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Gardens, Chateaux & Landscapes of the Loire Valley

A week long visit to the remarkable ‘Garden of France’ region with Rosemary Legrand staying at Chateau d’Artigny

  • 7 September 2020
  • Garden
  • Chateau de Villandry

Once of great strategic importance, kings, queens, dukes and nobles came to the Loire Valley to establish Feudal castles which were later remodeled as pleasure palaces for the aristocracy, and the region is now legendary for these enchantingly beautiful chateaux and their exquisite formal gardens. We have combined both these facets in our new tour which offers the opportunity to see a selection of diverse gardens at a most optimum time to experience the palette of brilliant colour from the autumn flowers, foliage and ornamental vegetables.

Our programme will include guided trips to the Loire’s most splendid gardens as well as to some of the region’s highlights including the ancient royal fortress of Angers Castle which houses the incredible Apocalypse Tapestry. This large French Medieval tapestry shows the Apocalypse according to the Revelation of Saint John and is the oldest to have survived. There are also charming towns and villages to be discovered along the way as we journey through the beautiful, gentle landscapes and of course we will sample the gastronomic delights of the region too.

For our stay we will be based at the wonderful Chateau d’Artigny and when not exploring there will be free time to relax and enjoy the hotel’s facilities and extensive grounds. Throughout the week we will be joined by horticultural expert Rosemary Legrand who will provide enlightening talks and escort us to the region’s most alluring gardens that she has personally selected for our visit.

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Chateau d’Artigny

Chateau d’Artigny

Surrounded by over 50 acres of parkland which features a French garden, marble statues and trompe l’oeil frescoes, the majestic Chateau d’Artigny is the ideal base for our exploration of the Loire. Commissioned by the famous Corsican perfumer Francois Coty, the modern-day chateau was built during the 1920s on the site of the original castle, which dated back to the Hundred Years’ War. The chateau was occupied by German troops during the Second World War and used as an outreach facility to care for the wounded before being converted into a luxury hotel in 1961. Over the years the chateau has hosted many distinguished guests including Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, who stayed at the property in 1963.

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Itinerary

  • Chateau de Chenonceau
  • Apocalypse Tapestry, Angers
  • Chateau de Villandry

Day 1 London Gatwick to Nantes, France.

Fly by scheduled flight from London to Nantes. Arrive in the early afternoon and, following the course of the Loire upriver, transfer to Chateau d’Artigny. The chateau, a former Belle Epoque castle, is located just south of Tours and will be the base for our seven night stay. Enjoy dinner at the hotel this evening. (D)

Day 2 Tours.

After breakfast a short transfer from the hotel brings us to beautiful Medieval Tours. Here we will visit the Prieure de St Cosme which offers a charming and contemplative setting for an enchanting modern garden built around the ruins of the Monastery in honour of the 16th century Prior and poet Pierre de Ronsard. Explore the eight stepped sections of garden over three terraces, amongst them the Pink Garden, Cut Flower Garden, Francis Poulenc Garden, Velvet Garden and Cloister Garden. Of particular note are the 75 ancient varieties of fruit planted in the orchard. Following some free time for lunch in the historic city centre, continue on to the nearby Jardin Botanique, a 14-acre site that includes glasshouses, a herb garden and plant order beds classified according to the evolution of vegetable families. There are numerous perennial plants to discover including an impressive peony collection and an arboretum of over 200 trees that includes a champion Gingko Biloba, one of the largest in Europe. The Jardin des Simples features medicinal and poisonous plants divided into dyes, narcotics and medicinal usage. We will also explore the ‘Biodivers’ greenhouses to see the Flora of South Africa and the Flora of Tropical Undergrowth Exhibition. Return to the hotel in the late afternoon and enjoy a talk by Rosemary before dinner. (B, D)

Day 3 Amboise & Villandry.

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before we head further up the Loire Valley to Amboise, home to the Chateau de Clos Luce, the last residence of Leonardo de Vinci prior to his death there in 1519. A guided tour reveals the rooms and studios he inhabited, and the impressive on-site museum illustrates his achievements in experimental science. We will also explore the Leonardo da Vinci Park, home to life size copies of the creations that Leonardo the engineer, Tours painter and architect constructed. After a local lunch we drive west to the Chateau de Villandry, a real highlight of the programme and the last of the great chateaux of the Loire to be built during the Renaissance. We will have time to explore the six different gardens within the 12 splendid acres of the site, which were restored over a period of eighteen years by the Spaniard Joachim Carvalho following his purchase of the chateau in 1906. Return to the hotel in the late afternoon in time for a further talk from Rosemary before dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Angers.

