Bagatelle: a night on the outskirts of the Vouvray wine region
2,200 hectares… a sea of vineyards extending across the Vouvray wine hills. And you can enjoy a great view of them when you choose to stay in one of the Bagatelle guest rooms. 300 yards away, Rue de Moncontour leads directly to the first plots of Chenin Blanc, the grape variety that has pride of place in the region.
The Bagatelle guesthouse
Since a change of ownership in 2017, Léna Lebrun has been the lady of the house. She was delighted with her change in career and pampers Bagatelle guests in an attractive 18th century residence. It was quite natural for her to opt for an environmentally friendly approach, leading to the award of the Green Key label, the first international ecological label for tourism.
A night in the Bagatelle is also a chance to see one of the special features of Touraine: cave dwellings. But both the cave dwellings and the traditional rooms are attractively decorated, with the guarantee of a carefree stay. Outside, the garden and swimming pool round off the decor to perfection.
If you’re in Vouvray, then make sure you don’t miss a visit to a wine cellar. You can go there on foot: the Château de Moncontour, the Vouvray Wine Cellar (a regular award-winner for the high-quality welcome for visitors) and the Maison Brédif are three wine cellars open to visitors and less than one kilometre from Bagatelle. You can also dine at the Hautes Roches (one star in the Michelin guide) and the Gueules Noires restaurants nearby.
Further afield, the Bagatelle guest house is half way between Tours and Amboise. A dynamic and historic town centre, on the one hand (Tours old town, the cathedral, the CCCOD art centre), and major monuments to visit, on the other (the royal Château d’Amboise, Clos Lucé, the royal estate of Château Gaillard). Don’t miss out on a visit to these 2 beautiful towns on the banks of the Loire!