Concierge.com's insider take:
Five miles east of Tours, this elegant, 18th-century, white-stone mansion sits on the banks of the Loire. It was built on the site of an ancient monasterythough we doubt the monks enjoyed an outdoor swimming pool. What gives this hotel its real appeal are its 12 troglodyte guest rooms. Hewn from the cliff face, shimmering white rock still forms the ceilings, but the rooms feel anything but cavelike with contemporary wallpaper and clean-lined furniture lending a comfy, modern feel. One room has prints of Asian characters on the walls and bedding, while another has a motif of bold red tulips. The hotel's restaurant has a tree-shaded terrace and, as you might expect, serves traditional French cuisine and local wine.
Closed late January to late March.
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