This morning head west to the city of Angers, which has existed since Roman times on the banks of the Maine, a major tributary of the Loire. Visit the imposing castle whose massive Medieval fortifications are punctuated by 17 towers and are surrounded by impressive parterre gardens at its base. The castle also houses the famous Tapestry of the Apocalypse, commissioned by the Duke of Anjou in 1375 and with a total length of 100 yards it is an exceptional piece of Medieval art. After the visit enjoy some free time for lunch and independent exploration of the historic city centre before spending the afternoon at two of Angers’ horticultural treasures. Explore the English-style Jardins des Plantes, where we hope to see the chrysanthemums in flower, before we continue on to the Arboretum Gaston Allard, home to over 4000 specimens and a national collection of hydrangeas. (B, D)

Day 5 Chaumont-sur-Loire.

A short transfer this morning brings us to Chaumont-sur-Loire, home to a pale stone Renaissance chateau overlooking the river, whose grounds have staged the International Garden Festival (France’s biggest) since 1992. Garden designers from around the world compete to design one of the 30 or so show gardens in the grounds of the castle. Explore both the chateau and Festival grounds at your own pace today and take lunch independently at one of the many on-site catering outlets. After a busy day exploring, we escape the crowds and make a brief stop at the Chateau et Jardins de Valmer where we enjoy a wine tasting on the High Terrace, affording us spectacular views of the tiered gardens, vineyard and the Brenne Valley. (B, D)

Day 6 Montlouis-sur-Loire & Chenonceaux.

We continue our exploration of the gardens of the Loire with a morning visit to the Chateau de la Bourdaisiere in Montlouis-sur-Loire, a restored Renaissance castle set in 55 acres of beautiful gardens. Enjoy the dahlia displays, visit the Tuscan-style pavilion and the 19th century walled kitchen garden where we hope to sample some of the produce. After a local lunch, transfer to the fairy-tale beauty of the Chateau de Chenonceau, one of the most photographed and visited chateaux of the Loire Valley. Surrounded by ancient hunting woods, the estate was given by King Henry II of France in 1547 to his mistress Diane de Poitiers, who set about the planting of the extensive flower and vegetable gardens. Following the death of the king, his widow Catherine claimed Chenonceau for herself and added to the beauty of the site by creating the Catherine de Medici Garden. In later years the chateau saw service as a hospital in the Great War and found itself straddling the border of Vichy France and the occupied territories in World War II, the River Cher being the demarcation line. During our visit we will tour the chateau, gardens, and the Carriage and Hospital Museums. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Chambord.

Our touring concludes with magnificent Chambord, the undisputed jewel in the crown of the Renaissance chateaux of the Loire and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1981. Commissioned by King Francis I in 1519 and originally intended as a hunting lodge, it was only partially completed by the time of his death in 1547, and construction continued throughout the reigns of Henry II and Louis XIV. Set in Europe’s largest enclosed woodland park (by a 20-mile-long wall), its five acres of formal gardens are a delight to explore but are utterly eclipsed in scale by the huge scale of the chateau itself. The enormity of the building is breathtaking with its 426 rooms, 77 staircases and 282 fireplaces forming part of one of the largest construction projects of the Renaissance. Our full day tour will give ample time for independent exploration following a guided tour of the chateau and gardens. Perhaps climb up to the roof terrace for spectacular views of the estate and the chance to see the impressive towers, turrets and chimneys up close. The gardens in their present form date from 1750 but were badly neglected in the period following the French Revolution and what you see today is the result of a huge replanting project that started in 2016. Return to the hotel in the late afternoon and enjoy a farewell dinner this evening. (B, D)

Day 8 Montbazon, Nantes to London Gatwick.

After breakfast at the hotel transfer to Nantes Airport for our return scheduled flight to London. (B)

  • Chateau de Chambord
  • Tours
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Dates and Prices

Prices per person based on double occupancy
7 to 14 September 2020
Category Price
Tradition Room £2995
Superior Room £3195
Deluxe Room £3395
Junior Suite £3645
Tradition Room for sole use £3695
Superior Room for sole use £3895
Deluxe Room for sole use £4095

Tour Reference Code: LACHATEAUX

PRICE INCLUDES: Economy class scheduled air travel • Seven nights accommodation at Chateau d’Artigny • Meals as indicated (B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner) • Wine, beer & soft drinks with dinner • Tour Manager • Guest Speaker • Excursions as described with local guides • Gratuities • Transfers • Airport taxes.

