle’s terrace and the gardens.
Located in the Loire Valley, Château de Pray welcomes you on a voyage of discovery in this amazing region, designated as a world heritage site by UNESCO. Loved for its alluring landscapes, the Loire Valley is known worldwide for the grandeur of its castles. From our hotel, you are no more than 5 minutes from the royal city of Amboise where you can discover its magnificent castle and the Clos Lucé, Leonardo da Vinci’s last home.
Nearby, you can visit the royal castle of Amboise, the castles of Chenonceau, Chaumont-sur-Loire and its park that plays host to the annual International Garden Festival, Cheverny, Blois, Chambord... To admire them from a unique vantage point, don’t hesitate to take a trip aboard a barge (gabare) or canoe on the Loire or get a real bird’s eye view in a hot air balloon, a microlight or a helicopter.
After visiting these jewels in our French heritage, enjoy some of the other riches in our beautiful valley by taking the Loire Valley wine route. Along this route you will discover many vineyards, visit troglodyte wine cellars and taste wines including Chinon, Bourgueil, Vouvray, Montlouis-sur-Loire... You can also discover the Loire Valley’s beautiful landscapes on bike or even on horseback from our hotel.
The magnificent historic city of Amboise is just 5 minutes from our hotel. Crossed by the Loire, the town charmed many French sovereigns who furnished and gradually extended the stunning royal fortress. While it was Charles VIII who undertook the most beautiful constructions, François I is probably the most famous king to have lived in the castle. It was he who invited Leonardo da Vinci to stay in the Clos Lucé, near the fortress, associating both of their names with the city of Amboise for evermore.
When you visit the royal castle, enjoy the magnificent gardens that surround it. You will also discover the Naples terrace and its three belvederes, the landscaped gardens and the Oriental garden. To extend this pleasant walk, head to Chanteloup castle, at the top of the town, to view a surprising curiosity: the 44-metre-tall pagoda that dominates the park.
During your stay at the hotel, you will have the opportunity to enjoy many walks around Amboise to discover all its riches. On Sunday mornings you can enjoy the delightful atmosphere of the market, which is one of the biggest in the region. You can also take in the sights on a boat trip or even visit the Grand Aquarium de Touraine.
In an ideal location, surrounded by the Loire castles, 2 km from the royal city of Amboise in a bucolic park overlooking the river, Château de Pray provides the perfect setting for a decidedly gourmet journey! Its gastronomic restaurant, which has earned a Michelin star, invites you to discover a subtle cuisine with flavours from near and far in an atypical location: a spacious and light partially underground dining room.
A feast for the eyes! Our restaurant, just a stone’s throw from Amboise, welcomes you to our beautiful troglodyte dining room, L’Orangerie. This unique 120 m² room is 4 metres in height with a stone ceiling carved into the hillside. Its two bay windows with wide arched windows open onto the castle’s main courtyard, letting in natural daylight. Our team will be delighted to welcome you whatever the season to discover the gastronomic cuisine of our Chef Arnaud Philippon.
Then comes the real feast! Chef Arnaud Philippon and his team will take you on a culinary journey that is sure to delight you! With a diploma in hospitality, Arnaud Philippon learned the ropes in Alsace at the Michelin-starred hotel Hostellerie du Rosenmeer. After a stint in Brittany, he spent 2 years in Brussels at the renowned restaurant Comme Chez Soi, with 2 Michelin stars, before joining Château de Pray in 2010. He assisted Frédéric Brisset before taking his place as head chef. Arnaud Philippon’s talent can be seen in his subtle, punchy and original cuisine. To accompany your meal, our sommelier will be happy to help you choose from our fine selection of wines.
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* From PARIS:
Highway A10 / Direction ORLÉANS – TOURS – BLOIS.
Exit n°18 AMBOISE-CHATEAURENAULT. Then D31 direction AMBOISE.
* From TOURS:
D751 direction AMBOISE (left bank), through Amboise then look for “CHARGE” 2 km drive.
Tours airport (25 km away).
Paris Montparnasse/Saint Pierre des Corps by TGV(1 hour).
Paris Austerlitz/ Amboise by train (2:30).