We spent 4 nights at Le Vieux Manoir in Sept. 2007 and found it delightful. It was our second visit to the Loire and for a different experience opted to stay in a town rather than a countryside chateau hotel. Amboise suited us as did Le Vieux Manoir which offers a quiet and beautiful setting, combination shower/bathtubs, parking, walking distance to many restaurants and a wonderful breakfast. We had the Madame du Barry room on the top floor (2 flights) at the center of the house. We chose this room for price and blue décor and were pleased to find we had an excellent view and only 2 other rooms on our floor.
We were warmly greeted by the Belknaps when we arrived and invited to join everyone in the cellar for a wine tasting offered by Philippe who owns a wine shop in Amboise. We are hardly wine connoisseurs but enjoyed this very much; another guest brought her wine journal for the occasion. After this we walked in the rain to dinner.
In the morning Gloria invited us into the breakfast room overlooking the back garden. Breakfast is served at 9:00 a.m. and if a little early you are welcome to relax in one of the ground floor sitting rooms or in the garden. We were right on time to enjoy fresh fruit juice, fruit, an amazing rustic bread, pastries, yogurt, fantastic granola, tea and coffee. I think there was also been hot chocolate on offer. You might share a table with other guests or not depending on how full the inn is. Although this is not usual our style we enjoyed chatting with the guests we met.
If you are the sort of traveller who wants to get on the road early and pack in as many chateaux as possible into a day’s sightseeing this is not the place for you. But if you want to relax and enjoy a clean, beautiful, historic B&B, pleasant town and quiet evenings you will love Le Vieux Manoir. Please note there are no TVs, telephones or clocks in the rooms and the Belknaps keep two very nice cats who were never seen upstairs near the bedrooms. We found the Belknaps to be friendly, interesting and full of information about the local area.
I loved the du Barry room but if I were to return might book Madame de Lafayette next door. When rooms are unoccupied they are left unlocked so we were able to explore. Neither the photos on the inn’s website nor mine do Lafayette justice.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Step back in time into Le Vieux Manoir, an enchanting 18th century mansion, completely restored in 1999 by an American couple, hidden in the heart of Amboise, a historic village with a celebrated Royal Chateau. The Manoir grounds are surrounded by ancient stonewalls that enclose the exquisite gardens and private secured parking for guests and create a warm and private world. Within a short stroll are over 30 restaurants and numerous charming shops. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Le Vieux Manoir Hotel Amboise