During your luxury trips in Loire Valley, you will stay in Le Choiseul
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.
28 rooms classified into 5 categories located in the three residences which make up Le Choiseul: the Maison de l’Ermite, the Maison du Duc and the Maison de l’Apothicaire.
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.
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.
The chef Mickaël Renard attempts to respect the seasons, and likes to surprise guests with unconventional arrangements. Its cuisine is based on solid basis: the product, seasoning, and right baking.