The Manoir de la Roche Musset, a little architectural gem in the heart of Touraine, makes a perfect base from which to explore the region and the marvellous Loire Valley châteaux. Langeais, Villandry, Azay-le-Rideau, L’Islette and Ussé (the inspiration for the fairy tale Sleeping Beauty), plus many more, stand within easy reach. Further major tourist sites such as Beauval Zoo and Futuroscope lie c.45 mins to 1 hr away, as do Chenonceau, Amboise, Chambord and Blois, all easily visited in a day. Close to home, look out for the curious Gallo-Roman Pile at Cinq Mars; this tower’s name features in that of the small local town, but its origins remain shrouded in mystery. Walks by the Loire or a trip on a traditional boat are wonderful ways to appreciate nature here. There are many cycle paths too.
Staying at the Manoir, enjoy table tennis and relaxing in the garden or by the Ruisseau des Agneaux, a stream that runs beside the property. Then there are the troglodytic caves to discover, the proprietor providing fascinating explanations. After you’ve spent your day on historical trails, the Manoir de la Roche Musset fittingly provides the shelter of a Renaissance dwelling itself filled with history, but now offering a comfortable, high-quality night’s stay.
Breakfasts here are packed full of flavour and variety. They are served in the main reception room, buffets laid out in the kitchen, where you’ll often find a log fire in the magnificent 16th-century fireplace. The owners hope to provide you with a warm welcome to match the setting. Conviviality is a main priority, as is the quality of the services available.
The Manoir de la Roche Musset can propose two B&B rooms at present. Each boasts refined décor and details, in contrasting yet harmonious tones and in the style you’d expect of château living. In the one, the 16th-century exposed beams contrast with the varied colours of the furnishings and the many paintings and antique pieces. In the other, the pastel colours impart a relaxing atmosphere, brightened by contemporary paintings by the lady of the house, an artist by profession. As to La Soupière, it’s a separate, charming room available for guests to use (free of charge), for a hot drink or at tea time perhaps, or even to heat up a dish. The garden furniture allows guests to make the most of the grounds in comfort.