My fiancee and my parents spent a few days this past winter holiday season visiting castles in the Loire valley. The lodge is run by a very friendly family and we had a wonderful time there. The style of the lodge is definitely charming French country but that is exactly what we were looking for. We had dinner two nights there and both nights
were excellent (the restaurant reviews were partially why I had selected the place and we were not dissapointed). The winter is the slow season so we had a very peaceful stay. There is a garden with a beautifully gnarled tree serving as a gazebo and I can imagine it being lovely in the warmer months. There is free, fast internet, which
I found surprising as other hotels will generally charge. The breakfast is not free but is good and not very expensive but there is also a nice boulangerie right down the street if you want to pick up breads or other baked goods. The hotel is located on the northern bank of the Loire Valley (so North Amboise), which is quieter but directly across
the river you have access to many more restaurants, shops, and open air markets (ask the hostess which days are the markets and she will gladly tell you. We spoke in French with her but her English is also very good.). It is easy to access the main roads, which will take you many of the castles around the area. Chateau d'Amboise (definitely work seeing) and Le Clos Luce (da Vinci's last home) are right in the area and easily toured within the same day. I think the nicest thing about the hotel were how friendly the owners were and their ability to make you feel at home. For instance, there was a balcony attached to our bathroom which would have been great to use in the summer but since it was cold this past winter, she had blocked off the door with an insulating pillow and provided us with an extra space heater. This is very nice place for families and couples looking for a low-key visit with a taste of the local experience.
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