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Overnight stays, receptions and seminars alike offer a true taste of the "chateau life" here. Surrounded by an English-style park where a large variety of trees competes with hundred-year-old cedars for the spotlight, La Tortinière looks out over the valley and river below that can be reached by charming paths fringed with wild cyclamen. From the terrace, one can marvel at the tower on the hill across the valley before turning in for the night or stopping by the fire for a game of billiards. The "douceur tourangelle" is more than just a figure of speech here, it is an experience that one could never grow tired of.
The property has belonged to my family for three generations. My grandfather bought it in 1954 after falling head over heels for the building and location in the heart of the Loire chateaus.
Surrounding the Domaine de la Tortinière are the vestiges of a property dating back to Roman times. The path along the banks of the Indre that leads to the park was once part of an ancient Roman road, it connected Montbazon to the nearby city of Tours. The tower of Montbazon can be seen from the chateau's panoramic terrace, it was built in the 10th century by Foulques Nerra (the "Black Falcon") a fierce medieval warrior who was determined to conquer Touraine. It was in 1866 that the current chateau replaced a manor house. The architect, Jacquemin Bellisle, was inspired by masterpieces of the time such as Azay-le-Rideau and the solid construction principles of the 19th century. The small pavilion in the courtyard of honor (which was once a closerie) dates back to the end of the 18th century.
It was most probably in the 16th century (a prosperous period in Touraine) that the first version of Tortinière was built - it was large, rustic and flanked by two turrets. The Touraine "rôle des fiefs" indicates that the estate belonged to Jean Forget de Villedieu in 1562, he was the "lord of Tortinière" and mayor of Tours in 1599. In 1638, the property passed into the hands of the Compains, a silk merchant family (Tours being at that time one of the silk capitals) and they kept it until the end of the 17th century. In 1845, Louis-Denis Petit of Chastenay (inspector at the gunpowder factory of Ripault) sold the Tortinière to Françoise Bastard. Pauline Dalloz (widow of Armand Dalloz, author of the précis du code civil) bought it on 2 March 1861. She greatly enlarged and beautified the chateau to create the building that stands here today. Louise Désirée Dalloz later inherited the estate. One of her sons, Roger, had no children and sold it in 1924. After several sales, my family acquired it in 1954 and transformed it into a guest house. My wife and I have continued with the adventure.
A warm welcome from attentive hosts in a historic house with modern day comforts. Walks in the fifteen-hectare park, a boat on the river, the tennis court, the heated swimming pool, the ping-pong table, and the terrace are at our guests' disposal along with a beautiful massage room and a sauna. The estate's restaurant is located under a bright canopy overlooking the Indre Valley. Our chef's gourmet cuisine is both classic and inventive, it is inspired by the traditions of the Loire with dishes such as pike perch, Géline de Touraine and Petits Gris on offer. We are also classified as a "Relais du Silence" establishment.
We recommend the traditional charcuterie at the Hardouin house and the Touraine wines - the Montlouis of Jacky Blot, the Chinon of Couly and Olga Raffaut and the Vouvray of Bredif in particular. There are many good restaurants in the area, our favourites are Les Hautes Roches and Roche Leroy.
The Tortinière estate is perfect for executive seminars and can accommodate up to twenty-five people. As a 4 star château-hotel, the domain has five bright meeting rooms with panoramic views of the Indre valley. They are equipped with clip boards and markers, phones, wifi, and video projectors are available on request. Any other material can be provided on estimate. Wine tastings, cooking classes and treasure hunts can be organised on site. The pool, tennis court, table tennis and billiards tables are available to all.