- Swimming Pool
Josette & Gerard Guerlais and their team welcome you to le Choiseul. A charming hotel made up of 3 town houses built in the 18th century just outside Amboise and overlooking the Loire. le Choiseul is composed of three residences:the Maison de l'Ermite , whose rooms open on to Italian style gardens, the Maison du Duc in which the bar and the restaurant are located and the Maison de l'Apothicaire whose rooms overlooki the Loire gardens.
Le Choiseul is made up of three houses dating from the 15th and 18th centuries.
The Maison de l'Ermite: Francois de Paule, a Calabrian hermit came to Amboise at the request of Louis XI and founded the congregation of the Minimes in the 15th century. The present house is built on the foundations of the old convent.
The Maison du Duc was given by Louis XV to Etienne Francois Duc de Choiseul, the Minister of Finance and the Army before he, having become rich and important, built a little Versailles: the Chateau de Chanteloup, a short distance away.
The Maison de l'Apothicaire in which Jehan de Gastignon, herbalist to Charles VII and Francis 1st, prepared creams and unguents for the ladies of the Court. He was given a large part of the property, including the cellars and several 'Granaries' which border the back of the estate, by the King. The Granaries include 3 Rooms, one of which is 90 metres long and 4 silos, 4 metres long with double walls, which were used to store wheat. They were used as Tithe Barns. Before the French Revolution, a tenth of the harvest was paid over to the church or the local lord.