Less than five minute's walk from the centre of town – but far enough to feel safe from the local equivalent of hustle and bustle – the Anne d'Anjou is more than a little bit special. Set in a gorgeous 18th century mansion, its situation on the riverfront, neck-crickingly close to the foot the chateau, seems almost too good to be true. Inside, an enormous sweeping staircase spirals up beneath a lavish trompe l'oeil ceiling, painted by an anonymous Florentine artist in 1730. Bar, breakfast lounge and divine book room complete with fireplace all complete the picture-perfect set-up.
The large rooms are individually decorated, some with their own trompe l'oeil paintings by a local artist. If you can, get one of the rooms that overlook the quiet inner courtyard and up to the chateau. Tables are set out here in fine weather, and across the cobbles is an entrance to Les Ménestrels, a chic high-end restaurant. The hotel welcomes families, and the sweet staff are knowledgeable about the area, enthusiastic and helpful. A perfect luxury break.
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