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“The Perfect Place to Stay in Amboise”
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La Porte Bleue vue depuis l'autre rive, au pied du château.
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La Porte Bleue vue depuis l'autre rive, au pied du château.
Depuis le pont
Vue du haut du château
L'enseigne sous la neige
Gîte du premier étage : vue d'ensemble avec le séjour et les 2 chambres au fond
Depuis le coin cuisine
Vue depuis l'autre angle : la porte d'entrée, celle de la salle d'eau
Le coin cuisine
Juste en face du château...
Cuisine complètement équipée
Chambre coté Loire : le Velux semble encadrer le château
Seconde chambre sur cour
Salle d'eau avec toilettes fermées
Lavabo
Gîte du rez-de-chaussée : la Loire est toute proche, le château juste en face
Vue de tout le rez-de-chaussée
Gîte du rez-de-chaussée
La Porte Bleue est tout en haut de la photo, à droite
Coucher de soleil sur le château : photo prise devant la maison
Soir d'orage devant la maison
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Overview
Condo/Apartment -
2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 5
Amboise, Indre-et-Loire, Centre-Val de Loire

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stanbinni...
Arcata, California
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“The Perfect Place to Stay in Amboise”
Reviewed 6 July 2017 for a stay in May 2017
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person found this review helpful

My wife and I stayed in the ground floor La Porte Bleue apartment for 4 nights in May 2017. Chantal was very helpful in providing information about the local area and could converse very well in English. The apartment had a very well appointed kitchen, a nice bathroom, a comfortable bed and a great view of the chateau. The view at night was also impressive when the chateau was bathed in lights. We really enjoyed the bicycles that were provided. We rode them every day including a trip by bike to see the Chenonceau chateau. The local open air market provided outstanding fresh fruits and vegetables that we used in preparing our meals at the apartment. The train station was very close by which was nice for us as we arrived and departed on the train. All in all it was a perfect place to stay in Amboise. We could not have had a better place to stay.

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Management Response
7 Jul 2017
Thank you very much Stan and Kim, it's a so lovely review.
Take care and be happy !
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JMK456
Chicago, Illinois
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Phenomenal”
Reviewed 14 May 2017 for a stay in May 2017
1
person found this review helpful

I have thought about what to write regarding Chantal and her wonderful home that could do it justice, but the perfect words are hard to find.
I stayed on the 1st floor of the Blue Door May 11th and 12th and words just can’t describe it. We toured through France for 2 weeks and the Blue Door was the second to last place we stayed before heading home. I tried to live in the moment while we travelled, but my mind kept going back the picture I saw on line of the blue door - in the kitchen with the view of the castle. I just kept picturing myself sitting there drinking coffee and looking out the window…and then one day, there I was, right in the picture!
It was as outstanding as I had imagined; from the perfect location, to the perfect home, to the perfect Chantal.
On to practical matters.
Two nights isn’t even close to long enough.
I was concerned about parking, but there is plenty of parking about 50 ft away.
There were 2 twin beds in the bedroom and another bed in the living room that could be used as a bed or a couch. The beds were really comfortable. I slept like a rock.
The bedroom faces a courtyard and is about 10 feet from the ground so I felt at ease leaving the windows open as we slept.
There is heat if you get chilled.
Everything is close by. Chantal showed us some restaurants on the map, but I never got around to going to one at night because the house was like the perfect restaurant. I couldn’t have had a better view or experience anywhere else. The kitchen was well equipped and I picked up some groceries and we ate in both nights and loved it.
Chantal even let us use the washing machine which was so appreciated at the end of a long trip when you’ve already gone through your “A” list clothes.
If you have a car, there are restaurants on the way to some of the chateaus that are built into the mountain – so interesting. They’re called Cave’s and they have an assortment of wines

I would be so happy to stay here again if only to see Chantal’s brilliant smile. She’s the kind of person you hope lives forever because the world is a brighter and better place with her in it.
One more thing, it rained the last night and then the sun came out and there was a huge beautiful rainbow over the chateau and the water that we could watch out the kitchen widow and I could only imagine that if I was on the other side of the river looking toward the island, the rainbow would be above the island and end at the Blue Door.