Not Included: Travel insurance.

NB: All of the excursions involve extended periods of walking including steps and over uneven terrain. We therefore do not recommend this tour for those with walking difficulties.

Group Size: We are restricting the group size to just 25 participants.

Chateau d’Artigny

Surrounded by over 50 acres of parkland which features a French garden, marble statues and trompe l’oeil frescoes, the majestic Chateau d’Artigny is the ideal base for our exploration of the Loire. Commissioned by the famous Corsican perfumer Francois Coty, the modern-day chateau was built during the 1920s on the site of the original castle, which dated back to the Hundred Years’ War. The chateau was occupied by German troops during the Second World War and used as an outreach facility to care for the wounded before being converted into a luxury hotel in 1961. Over the years the chateau has hosted many distinguished guests including Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, who stayed at the property in 1963.

 
  • Chateau d’Artigny
    Chateau d’Artigny
  • The bar
    The Bar
  • The Restaurant
    The Restaurant
  • Deluxe Room
    Deluxe Room
  • Junior Suite
    Junior Suite
  • Chateau d’Artigny
    Chateau d’Artigny
  • Your Room

    Your Room

    For our stay we will be accommodated within the main building which features elegantly decorated rooms offering marvellous views over the Indre and its valley, the French garden, the chateau or the park. All of the rooms feature complimentary Wi-Fi, hairdryer, minibar, tea and coffee making facilities and a safe. There are four room categories as follows but please note that, due to the unique nature of the property, rooms within the same category may vary in style and features.

    Tradition Room: These rooms measure 20 square metres and are beautifully decorated with uninterrupted views over the Indre Valley or the park. The tradition rooms have a fixed double bed.

    Superior Room: Tastefully decorated with wonderful period furniture, the superior rooms offer views of the French garden, the park or the Indre Valley. These rooms measure 22 square metres and can be configured as a double or twin.

    Deluxe Room: Spacious and elegant, the deluxe rooms feature stylish furniture and tastefully chosen wall coverings. Measuring 24 square metres, these large rooms have wonderful views over the Indre Valley, the French garden or the estate woods. Deluxe rooms can be configured as a double or twin.

    Junior Suite: The luxurious and spacious junior suites measure 30 square metres and offer a cosy atmosphere with an attractive view overlooking either the gardens or the park. These rooms can be configured as a double or twin.

     

  • Your Space

    Your Space

    The chateau features the elegant Origan Restaurant which is beautifully decorated with exquisite fluted columns and wood panelling and the perfect space in which to enjoy traditional French cuisine. In good weather the terrace of the chateau is also open for lunch or dinner and it is in an idyllic location overlooking the beautiful Indre Valley. In the old book-lined library you will find Le Salon Bar offering an array of inventive cocktails shaken by award-winning barman Antony Bertin. The chateau also has three luxury lounges each with unique surroundings and décor, as well as an excellent spa which includes a swimming pool with jacuzzi, Hammam and sauna.

  • Hotel Directory

    HOTEL DIRECTORY

    {MEDIA GALLERY DEFAULT}Please find below further details pertaining to the hotel or click on the booklet to download. 

    The ideal base for our exploration of the Loire, the Chateau d’Artigny is situated within 50 acres of beautiful parkland which includes a French garden, marble statues and trompe l’oeil frescoes. Commissioned by the famous Corsican perfumer Francois Coty, today’s chateau was built during the 1920s on the site of the original castle which dates back to the time of the Hundred Years’ War. During the Second World War the chateau was occupied by German troops and subsequently used to care for the wounded. The estate was put up for sale by Coty’s daughter and was converted into a luxury hotel from 1961. The chateau has hosted many distinguished guests including Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, who stayed at the property in 1963 during a tour of the Loire.

    There are a total of 56 rooms at the chateau located in the main building, where we will be accommodated, and opposite in the Pavillon d’Ariane and the Cité des Parfums. All of the rooms are tastefully decorated and offer wonderful views over the Indre and its valley, the French garden, the chateau or the park. The hotel also has an excellent onsite restaurant and bar as well as a lavish spa complete with indoor pool and sauna.

