I was on holiday in the Loire Valley area of France in July this year, with my husband and two young children. I shopped around a lot after deciding to have Amboise as our base, but when I came upon this listing, the choice seemed obvious. Franck made everything super smooth and easy right from the start. Hats off to his promptness and efficiency - I don't think it ever took him longer than five minutes to respond to an email or a private message.
The house itself was gorgeous, quirky and renovated with taste. The "troglodyte" basement had two twin beds where the children slept and provided us all a cool haven on a couple of very hot days. The clear view of the main Château d'Amboise from the main floors was absolutely stunning. We even managed to catch much of the "sound and light" show that is held every Wednesday at the chateau, while lounging and enjoying a bottle of wine in the common outdoor area. Bliss! The house had all the amenities we could possibly need for our family stay, including a washer-dryer, dishwasher and free WiFi. The house is on a quiet residential street and yet a very short walk from the city center and all its attractions and conveniences. Amboise is also an excellent base for several of the major castles and attractions in the area. Having our own off-street parking spot right outside our door for our rental car was invaluable. I should mention that there was a slide, some swings and other things for children to play with in the lovely yard but we didn't have a lot of time to enjoy those fully.
Franck and Laurence were nothing short of excellent hosts. They were very welcoming with no fuss. Franck is a knowledgeable and helpful guide but also very respectful of our space and privacy and never got in our way. We wish them "bonne continuation" and hope to return in our future travels!