We spent a beautiful autumn Sunday at the Château de Perreux. If I had to describe this experience in one word, it would be cocooning.
This beautiful house located less than 10 minutes from Amboise is a haven of peace, decorated with taste and simplicity. A walk in the park and the forest complete this "weekend in the country" experience!
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This review is completely independent, we stayed anonymously and paid our bill in full.
Why stay at the Château de Perreux
The neighboring town of Amboise is quite lively and very touristy with its 3 star castles and you may want some peace and quiet after your visits. Less than 10 minutes away by car, this small Louis XIII style castle offers you a beautiful enchanted interlude.
The house has something to surprise you (pleasantly), between its troglodytic first floor (dug in the rock), its magnificent wooden frame (if you have like us the chance to sleep under the roof), its beehives in the park which provide the breakfast table...
The rooms are spacious and ultra-comfortable, a real invitation to relax with a good book ... And we love it!
After breakfast served by the fire, put on a pair of boots (provided by the hotel), to discover the park of the castle of 5 hectares irrigated by the Ciss, but also the forest, with its surprising Bollée windmill (named after its inventor Ernest-Sylvain Bollée). As early as the end of the 19th century, this wind turbine used the wind to extract water to supply the greenhouses, the aquarium and the vegetable garden of the castle!
The castle has only 11 rooms, so it is advisable to book as soon as possible to enjoy this beautiful haven of peace in the countryside.
Is the Château de Perreux worth it? Our review
We loved our stay at the castle and honestly wish we could have stayed longer... We were so comfortable under the roof, protected from the biting cold, admiring the peaceful countryside, enjoying the charm of the building, all magnified by a discreet but refined decoration...
And Olivier, the owner, and his staff, were very helpful to us. A long discussion on the comparative advantages of the Nordic bath and the swimming pool, advice on hotels and restaurants in the Loire... You can feel the passion for (good) hospitality of the man who traded his career in medical equipment for that of a hotelier!
Decoration and atmosphere
The decoration is discreet and contemporary. The interest of the place is really based on its setting, its troglodytic first floor, its beautiful wooden frame and its fireplaces, it is advisable to leave them the star!
However, this does not prevent the rooms and the lobby from having some beautiful pieces, with a special mention for the various lighting fixtures that we really appreciated.
In the room, the most beautiful piece was without context the open bathtub that offers you an extraordinary experience in this cozy setting. We loved it!
The castle was built in 1701, but totally redesigned in the 19th century by François Valentin Thomas. The latter, collaborator of the famous Baron Hausmann (prefect of the Seine and builder of modern Paris), transformed it into a Louis XIII style castle.
In 2011, Olivier and Véronoique Fructus, already owners of the castle of Nazelles (ancient seigniory of the XVIth century) renovate and transform the castle of Perreux into a charming hotel.
The story doesn't end there, work is underway to create troglodytic rooms with a view of the valley and to rehabilitate the magnificent glass roof.
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No buffet for once. Breakfast is served on the table in the beautiful dining room (remember to admire the ceiling).
By the fire, you will appreciate all the more the "homemade" products: the (good) honey comes from the park's beehives, the pear-cinnamon jam is made in the castle's kitchen and the faisselle is just excellent.
Special mention for the fresh fruit salad with autumnal flavors.
The hotel has a beautiful outdoor heated swimming pool measuring 19 meters long and 8 meters wide.
In season, the hotel is a table d'hôtes, with a chef who cooks good local products exclusively for the hotel's guests. The vegetables even come from the castle's vegetable garden for an ultra short circuit!
Without being in the luxury business, we are still at the top of the range. A price that is consistent with the quality of the accommodation and the great experience you will have. We opted for the privilege room number 9 (and we highly recommend it).
Practical information about the Château de Perreux
Type of accommodation
Where is the Château de Perreux
- Driving time from Nantes: 2 h 35
- Driving time from Angers: 1 h 45
- Driving time from Tours : 30 mn
- Driving time from Blois: 35 mn
- Driving time from Orleans: 1 h 15
How to get there
The castle being a little bit far from Amboise, we advise you to come by car.
You can also come by train, the Amboise station is only 6 minutes away from the castle. You will need to take a TGV to Tours and then take a regional express train(see timetables and book your train ticket).
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- Choose a fairly compact car (many villages have narrowed the road).
- Think aboutfull insurance (parking in big cities is really tight).
- There is a lot of demand, book it early.
The hotel has a free private parking lot equipped with 2 Tesla charging stations.
Is Château de Perreux family friendly?
Very clearly, yes! The atmosphere is very friendly and no doubt they will enjoy the pool and the large park.
The hotel has a family suite and a quadruple room to accommodate you and your children without difficulty.
Our top 3 things to do in and around Amboise
The Royal Castle of Amboise
Located on a rocky spur, 40 meters above the Loire River, the royal castle of Amboise has a particularly rich history. It was in turn, royal residence of Charles VIII, burial place of Leonardo da Vinci, prison of the Algerian Emir Abd El-Kader ... The gardens and the dwelling bear witness to this rich past and offer beautiful views of the royal river and the city.
Le clos Lucé
Clos Lucé was the last home of the Italian genius, Leonardo da Vinci, who died there on May 2, 1519. In addition to the visit of this historic house, the gardens have been transformed into a mini-park of attractions that highlight the contribution of the Master, both to Science and to Art. Exciting!
The castle of Chenonceau
20 minutes from Amboise, don't miss the extraordinary castle of Chenonceau. It is our absolute favorite of the Loire Valley. It is for us the castle of all superlatives, both for its arches that span the Cher, for its furniture and its extraordinary works of art, for its gardens so varied and bright ...
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Our top 3 places to eat in and around Amboise
La Brêche - best gastronomic restaurant
On the other bank of the Loire, one of our best, if not our best table in the Loire. In an old bourgeois house from 1880, the chef Jérôme Berthelot and his daughter Justine, pastry chef, will treat you to a creative cuisine that sublimates the local products. As for the presentation of the dishes, the show is there from the appetizers to the mignardises that accompany the coffee! Just crazy!
Le Maître d'Art - best restaurant for a healthy and light lunch
A very small restaurant located just in front of the entrance to Le Clos Lucé, the last home of the great Leonardo da Vinci. Here, we eat homemade, local and gourmet food. The Touraine salad invites you to a journey through the local goat's cheese, while the caramel brioche takes you back to childhood... We love it!
- Discover the menu of the restaurant Le Maître d'Art
Les Arpents - best restaurant in downtown
In the heart of the city, near the entrance of the castle, the restaurant Les Arpents is surprising. In a very simple atmosphere, the kitchen allows itself points of madness worthy of the best tables. There we discovered the "pink king" net. Not an illustrious deceased king of France, but a pig from Tourraine! We tasted it grilled on the flame, accompanied by a creamy potato and dry goat cheese. Slurp...
- Discover the menu of the restaurant Les Arpents