    ADAPTORS

    A limited supply of adaptors is available at Reception.

    ADDRESS & CONTACT DETAILS

    92 Rue de Monts, 37250 Montbazon, France

    Tel: +33 2 4734 3030

    Email: artigny@grandesetapes.fr

    CHECK IN/CHECK OUT

    Check in is from 3.00pm and check out is by 12.00pm.

    COMMUNICATIONS

    If you wish to contact the hotel please call +33 2 4734 3030. This is a French number so calls are charged at an international rate. There is a phone in all bedrooms with access to an outside line. Outgoing call costs will be advised by Reception. You can make room-to-room calls free of charge (see section on Telephone Directory).

    DAILY PROGRAMME

    Your Tour Manager will confirm the following day’s arrangements as well as any specific information about the day’s activities the previous evening.

    DIETARY REQUIREMENTS

    If you have any dietary requirements such as vegetarian, low salt, gluten free or low cholesterol, please notify the Reservations Department at Noble Caledonia. We regret that not all dietary requests can be guaranteed. If you have any specific or special foods that you require we recommend that you take some with you although we will endeavour to accommodate your needs. Once checked in, please speak with the Maitre’D on your first night to reconfirm your requirements.

    DINING & DRINKING

    Breakfast

    An extensive buffet breakfast is served every day between 7.00am and 10.30am or alternatively you may order breakfast to your room using the card provided. Please hang the card on your door before 2.00am or telephone extension 333 or 444. Breakfast is served to your room from 8.00am.

    Origan Restaurant

    The Origan Restaurant is wonderfully fashioned with magnificent wood panelling decorated with gilt gold leaf and exquisite fluted columns, offering the perfect space to enjoy traditional French cuisine whilst overlooking the beautiful Indre Valley. Lunch: 12.00pm to 1:30pm Dinner: 7:30pm to 9:30pm

    Le Salon Bar

    Le Salon Bar can be found in the old book-lined library and is the perfect spot to relax and enjoy a cocktail.

    Room Service

    Room service is available from 12.00pm to 2.30pm and from 7.00pm to 10.00pm. Please dial 9 to order room service.

    DRESS CODE

    There is no specific dress code at the chateau.

    ELECTRICITY

    The voltage in the hotel is 230 volts.

    EMERGENCY PROCEDURE

    We request that as soon as you enter your room, you carefully read the safety instructions fixed on the inside of your hotel room door. In the unlikely event that an emergency should occur during your stay, we ask that you remain calm and follow the instructions of the staff. In case of an individual emergency please contact Reception.

    END OF STAY QUESTIONNAIRE

    We are always looking for ways to improve our holidays and the services provided and in order to do this we welcome feedback from our guests. Your comments are important to us therefore we request that you complete the questionnaire that will be provided to you by your Tour Manager.

    GRATUITIES

    Gratuities have been included in your holiday price.

    LAUNDRY

    Laundry service is available from Tuesday to Saturday for a fee. Deposit your laundry in the bag provided and contact Reception before 9.00am for collection. Your laundry will be returned within 12 hours.

    LIFT

    There is a lift in the main building which provides access to all floors. However, to access some rooms on the second floor guests are required to climb 10 or 20 stairs after exiting the lift.

    LOST PROPERTY

    Before you check out, please check your hotel room to ensure you do not leave anything behind. If you discover you have left any items behind, please contact Noble Caledonia directly.

    MINIBAR

    A choice of drinks is available to you in the mini bar in your room which is replenished daily. If you would like any other drinks please contact the bar by calling 109.

    PUBLIC AREAS

    Reception: The Reception is at your disposal for any information you might require, whether that be for a wake up call or to book a taxi. Please leave your room key at the front desk when you leave the chateau.

    Lounges: There are three luxury salons, each with unique surroundings and décor (gilded with gold leaf, floorboards, fresco or ceiling paintings.)

    ROOM ACCOUNT

    All guests will have their own “room account” and can settle their bill at the Reception at the end of their stay. Prices are shown and charged in Euro. Your room account can be paid by: • Credit Card (Visa, Mastercard or American Express) • Cash (Euro)

    ROOMS

    For our stay we will be accommodated within the main building which features elegantly decorated rooms offering marvellous views over the Indre and its valley, the French garden, the chateau or the park. All of the rooms feature complimentary Wi-Fi, hairdryer, minibar, tea and coffee making facilities and a safe. There are four room categories as follows but please note that, due to the unique nature of the property, rooms within the same category may vary in style and features.

