Fodor's Expert Review Domaine de la Tortinière

10 rte. de Ballan-Miré, 12 km (7 miles) south of Tours, Veigné, Centre-Val de Loire, 37250, France

This was reportedly one of Audrey Hepburn's favorites, and you can immediately see why: the neo-Gothic château, sitting atop a vast, sloping lawn, features a pair of fairy-tale towers, Louis Seize public salons, and soigné guest rooms—some in the turrets, others in the smartly converted stables and servants' quarters. Most beds are so comfy that it would be hard to rise in the morning if it weren't for the beckoning vistas, which include a lovely pool tucked onto a grassy terrace. The stylish rotunda restaurant looks out over the lawn and showcases Jean-Baptiste Drey-Blum and Damien Piochon's cuisine, including medallions of line-caught sea bass with leeks in aspic and gribiche sauce.

PROS

  • gourmet restaurant
  • romantic setting
  • luxurious Louis XVI style

CONS

  • some rooms on the small side
  • a bit off the beaten track

QUICK FACTS

Resort
Intimate
Countryside
$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: -02–47–34–35–00

HOTEL DETAILS

32 rooms
Rate Includes: Closed mid-Dec.–Feb., No meals

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