36 Quai Charles Guinot 37400 Amboise − France
Located at the edge of the Loire and at the foot of the Royal Castle of Amboise, homeland of Leonardo da Vinci, the hotel Le Choiseul is a charming house typically from Tours built in 18th century. The hotel enjoys an exceptional location in the heart of the Valley of Loire castles. 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 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: history
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.
La Maison de l'Ermite
House of the Hermit is named François de Paule, Calabrian hermit came to Amboise on the orders of Pope Sixtus IV to respond to the wishes of King Louis XI seriously ill and imploring the blessings of the holy man. François de Paule gathered his new disciples in the "Couvent des Minimes" d'Amboise. The current house was built on the foundations of the former convent.
La Maison du Duc
La Maison du Duc is so named because it was offered to Etienne François Duc de Choiseul by King Louis XV to XVIII century. Later he became rich and important, Minister of Finance and armies, and he had built a "little Versailles " a few miles away : Château de Chanteloup.
In this house Jehan Gastignon, herbalist Charles VII and Francis I prepared creams and ointments for the ladies of the court. The king offered him a large part of the property including cellars dug into the hillside in exchange for his services.
Troglodyte cave (Caesar's Granaries)
These granaries dug into the hillside include three rooms with impressive dimensions: one of them measuring 90 meters in length! There are also 4 silos 4 meters in diameter, double wall, used to store wheat. Until the French Revolution, these places were tithe barns. The tenth crop was piled there before being paid to the church or to the lords.
On 30 November 1984, the Grandes Etapes Françaises were enriched by this eighth establishment which was to open its doors in 1985.
Le Choiseul has 30 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.
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 first floor of the house of the Duke, this charming room is level with the Italian style gardens where you may enjoy an aperitif on sunny days.
20 to 40 people
Salons Saint Francis and Charles VIII
Both lounges are located in the heart of the park, in ground garden of a beautiful half-timbered building in the ramparts of the castle of Amboise. Salon Saint Francis can accommodate up to 40 guests. One can make a fire in winter. The living character of Charles VIII can accommodate up to 80 guests. The two rooms can be joined by opening a double door. 40 to 120 people.
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.
Located below the walls of the Chateau d'Amboise overlooking the Loire, the Choiseul is ideal for visiting the royal castles of the Loire Valley.
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.
. Roasted fillet of duckling cooked with verbena, poached peaches in spicy red wine and summer vegetables
. Quail from Anjou area stuffed with foie gras, raw vegetables with sweet chestnut honey
. Fillet of beef from Aubrac Rossini way, Chinon red wine sauce, potatoes and summer vegetables
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- From North LE MANS (A28 then A10) or PARIS exit the A10, junction 18, "AMBOISE / CHATEAU RENAULT". Take the D31 direction of BLÉRÉ, cross the Loire and turn right just after the bridge.
Direction of AMBOISE, follows the river (right hand) hotel will be on your left (banks of the river) before arriving to the Royal castle.
- From South BORDEAUX (A10 then A85), from West ANGERS /SAUMUR or East VIERZON / BOURGES exit the A85, junction 18 "BLÉRÉ", take the D31 direction of AMBOISE /CHATEAU RENAULT A10.
Berore crossing the Loire, turn right just before the bridge Direction of AMBOISE, follows the river (right hand) hotel will be on your leff (banks of the river) before arriving to the Royal castle.
TGV from Paris-Montparnasse station (1-hour trip). From Roissy airport (1-hour 30 minute trip).
St-Pierre-des-Corps station (12 miles), Amboise (0,6 miles) or Tours Centre (14 miles).
Tours St-Symphorien airport (19 miles).
Amboise-Dierre aerodrome (6 miles).