    Tradition Room: These rooms measure 20 square metres and are beautifully decorated with uninterrupted views over the Indre Valley or the park. The tradition rooms have a fixed double bed.

    Superior Room: Tastefully decorated with wonderful period furniture, the superior rooms offer views of the French garden, the park or the Indre Valley. These rooms measure 22 square metres and can be configured as a double or twin.

    Deluxe Room: Spacious and elegant, the deluxe rooms feature stylish furniture and tastefully chosen wall coverings. Measuring 24 square metres, these large rooms have wonderful views over the Indre Valley, the French garden or the estate woods. Deluxe rooms can be configured as a double or twin.

    Junior Suite: The luxurious and spacious junior suites measure 30 square metres and offer a cosy atmosphere with an attractive view overlooking either the gardens or the park. These rooms can be configured as a double or twin.

    SAFE

    All rooms have a safe for your use. Should you require any assistance please contact Reception. The hotel cannot be held liable for any items left in the rooms.

    SPA

    The beauty therapists at the chateau offer a wide range of spa treatments such as soothing holistic treatments, massages, facials and many more. To make a reservation for a treatment please call +33 2 47 34 30 41 or visit the spa desk. The spa is also equipped with a swimming pool with Jacuzzi, a Hammam and sauna.

    Open hours: Monday to Saturday from 10.00am to 8.00pm; Sunday from 10.00am to 1.00pm.

    Indoor pool opening hours: Daily from 8.00am to 8.00pm.

    TELEPHONE DIRECTORY

    For direct access to outside lines within France please call the Reception to open the line, then dial 0 and the ten numbers of your correspondent. To call another room located in:

    Main Building – dial the room number

    Chateau Pavilion Ariane – dial 1 then the room number

    Cite des Parfums – dial 2 then the room number

    Reception – dial 9

    Bar – 109

    A phone directory is available in your room.

    TELEVISION

    All hotel rooms are equipped with a flat-screen television with digital channels.

    WAKE UP CALL

    Wake up calls can be requested through Reception.

    WI-FI

    Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.

    Please note: These details should be used as a guideline only. Information is subject to change.

    V.1 November 2019

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  • Your Room

    Your Room

    For our stay we will be accommodated within the main building which features elegantly decorated rooms offering marvellous views over the Indre and its valley, the French garden, the chateau or the park. All of the rooms feature complimentary Wi-Fi, hairdryer, minibar, tea and coffee making facilities and a safe. There are four room categories as follows but please note that, due to the unique nature of the property, rooms within the same category may vary in style and features.

    Tradition Room: These rooms measure 20 square metres and are beautifully decorated with uninterrupted views over the Indre Valley or the park. The tradition rooms have a fixed double bed.

    Superior Room: Tastefully decorated with wonderful period furniture, the superior rooms offer views of the French garden, the park or the Indre Valley. These rooms measure 22 square metres and can be configured as a double or twin.

    Deluxe Room: Spacious and elegant, the deluxe rooms feature stylish furniture and tastefully chosen wall coverings. Measuring 24 square metres, these large rooms have wonderful views over the Indre Valley, the French garden or the estate woods. Deluxe rooms can be configured as a double or twin.

    Junior Suite: The luxurious and spacious junior suites measure 30 square metres and offer a cosy atmosphere with an attractive view overlooking either the gardens or the park. These rooms can be configured as a double or twin.

     

  • Your Space

    Your Space

    The chateau features the elegant Origan Restaurant which is beautifully decorated with exquisite fluted columns and wood panelling and the perfect space in which to enjoy traditional French cuisine. In good weather the terrace of the chateau is also open for lunch or dinner and it is in an idyllic location overlooking the beautiful Indre Valley. In the old book-lined library you will find Le Salon Bar offering an array of inventive cocktails shaken by award-winning barman Antony Bertin. The chateau also has three luxury lounges each with unique surroundings and décor, as well as an excellent spa which includes a swimming pool with jacuzzi, Hammam and sauna.

  • Hotel Directory

    HOTEL DIRECTORY

    {MEDIA GALLERY DEFAULT}Please find below further details pertaining to the hotel or click on the booklet to download. 

