MANOIR SAINT THOMAS
Former priory set in gardens in the heart of Amboise.
THIS FORMER PRIORY dating from the 12th century still has its historic fairytale exterior - complete with stone turret - and the owners are rightfully proud of its ancient heritage. Originally founded in the 12th century by the Lord of Amboise, Manoir Saint Thomas also has a great location in the town centre – minutes from the famous castle and the Loire river
– while retaining a country-house feel thanks to its sweeping lawns and gorgeous garden pool.
Ultra-comfortable, parquet-floored bedrooms are overlaid with the architectural relics of its past. You’ll see ornate period fireplaces, heavy-beamed ceilings, tall windows, beautifully carved woodwork, stained glass windows and a grand staircase
. Elegant bathrooms have period style bronze fittings, clawfoot baths, robes and jasmine scented gels.
Downstairs you’ll find a breakfast room and library, though it’s the alluring gardens at Manoir Saint Thomas that guests cherish most
. Find a spot in the shade of the century-old lime trees
, have a dip in the pool or admire the contemplative, 200-year-old statue on the lawn. You can picnic here on sunny days or simply grab a sun lounger to soak up the rays.
Da Vinci connections
Hit the Spot
Minutes from the Loire river and the Château d’Amboise.
The duplex suite comes with stained glass windows, beamed ceiling and bags of space.
Don’t miss the son et lumière at Château d’Amboise.
New comforts, old history at the heart of Amboise.
Manor Saint Thomas has a great location for visiting both Château d’Amboise and the house where Leonardo da Vinci lived in his later years. Amboise has plenty of places to dine out and staff will be pleased to make recommendations.
Le Manoir Saint Thomas was reviewed by Room for Romance
More images of Manoir Saint Thomas coming soon!
Only breakfast is served.
The outstanding Restaurant L’Alliance is only two streets away and serves great local fare in chic surroundings, under the direction of chef Ludovic Meunier. Restaurant L’Epicerie, situated directly in front of the castle, offers tasty regional dishes and brilliant views amid atmospheric stone walls.
Continental breakfast – served in your room if you prefer
Dress the part
The dress code is relaxed
See & Do
You're minutes away from the vast medieval fortress of Château d'Angers, with its kilometre-long walls and 17 towers. Another spectacular castle is the Château d'Amboise, so walk around and treat yourselves to a massive cultural intake. Amboise was also the final home of Leonardo da Vinci, so be sure to visit Clos Lucé, the manor house where he spent his last three years. Take a boat ride along the Loire river or rent some bicycles and explore the region's back roads and villages.
Be sure to call into La Chocolaterie Bigot in front of the Château d'Amboise for some wicked chocolate treats.
Sip cocktails at Le Shaker – a bar on L'ile d'Or, the island in front of Château d'Amboise – and watch the castle by moonlight. You can also get tickets to the sound and light show – see below.
Don't miss the spectacular Son et Lumière held every Wednesday and Saturday night at the Château d'Amboise.
Mail Saint Thomas, 37400 Amboise
There is free guest parking
Amboise – 2km
EUR 10 from the station
Tours – 25km
Rooms and suites
Ten rooms, two suites.
All rooms have a flat screen TV, a mini-bar and air conditioning.
Some have wi-fi, while others have Ethernet connections.
EUR 140 - 340
Closed during Christmas and throughout January 2009 and November 12 to December 15 2009
Minimum night stay?
Continental breakfast is served until 11am
Dogs are welcome at an extra €7
French, English, Spanish and Italian
Antonella Pautout– owner