Concierge.com's insider take:
If you're looking to combine secluded luxury and a taste of French small-town life, this elegant 18th-century manor house near the royal château of Amboise is a good option. Beautifully refurbished about a decade ago with parquet floors, antique furniture, and toile de Jouy fabrics, the salons and 15 spacious, well-equipped bedrooms have the aura of a private home. Drinks are served on the terrace in the big, walled garden. There's no restaurant, but there are plenty of places to eat in town.