Private Renaissance style mansion
Built in 1540 by Jean Gitton, Lord of Montgiron and a friend of King Francis I, this Renaissance style mansion was the residence of the town's first aldermen and master drapers. In 1774, just before the French Revolution, the building was sold by Canon Nicolas Gitton to the innkeeper Sir Pierre Boiffard.
In the 19th century, three generations of butlers from the same family – Augustin, François, and Achille Fouque Lacroix – transformed the lodge into a "Grand Hotel" with "gas on all floors", mirrors in the dining room, a fountain in the inner courtyard, and an exclusive clientèle who was welcomed "by foot, carriage, or horseback.”
At the beginning of the 20th century, the hotel was the place to enjoy all the best vintages, as is illustrated by the wine cellar's inventory from 1918: Château Latour, Château Margaux, Château Lafite, Mouton-Rotschild, Cos d’Estournel, Yquem 1893, Pommard, Hospices de Beaune, Gevrey Chambertin, Vouvray 1900, Montbazillac, and some of the most famous champagnes...
In 1961, Colette & Alain Barrat took over at the helm of the operation, thereby upholding the location's two-century-old hospitality tradition. They were joined in 1980 by their daughter Marie-Christine and son-in-law, Chef Didier Clément. In 2021, they will celebrate 60 years leading the family business!
Renaissance mansion House
Marie-Christine & Didier Clément have fully renovated the Renaissance style mansion these past few years. In the Renaissance Wing with its Napoleon III style balconies, 16 air-conditioned rooms are decorated with antique materials, mirrors, woodwork, and stone slabs, and come equipped with private bathrooms, safes, minibars, satellite TVs, and free Wi-Fi.
A continental breakfast is served every morning. You can enjoy it in the dining room or in the comfort of your room. All pastries and jams are homemade.
Mariage Frères teas, coffees from small producers, roasted by a local roaster, chocolate by Michel Cluizel, freshly squeezed fruit juice, fruit cake, madeleines, gingerbread with Ethiopian cardamom, fresh baguettes, Bordier butter and Sologne honey from our hives
Service: 7.45am - 10.15am
Golden triangle of the Châteaux de la Loire
Chambourd, Chenonceau, Valencay, Cheverny, Chaumont, Amboise...the Châteaux de la Loire are celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Renaissance in Centre-Val de Loire. This is the perfect time to (re)discover the Valley of the Kings via our hotel located in the heart of the golden triangle of castles.
The Court and the King of France liked to stay here and stroll along the banks of the Sauldre. Leonardo da Vinci dreamed of building an idyllic city in the mysterious Sologne region, nestled in the protective bend of the Loire.
The ideal starting point for visiting the most beautiful castles or relaxing in the most stunning parks and gardens of France, all within an hour's drive...
The best way to experience Sologne is on foot. If you want to take in the fresh air and changing landscapes of the region, there is nothing better than a long walk or a bike ride.
We offer for hire electric bikes made in Romorantin and will provide you with walking routes depending on how far you wish to go.
A paradise for bird watchers, Beaumont Lake (23km away) is the ideal place to observe the courtship displays of nesting birds, grebes, terns and Eurasian bitterns.
Whether you wish to visit contemporary art galleries or the most fascinating zoological park in Europe or discover the hidden gems of Sologne, we will be happy to recommend the best places to visit during your stay.