    The ideal base for our exploration of the Loire, the Chateau d’Artigny is situated within 50 acres of beautiful parkland which includes a French garden, marble statues and trompe l’oeil frescoes. Commissioned by the famous Corsican perfumer Francois Coty, today’s chateau was built during the 1920s on the site of the original castle which dates back to the time of the Hundred Years’ War. During the Second World War the chateau was occupied by German troops and subsequently used to care for the wounded. The estate was put up for sale by Coty’s daughter and was converted into a luxury hotel from 1961. The chateau has hosted many distinguished guests including Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, who stayed at the property in 1963 during a tour of the Loire.

    There are a total of 56 rooms at the chateau located in the main building, where we will be accommodated, and opposite in the Pavillon d’Ariane and the Cité des Parfums. All of the rooms are tastefully decorated and offer wonderful views over the Indre and its valley, the French garden, the chateau or the park. The hotel also has an excellent onsite restaurant and bar as well as a lavish spa complete with indoor pool and sauna.

    ADAPTORS

    A limited supply of adaptors is available at Reception.

    ADDRESS & CONTACT DETAILS

    92 Rue de Monts, 37250 Montbazon, France

    Tel: +33 2 4734 3030

    Email: artigny@grandesetapes.fr

    CHECK IN/CHECK OUT

    Check in is from 3.00pm and check out is by 12.00pm.

    COMMUNICATIONS

    If you wish to contact the hotel please call +33 2 4734 3030. This is a French number so calls are charged at an international rate. There is a phone in all bedrooms with access to an outside line. Outgoing call costs will be advised by Reception. You can make room-to-room calls free of charge (see section on Telephone Directory).

    DAILY PROGRAMME

    Your Tour Manager will confirm the following day’s arrangements as well as any specific information about the day’s activities the previous evening.

    DIETARY REQUIREMENTS

    If you have any dietary requirements such as vegetarian, low salt, gluten free or low cholesterol, please notify the Reservations Department at Noble Caledonia. We regret that not all dietary requests can be guaranteed. If you have any specific or special foods that you require we recommend that you take some with you although we will endeavour to accommodate your needs. Once checked in, please speak with the Maitre’D on your first night to reconfirm your requirements.

    DINING & DRINKING

    Breakfast

    An extensive buffet breakfast is served every day between 7.00am and 10.30am or alternatively you may order breakfast to your room using the card provided. Please hang the card on your door before 2.00am or telephone extension 333 or 444. Breakfast is served to your room from 8.00am.

    Origan Restaurant

    The Origan Restaurant is wonderfully fashioned with magnificent wood panelling decorated with gilt gold leaf and exquisite fluted columns, offering the perfect space to enjoy traditional French cuisine whilst overlooking the beautiful Indre Valley. Lunch: 12.00pm to 1:30pm Dinner: 7:30pm to 9:30pm

    Le Salon Bar

    Le Salon Bar can be found in the old book-lined library and is the perfect spot to relax and enjoy a cocktail.

    Room Service

    Room service is available from 12.00pm to 2.30pm and from 7.00pm to 10.00pm. Please dial 9 to order room service.

    DRESS CODE

    There is no specific dress code at the chateau.

    ELECTRICITY

    The voltage in the hotel is 230 volts.

    EMERGENCY PROCEDURE

    We request that as soon as you enter your room, you carefully read the safety instructions fixed on the inside of your hotel room door. In the unlikely event that an emergency should occur during your stay, we ask that you remain calm and follow the instructions of the staff. In case of an individual emergency please contact Reception.

    END OF STAY QUESTIONNAIRE

    We are always looking for ways to improve our holidays and the services provided and in order to do this we welcome feedback from our guests. Your comments are important to us therefore we request that you complete the questionnaire that will be provided to you by your Tour Manager.

    GRATUITIES

    Gratuities have been included in your holiday price.

    LAUNDRY

    Laundry service is available from Tuesday to Saturday for a fee. Deposit your laundry in the bag provided and contact Reception before 9.00am for collection. Your laundry will be returned within 12 hours.

    LIFT

    There is a lift in the main building which provides access to all floors. However, to access some rooms on the second floor guests are required to climb 10 or 20 stairs after exiting the lift.

    LOST PROPERTY

    Before you check out, please check your hotel room to ensure you do not leave anything behind. If you discover you have left any items behind, please contact Noble Caledonia directly.

