Chateau de Nazelles: Our Home Was Our Castle
In order to ignore the fact that it is dang cold out, I’d say it’s time for some more reminiscences from our September trip to France. After Chartres we spent several days in the Loire Valley. We stayed at a bed and breakfast called Chateau de Nazelles, a castle built in 1518, and less than two miles from the town of Amboise.
Aside from being a nice place to stay, we found Chateau de Nazelles (an officially designated historic monument) to be a worthwhile destination in itself. The owners, Olivier and Veronique Fructus, told us that restoring the sprawling Chateau has been a work in progress for the last thirty years.
Chateau de Nazelles is built near the top of a hill overlooking the valley. I suppose this was to make the castle easier to defend, but today the location makes for some really nice views.
There are also extensive gardens, filled with hedges, flowers, and comfortable nooks. The Fructus family grow fresh flowers for the Chateau from their own cutting garden.
You can easily spend a couple of hours exploring the grounds, which are filled with mysterious stairways and archways. The walls are covered with many vines, including Wisteria, Trumpet Creeper, and Boston Ivy.
Here is the entrance to the breakfast room. They provide a delicious breakfast, featuring local bread, cheese, fruit, and yogurt. At breakfast the owners make an effort to talk to you about your plans and offer helpful suggestions. Chateau de Nazelles is very well situated to be a base for exploring the Loire.
For the few days we stayed there, Judy and I could honestly say that our home was our castle.