Our luxury hotel in the Touraine (the region is known as the "Garden of France") is within easy reach of fabulous historic and cultural sites as well providing the perfect romantic getaway. At the heart of the Loire Valley, discover fairy-tale surroundings, gourmet delights, and plenty of surprises in the region's many parks and gardens!
In Amboise, take a gentle stroll around the Chateau Royal gardens with their breath-taking view of the Loire Valley, in the Château du Clos Lucé's landscaped park, which invites you discover the genius of Leonardo da Vinci, and on the site of the Pagode the Chanteloup, where, from its 44 m high roof, you can admire the vast forest of Amboise.
The gardens at Villandry perfectly reflect the spirit of the new architectural paradigm adopted during the renaissance, inspired by the Italian gardeners brought over to France by Charles VIII. Discover the three superimposed terraces: the highest is the Water Garden, above the Decorative Garden with its two suites of bushes in flower and the vegetable garden on the lower level - the most original section of the estates, a patchwork of colour, and the Jardin des Simples (a traditional medieval garden).
These magical, inspirational gardens are just 18 km from the Manoir Saint Thomas. At the heart of Chaumont-sur-Loire, where the powerful, thickset Chateau watches over the Valley, visit the park with its installations and exhibitions all year round. The International Festival of Gardens, founded in Chaumont-sur-Loire in 1992 celebrates a selection of gardens in response to a different theme every year. It is a contemporary laboratory, supporting the development of landscape artists around the world.
By the Chateau de Rivau, an authentic medieval fortress, these 14 enchanting gardens take you on a journey through legends and fairytales, such "Tom Thumb's Garden", "Fairies' Alley", "Alice's Labyrinth" and many more. Each garden is inspired by a story which will enchant children and grown-ups alike.
The gardens at Rivau have been listed as a Jardin Remarquableby the Ministry of Cultureand a Conservatoire de la Rose Parfumée. They can be found in Léméré, 10 km from Chinon between Tours and Poitiers.