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Le Clos de la Garde, Anche, Indre et Loire, France

The suites at Le Clos de la Garde

Where past meets present

Bedroom at Le Clos de la GardeIf ever a property could truly be said to reflect one man's passion, it must surely be Le Clos de la Garde. From the moment you pass through the gates of this wonderful collection of stone buildings, you enter into the world of Manfred Fritsch. This is a world where elegance, style and comfort are bywords, and where the quality of both accommodation and hospitality would be hard to equal. The two suites at Le Clos de la Garde occupy one side of a peaceful courtyard, bounded on the opposite side by the main house. Both the ground-floor Eleonore Suite, where we stayed, and the Diane Suite on the first floor are beautifully renovated and furnished in a style that combines both a touch of luxury with a simple, uncluttered air. Walls are left plain to show the warm tuff stone to its full advantage and both suites feature a separate living room as well as spacious bedrooms with extra large (and exceedingly comfortable!) beds, and modern, stylish bathrooms.

A taste of the imagination

The cellars at Le Clos de la GardeManfred Fritsch first acquired and fell in love with Le Clos de la Garde in 1988, although it was not until many years later, after a successful career in international hotel management, that he began the painstaking process of turning the lovely old buildings into accommodation of the highest order. The buildings had housed farm workers and their families in the 18th century and had been constructed from
stone quarried from beneath the ground where the buildings now stand, a practice which has given Le Clos de la Garde one of its many intriguing aspects - its cellars. Dinner at Le Clos de la Garde begins in the cellars. The entrance is modest enough, a low opening in the ground, partly concealed by overhanging greenery. But once inside, the cellars open out into a maze of connecting passageways and compartments, making a wonderfully atmospheric location for an apperitif and an introduction to the other abiding passion of the host - growing and using his own produce.

Everything a dog could need

The gardens

The gardens at Le Clos de la Garde are, rather like the buildings themselves, full of interest and character. There are quiet corners to relax in (preferably with a glass of Chinon!), a large meadow area bounded by stone walls and fruit trees, and intriguing corners where quirkily amusing objects can be seen amidst the abundant greenery. And everywhere, it seems, offers the potential to grow and harvest produce for the kitchen, from succulent tomatoes, peppery rocket and spicy basil to figs, cherries and plums. Even the nettles have their place, finding their way into delicious soups and even flavouring the aperitif that Manfred pours for you in his cellars. Staying at Le Clos de la Garde is an experience to be savoured at leisure and fondly recalled.

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of Le Clos de la Garde, in Anche, Indre at Loire.

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The setting of Le Clos de la Garde

Chinon chateauJust a few minutes' drive from Chinon, the renowned wine and chateau town on the banks of the Vienne river, lies the village of Anché. And tucked away in a quiet corner of the village is the collection of ancient stone buildings known as Le Clos de la Garde. Here Manfred Fritsch, a friendly, urbane Austrian with a lifetime's experience in the hotel industry and an enthusiasm for the better things in life, has created a bed and breakfast destination of charm and comfort.

Location of Le Clos de la Garde

Set in the heart of wine-producing country, just a few miles from the confluence of the Loire and Vienne, Le Clos de la Garde offers a wonderful base for exploring the vineyards and chateaux of one of France's best-loved regions. The area is steeped in history, with the fabulous castles of the Renaissance watching over a gentle and fertile landscape shaped by the waters of its two great rivers.

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Dog friendly Le Clos de la GardeLe Clos de la Garde
4 Rue de la Basse Garde
37500 Anché, France
Telephone +33(0)2 47 97 47 73

Contact Paws For A Walk 01233 861337 info@pawsforawalk.co.uk
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