    MINIBAR

    A choice of drinks is available to you in the mini bar in your room which is replenished daily. If you would like any other drinks please contact the bar by calling 109.

    PUBLIC AREAS

    Reception: The Reception is at your disposal for any information you might require, whether that be for a wake up call or to book a taxi. Please leave your room key at the front desk when you leave the chateau.

    Lounges: There are three luxury salons, each with unique surroundings and décor (gilded with gold leaf, floorboards, fresco or ceiling paintings.)

    ROOM ACCOUNT

    All guests will have their own “room account” and can settle their bill at the Reception at the end of their stay. Prices are shown and charged in Euro. Your room account can be paid by: • Credit Card (Visa, Mastercard or American Express) • Cash (Euro)

    ROOMS

    For our stay we will be accommodated within the main building which features elegantly decorated rooms offering marvellous views over the Indre and its valley, the French garden, the chateau or the park. All of the rooms feature complimentary Wi-Fi, hairdryer, minibar, tea and coffee making facilities and a safe. There are four room categories as follows but please note that, due to the unique nature of the property, rooms within the same category may vary in style and features.

    Tradition Room: These rooms measure 20 square metres and are beautifully decorated with uninterrupted views over the Indre Valley or the park. The tradition rooms have a fixed double bed.

    Superior Room: Tastefully decorated with wonderful period furniture, the superior rooms offer views of the French garden, the park or the Indre Valley. These rooms measure 22 square metres and can be configured as a double or twin.

    Deluxe Room: Spacious and elegant, the deluxe rooms feature stylish furniture and tastefully chosen wall coverings. Measuring 24 square metres, these large rooms have wonderful views over the Indre Valley, the French garden or the estate woods. Deluxe rooms can be configured as a double or twin.

    Junior Suite: The luxurious and spacious junior suites measure 30 square metres and offer a cosy atmosphere with an attractive view overlooking either the gardens or the park. These rooms can be configured as a double or twin.

    SAFE

    All rooms have a safe for your use. Should you require any assistance please contact Reception. The hotel cannot be held liable for any items left in the rooms.

    SPA

    The beauty therapists at the chateau offer a wide range of spa treatments such as soothing holistic treatments, massages, facials and many more. To make a reservation for a treatment please call +33 2 47 34 30 41 or visit the spa desk. The spa is also equipped with a swimming pool with Jacuzzi, a Hammam and sauna.

    Open hours: Monday to Saturday from 10.00am to 8.00pm; Sunday from 10.00am to 1.00pm.

    Indoor pool opening hours: Daily from 8.00am to 8.00pm.

    TELEPHONE DIRECTORY

    For direct access to outside lines within France please call the Reception to open the line, then dial 0 and the ten numbers of your correspondent. To call another room located in:

    Main Building – dial the room number

    Chateau Pavilion Ariane – dial 1 then the room number

    Cite des Parfums – dial 2 then the room number

    Reception – dial 9

    Bar – 109

    A phone directory is available in your room.

    TELEVISION

    All hotel rooms are equipped with a flat-screen television with digital channels.

    WAKE UP CALL

    Wake up calls can be requested through Reception.

    WI-FI

    Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.

    Please note: These details should be used as a guideline only. Information is subject to change.

    V.1 November 2019

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  • Rosemary Legrand

    Rosemary Legrand

    Rosemary is a former nursery owner and daughter of the late George Hyde, who was a hybridist of azaleas and rhododendrons. Many of his awardwinning hybrid plants can be seen at the Royal Horticultural Society’s gardens at Wisley, Surrey, the de Rothschild rhododendron gardens at Exbury, Hampshire, and the National Trust Gardens at Kingston Lacy in Dorset. Rosemary had the honour of presenting HM The Queen with a collection of her late father’s azaleas named after the Queen’s former Head Gardener, Fred Nutbeam, at Chelsea Flower Show in 1996. She has travelled extensively to gardens in many parts of the world and is an experienced public speaker. She is on RHS Speakers Register and also speaks for NADFAS; she wrote a number of contributions for the book, ‘1001 Gardens you must see before you die’ and an article for the Royal Horticultural Society ‘Rhododendron, Camellia and Magnolia 2014 Year Book’.

    Rosemary Legrand will be on the following tour dates: 7 to 14 September 2020

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