In 1983, Monsieur Rene Traversac, the owner of Le Choiseul was keeping a close eye on the work taking place on the Château de Divonne near Geneva, when Pierre, his eldest son who had been his right-hand man for about twelve years, became very interested in a hotel for sale in the Val de Loir that had been abandoned for many years. This was Le Choiseul, situated between the Loire and the hillside just at the foot of the famous château d'Amboise. Behind the high solid walls, in the centre of the thick brush of the park, the buildings appeared sound but totally in ruins inside; the renovation work would be considerable but the location was exceptional and the tourist potential significant. He decided to purchase it and take charge of the construction site.
This marvelous property opened its doors in 1985. Le Choiseul is a haven of peace in the town of Amboise. It is a gracious collection of residences built in the 16th and 18th Centuries between the Loire and the terraced gardens bordered by troglodyte caves. An ideal base for those who wish to discover the Loire Valley Castles and savour the area's celebrated cuisine.
Le Choiseul has 32 rooms of 5 different categories, from the most elegant apartment to the most delightful room including junior suites, "Deluxe", "Superior", "Traditional" or "Standard" rooms, located in one of the three residences which make up Le Choiseul: The Maison de l'Ermite, the Maison du Duc and the Maison de l'Apothicaire with pleasant views over the Loire, the Italian garden and the Château d'Amboise.
All the rooms are elegantly decorated in keeping with their location and enjoy modern comforts (WIFI, Flat-screen TV, Hairdryer), minibar and dressing gows.
These rooms are spacious, light and nicely decorated. They offer cozy intimacy in a sophisticated setting with luxury services.
Charming and cozy rooms, some with sloping ceilings and elegant old style exposed beams.
Beautiful and stylish large rooms with a private lounge and terrace. The elegance of the decor emphasises the tasteful ambiance for rediscovering calm and serenity.
Take advantage of the swimming pool, the parking/garage, the large buffet breakfast as well as of all the services of the hotel.
Three residences of the 15th and 17th centuries coexist harmoniously to form the Choiseul: the Hermit House, the House of Duke and the House Apothecary.
Overhanging the Loire below the Royal castle of Amboise, Choiseul is a 18th century house typically from Tours very appreciated for is charm. Refinement and elegance are there.
At the foot of the Royal Castle of Amboise
Italian-style gardens, green and bucolic setting between the Loire and hillside
Lounges on the ground floor
A professional team at your service
Meals cooked by the chef
- Arrival bridegrooms in carriage or classic car or limousine
- Orchestra or DJ
- List of providers available: photographers, floral decoration, musical entertainment, rental of Cadillac
Two reception rooms open onto the gardens
For an intimate wedding: salon Saint-François up to 40 guests
Charles VIII salon up to 80 guests
Cultural & Leisure activities
Amboise Castle, 2 minutes from Choiseul, a Renaissance castle overlooking the Loire. "Sound and Light" Show in July and August.
The Clos Lucé is 2 minutes away. This was the final residence of Leonard de Vinci & contains a collection of some of his inventions
Less than 50km:
Chenonceau Castle 20 kilometres away, exceptional through the richness of its history, built and protected by famous women: Queen Catherine de Medici
Chaumont Castle 20 kilometres away. This castle, overlooking the Loire, hosts the annual garden festival.
Château royal de Blois (35 km), favourite residence of kings and queens of France in the Renaissance period, this castle is a real panorama of the architecture and the history of the Val de Loire.
Château de Cheverny (50 km), the most magnificently-furnished of all the Loire Valley castles.
Chambord Castle, 54 kilometres away, is symbolic of the Renaissance
Buggy Riding 20 kilometres away, an original way to discover the vineyards of the Tours region
Cruise on the Loire in a traditional "gabare" boat, 20 kilometres away
The Hot-air Balloons of France Montgolfiere 30 kilometres away - flights over the Loire Valley
At the foot of a castle overlooking the Loire, Le Choiseul welcomes you for convivial meals and family celebrations.
Wether for intimate gathering or large reception, we can meet all your expectations and put our various lounges at your disposal.
Dining room "Côté Loire"
This lovely bright room of 120m2 located on the 1st floor of the "Maison du Duc", just above the lounge bar and reception. Large windows offer superb views over the Loire.
12 to 100 people
Dining room "Côté jardin"
The garden terrace
In summer, the Italian style gardens of Choiseul become open-air lounge for a cocktail or lunch on the terrace near the rose garden. A dedicated contact will make you discover the hotel and will propose you an offer adapted to your needs
Le Choiseul is made up of three houses dating from the 15th and 18th centuries:
The Maison de l'Ermite: François de Paule, a Calabrian hermit came to Amboise at the request of Louis XI and founded the congregation of the Minimes in the 15th century. The present house is built on the foundations of the old convent.
The Maison du Duc was given by Louis XV to Etienne François Duc de Choiseul, the Minister of Finance and the Army before he, having become rich and important, built a "little Versailles": the Château de Chanteloup, a short distance away.
The Maison de l'Apothicaire in which Jehan de Gastignon, herbalist to Charles VII and Francis 1st, prepared creams and unguents for the ladies of the court. He was given a large part of the property, including the cellars and several "Granaries" which border the back of the estate, by the King. The granaries include 3 rooms, one of which is 90 metres long and 4 silos 4 metres long with double walls which were used to store wheat. They were used as "Tithe Barns". Before the French Revolution, a tenth of the harvest was paid over to the church or the local lord.
At the foot of the Royal Castle of Amboise, a few steps from the old town, "Le 36" restaurant welcomes you in a green setting between Loire and the hillside, lined with troglodyte caves, the mysterious "Greniers de César" is an ideal gourmet stop: fine cuisine and renowned wines.
The dining room "Côté Loire", on the first floor, offers an exceptional panorama and the air conditioning makes it pleasant even in high heat.
The dining room "Côté Jardins" opens directly onto the Italian-style gardens where it is good to have an aperitif as soon as time permits. Service on the terrace on sunny days.
Built between the last wild river in Europe and terraced gardens bordered by troglodyte caves, the "36", Choiseul's restaurant, is a perfect gastronomic stop: fine cuisine and famous wines.
The dining room "Côté Loire" on the first floor offers a magnificent panorama over the Loire. The dining room "Côté jardins" opens directly onto the Italian style gardens where you may enjoy an aperitif during summer.
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Open all day. Lunch: noon to 2 pm. Dinner: 7.30pm to 9pm.
36 Quai Charles Guinot - 37400 Amboise, France
Phone: +33 02 47 30 63 36
Official Website: http://www.le36-amboise.fr/
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