36 Quai Charles Guinot 37400 Amboise − France
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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.
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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).