France: Loire Valley

East of Tours

Vouvray, Montlouis and Touraine wines
By Jim Budd

This Guide was last updated on 21 April 2011
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Ivy covered walls of ©Château de Pray

Château de Pray

Address: Route de Chargé, 37400 Amboise
Tel: 02 47 57 23 67 
Geo-coordinates:  Latitude: 47:25:42N (47.42827)     Longitude: 1:1:3E (1.01744)  

Originally a fortress from the 13th century, the Château de Pray became a home during the renaissance. Now a hotel and restaurant, with 19 rather sumptuous rooms (many with four-poster beds) and part of the ‘Château and Hotels’ group, it is situated to the east of Amboise on the south bank of the Loire with lovely views over the river and surrounding countryside. The restaurant with its previous chef Ludovic Laurenty gained a Michelin star in 2008 and unusually includes a vegetarian menu. In October 2008 Gérard Dehaye, who has had a varied career including financial communication and who has worked with chefs Michel Guérard, Michel Bras and Didier Oudill, replaced Laurenty.The imposing dining room with its timbered ceiling has views over the Loire. Helicopter rides over the châteaux of the Loire can be made from the grounds of Château de Pray.

Useful information: Rooms: €145-€195; breakfast: €15; menus: €35 (weekday lunch) -€65. Restaurant closed Mondays and Tuesdays in winter. Closed for three weeks in January.

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