My wife and I and my inlaws spent only one night at Le Clos de l'Hermitage during our visit to the Loire Valley castle region, but honestly, I wish we'd have stayed a little longer. It was one of the most unique bed and breakfast experiences I've had and my favourite stay during our vacation to France.
First of all, you're sleeping in a cave. I know, sounds weird and creepy right? But our hosts who own the B&B remodelled everything in this cave so that there is a large entrance where breakfast is served in the morning, an indoor pool, and four beautifully decorated Tahitian style bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms. There is only one room that has a window, but if you know ahead of time that you're staying in a cave, you probably aren't expecting to have one, nor will you mind.
Again, it's a cave, so the ambient temperature is about the same all year long. So in summer months, it will feel cooler and in the winter months, warmer. It's also fairly humid in there so you might have a bit of that humidity smell. But the owners do have little air fresheners in each of the rooms and we really didn't have any issues with that. There are heaters as well if you get a little chilly but my wife and I and my inlaws were fine with everything. Keep in mind, part of the reason you stay here is for the whole troglodyte experience.
Breakfast was very good. The usual croissants, bread, yoghurt, coffee, tea, juice, etc. We were originally planning to take a hot air balloon ride which departed early in the morning before breakfast was served and the owners were going to leave us a little to-go bag for our excursion. However, the balloon trip got cancelled due to high winds. Still, it was nice to know we were being taken care of.
If you're planning to visit the castles in this part of France, make a stop at this B&B. It really is a unique experience that will be among the highlights you talk about when you get home from your trip.
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- In the earth of Loire Valley, Real Troglodyte House with heated swimming pool.Beautiful garden, quiet...Near Amboise castle. ... more less
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