FERRY & HOTEL
The Originals Domaine de la Tortinière, Tours - Veigné
France > Loire Valley > VEIGNE
Rising majestically above the Indre valley in the heart of châteaux countryclose to Tours is this unashamedly romantic 19thC manor house. Family run it sits amidst vast wooded parkland where pretty pink and white cyclamen carpets the ground from August to December and huge ancient trees provide the backdrop for lovely walks around the serene and interesting surrounds. There's a heated outdoor pool (mid Apr-mid Oct) and a tennis court for those who like to keep active or why not borrow the hotel's rowing boat and go for a trip upriver before spending time in the sauna or having a relaxing massage. Inside the décor is elegant and, together with antique furniture and impressive artwork, the ambience is one of refined luxury and tranquility. Attractive bedrooms are in the main building as well as 4 small pavilions (all within 100m of the main château) and, tastefully individual, they are air conditioned for comfort and have large beds and mini bar. The chef is a Maitre Restaurateur so everything is made on site using fresh produce and there is a bistro menu as well as a gourmet version plus vegans are catered for too. Those who stay here - and few who pass by can resist - find every expectation fulfilled with the quality of service and cuisine provided as this a truly marvellous place to relax.