A Fairytale Castle in the Loire Valley
Although château properly translates to castle, these manors weren’t built with military purposes in mind. d’Artigny, like the other hotels in this edition, could be better described as petite palaces designed to provide the maximum amount of luxury and comfort that can be found in France.
Château d’Artigny is located only a few miles away from the small town of Montbazon. It was built between 1912 and 1929 for the famous perfumer François Coty. This wealthy character acquired the existent structure and converted it into a replica of the Château de Champlâtreux, built in the 18th century. Its interior design, in turn, replicates that of the Palace of Versailles in almost all aspects. Humility might be a virtue, yet the term is practically non-existent in this hotel.
Guests will appreciate the impeccable manners and formality of the staff at once. They are the ones in charge of leading them to one of the 56 rooms that have been decorated with antique furniture, rich fabrics, and chandelier-style lighting. Bathrooms feature luxurious marble, bathtubs, and bath products from the prestigious Fragonard brand.
Meals inside the hotel begin with an aperitif at the bar, which is, as well, home to an enormous library. This area leads to the terrace, which overlooks the Indre Valley, to enjoy some French dishes created with regional products, paired with one of the many wines found in its majestic wine list. A vegetarian menu is also available. A combination of continental and American buffet is served in the morning at a grandiose salon that features marble floors from the 1920s.
Reception staff will arrange hot air balloon rides, personal chauffeurs, and even a helicopter ride around the valley. Moreover, rental bikes will be available for those who wish to explore the splendid gardens and the 60 hectares of forests that surround the hotel.
92 Rue de Monts, 37250
Text: Andrés Ordorica ± Photo: MEDIATHEQUE GEF © 2018