Driving through the french countryside is a beautiful and tiring experience. Leaving Paris after lunch and doing the ubiquitous get lost in french countryside, we arrived later than we wanted to in Amboise, in the Loire Valley. Driving up to Les Terrasses Royales, was like coming to a sanctuary, especially with a dedicated parking spot right out in front. Franck (the charming owner of this stunning Gite) cheerfully greeted us and showed us to our home for the next several days. Walking into the troglodyte was what our family needed to ease our travel weary souls. The mixture of modern clean lines with the rough cave walls gave new meaning to the cool. The temperature difference was quite amazing, from the unusually warm temperatures of the outside (mid 80’s), to a much cooler 60 - 70 degree. Each of the immaculately cleaned floors, became a showcase of love to Amboise. The middle, main living area has a wall of sliding glass doors, to look out to the beauty of the Chateau d’Amboise (Amboise Castle). The kitchen was well stocked for 4 - 6 people. Sitting at the kitchen table, more than once we would just stop and stare out at the beauty that surrounded us, forgetting what we were doing. The top level bedroom completely showcases the Chateau’s stunning architecture and where the A-Line picture is taken from. What a beautiful site to wake up to! Franck, then takes us to the outside, luring us to the outdoor living space. Try not to stop and smell the rose trees on the walkway to a spacious and comfortable couch, table and chairs. A perfect spot to lounge while enjoying the sunset with some good wine and all the necessary provisions. We also enjoyed having coffee in the morning to wake up the day. Following the rose and lovely flower lined path, you find a table set out to dine at, or even to sketch if you are so inclined. The famous sketch that Leonardo da Vinci did in the 1500’s of Chateau d’Amboise, is clearly from where this Gite is located. While the pictures are stunning, they do not come close to showing the majesty of the view. Staying at Les Terrasses Royales also gives the guests Franck’s incredible wealth of information and an information office to match. He is able to print out tickets to the local Chateaus, which helps, so you do not have to stand in line. Franck is also a champion of the local, small producers and has incredible knowledge of the area and loves to share this with his guests. Because of this, we went to the most wonderful local restaurants and even had reservations made for us. Franck then took his leave, but not before leaving us with a bottle of sparkling vouvray, just to help with the unpacking, almost medicinal. We are already looking forward to our next stay here at La Terrasses Royales because it is a must in the Loire Valley!