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Château de Pray is the perfect place to live out your French fantasy. Built in 1224 and having passed through the hands of the monarchies of England, Spain and France, suffice to say it’s had a rather impressive history. During the 19th-century it became the family home of French author Alphonse Daudet, before being refurbished and converted into the wonderful family-owned hotel that it is today.
Located just outside the small market town of Amboise in the heart of the Loire Valley, prepare for eye-widening views and plenty of charm. If you’re travelling with the little ones, this is an excellent pick, with family-friendly rooms and much to keep the kids entertained.
The hotel restaurant dishes up delicious French fare, all made using local produce sourced from around the Loire Valley. A popular spot, we would recommend checking opening days with the hotel and booking in advance. There is also a continental breakfast served each morning.
The 19 bedrooms come in varying shapes and sizes, with the majority set in the château itself but a handful across the way in the 'Pavillion Renaissance'. In keeping with the setting, the décor is rather opulent with rich fabrics and antique furnishings, though bathrooms have been given a more modern finish. True to it's name, the Petite room option is a little small, so if you fancy something roomier, opt for a pricier room which also come with queen-sized beds. Families are well-catered for here too: opt for a Triple or Superior Triple if travelling with the little ones. It's worth noting that not all the rooms come with air conditioning.
Lounge in the sun before cooling off in the outdoor pool, which is open during the summer months. For a bit of pampering, in-room massages and spa treatments are available on request.
If you fancy something more active, bicycle rental and horse riding can be arranged for guests by the hotel.