I spent two weeks in France with my parents and brother. The last part of our trip was spent in the Loire Valley with two nights at the Manoir de la Maison Blanche at the edge of Amboise. It was a great place to relax and breathe at the end of our tour. It is a lovely converted farmhouse with great ambience – exactly what we hoped to find based on the descriptions we had read.
The large property is lovely and peaceful – the only sound at night is the chirping tree frogs. The courtyard has numerous chaises and chairs set out for guests to enjoy the great surroundings.
We appreciated the kitchen facility (fridge, kettle, microwave, dishes & cutlery) that is available to guests. By that point in our trip, we were a bit tired of eating at restaurants so instead we bought groceries one night and take out pizza the next so that we could spend more time on the property. With access to the fridge (and ice) we could sit in the garden with chilled drinks and watch the sun go down.
I also liked the lay out of the B&B, which is more like a mini-motel. The rooms are in converted outbuildings so there was no sense that I was tiptoeing through someone’s house, which is why I am sometimes reluctant to stay in B&Bs. It also means that almost every room has direct access to the courtyard area. After a series of hotel rooms, I enjoyed the easy access to outside.
My brother and I had a large room on the ground floor with a full table and chairs (we reserved this one because it had two beds – one queen and one good-sized twin). The room was great - full bathroom (but no tub) with a separate WC. The room was large enough to include a large round dining table with four chairs. My parents were in a recently converted room on the “first” (in NA 2nd) floor, with a small, shared sitting room, also lovely.
My only caution would be that if you have any serious mobility issues, go with a ground floor room as the varying stairs to upstairs rooms could be a challenge.
Annick the hostess is charming and very friendly. Breakfast was the typical continental breakfast with lovely breads, homemade jam and plenty of coffee (very important to my start in the morning).
The Manoir was a hit for all four of us. Our only regret was that we couldn’t stay another night.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Le Manoir de la Maison Blanche has spacious rooms at your disposal, with private bath and toilets, TV, Wi-Fi access in the rooms...Perfect for discovering the Loire, its castles such as Chambord (the largest Loire Valley chateau with the biggest wooded park in Europe), Blois, Chenonceau, Cheverny, Azay le Rideau, as well as the International Garden Festival in Chaumont sur Loire, the Villandry castle gardens and the Langeais fortress. Check-in between 4:30pm and 8pm. Outside of this time you must call in advance or write an email. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Manoir De La Maison Blanche Hotel Amboise