Photos courtesy of Château de Pray
Double rooms 139–285 euros
Junior Suite: 270–290 euros Rooms in “Renaissance
Pavilion” (annex) 170–250 euros
Open: last week of January through mid-November; December
The hotel is located 2 km east of Amboise on D-751.
On site: swimming pool
Nearby: Amboise and the châteaux of the Loire Valley; golf; horseback riding; tennis; bicycling; wine tasting
The Château de Pray was one of the first Loire castles to open as a hotel in 1955. Located near the magnificent Château d’Amboise, it makes a fine introduction to experience the atmosphere of a French country manor house.
After a day of sightseeing, you can relax in the château’s cozy lounge among a 19th-century tiled fireplace, rich wood paneling, antiques, and leaded-glass windows, or linger in the garden with its lovely views of the Loire.
An attractive staircase leads to the charming guest rooms, many with four-poster or canopied beds.
The dining room at Château de Pray is highly regarded, and it’s wise to make a reservation. The restaurant is set in two rooms: one is all in shades of gold, while the second features stained glass windows, beautiful tapestries, and a fine, sculpted-wood fireplace.
One of the few château hotels located along the Loire River