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Visit was for: Leisure
Travelling group: Family
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Management Response
20 May 2017
Oh thank you so much ! It's a so lovely review !
Chantal
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Helen C
Bowral, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
83 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“A wonderful place to stay!”
Reviewed 31 January 2017 for a stay in November 2016
1
person found this review helpful

Our group of 4 adults stayed in the upstairs apartment that has 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom. The apartment is in the most spectacular position, on a small island in the middle of the Loire. The view of the chateau and the town directly opposite is fantastic. At night it is lit up and so beautiful! the apartment is comfortable with plenty of space for 4 people. Everything is well equipped and the host is charming and very helpful. It was cold when we were there but the heating was good. It is a very short walk across the bridge to the shops and restaurants of the town. There is a small bar just around the corner if you just want a drink and simple food. Amboise is a great centre to visit the chateaux of the Loire valley. My only warning would be don't rent the upstairs if you can't manage stairs easily. Otherwise, this place is highly recommended!

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sailorman...
Beaufort, North Carolina
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Location, Location, Location!”
Reviewed 19 November 2016 for a stay in September 2016
1
person found this review helpful

During a month-long visit to France in September, my wife and I spent four nights in the downstairs apartment of Chantal Salvaudon's wonderful La Porte Blue. What a very special treat it was!!!! From its perfect location on an island in the middle of the Loire directly across from the magnificent Chateau d'Amboise, to its welcoming, warm and spotlessly clean interior, to its comfortable bed and fully equipped kitchen, and on and on and on; you can't say enough positives about this place! Added to the accommodation is Chantal's incredibly warm and welcoming greeting on your arrival. And, throughout your stay, she is ready and willing to offer assistance and advice when/if needed. She is a font of local knowledge. Too, nearby on the island, and should you be tired and/or simply prefer not to cook or go further, there are two very satisfactory places to eat within a very short walk from La Porte Bleue.
As you can tell, we loved our visit to Amboise, and loved our stay at La Porte Bleue. Thank you, Chantal, for sharing your former home with us!

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Liked best: Location
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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MorgunnLu...
Lucas, OH
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Chantal's Magical Blue Door”
Reviewed 12 October 2016 for a stay in September 2016
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person found this review helpful

We stayed the last two weeks in September 2016 on the upper floor of La Porte Bleue. It was wonderful from the moment charming Chantal met us at the train station until she dropped us off again for our return to Paris. Amboise is a beautiful town with much to see and do -- the magnificent castle, Clos-Luce and Leonardo, Chateau Gaillard, lovely churches, the amazing weekly market, the Chanteloup Pagoda, nearby chateaux, bike rides, boat trips, walks along the Loire River, and more. Two things made our stay in Amboise so marvelous: Chantal and La Porte Bleue. The view of the castle and sound of the river outside the window cast a magical spell over us -- it was difficult to leave and go touristing each day! The apartment is comfortable, well-equipped, and convenient to everything. Chantal is just across the street if any questions/problems arise. She is a jewel and is treasured throughout Amboise. Everyone knows her and her electric bike! We highly recommend a hot air balloon ride with Touraine-Montgolfiers (tickets sold next to the castle). The train station is an easy walk from the apartment for day-trips to Chinon and Blois. But Amboise and La Porte Bleue are so special, you might not go anywhere! We have only grand memories of La Porte Bleue and are already planning a return visit to Amboise. Without doubt, we will stay again with Chantal.

Visit was for: Leisure
Travelling group: Couples
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Management Response
9 Nov 2016
Thank you very much K. and W. for this lovely comment. You have been lovely guests, I won't forget you.
So happy if you come back... Maybe. Take care, be happy !
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brian d
Mount Maunganui, New Zealand
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Excellent accomm”
Reviewed 4 September 2016 for a stay in September 2016
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people found this review helpful

Great value for money and top view of chateaux and amboise
Very helpful with local info and well equipped gite
Would recommend

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NJ
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Our favorite stay on our recent trip to France”
Reviewed 16 June 2016 for a stay in June 2016
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people found this review helpful

Myself, my husband and my 3 adult children recently stayed her on our 2 week trip to France. We only had one night to stay and had a late arrival. Despite a bit of miscommunication as how to gain entry arriving so late, the owner was accommodating and wonderful in every way. Even when we had to wake up the owner at 4am (after searching for the key and correct door for 2 hours - partly our own fault - we did not have a local phone to contact her), she greeted us with a cherry smile and a look of understanding. The place is just beautiful, with every convenience you could ask for. The rooms are warm and cozy (the bedding is warm and toasty!) and the view across the river is simply breathtaking. The old city is right across the river and we could not have asked for a nice accommodation. Five stars! :-)

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Liked best: The beautifully convenient location and the friendliness of our host
Liked least: A bit confusing to find with a late check-in, but no problem if you have a local phone
Travelling group: Other
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
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Management Response
17 Jun 2016
Thank you very much ! I can't forget your arrival... And I hope you can come back for a longer stay ! Maybe...?
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