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The Troglo of Leonardo, a troglodyte gite of 70m2 in the heart of the historic center

Bedrooms 1
Space 753 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

charming cave dwelling in the city center with superb views of the castle

THE TROGLO OF LEONARD opened in June 2014 is an unusual cottage nestled in the historic heart of Amboise. Sleeps 2-4 people.

This cave housing 70 m2 hewn into the rock is ideally located between the Castle and the Clos Lucé. It has a stunning panoramic view of the city and its monuments and lies on the route of the Loire by bike.

This house renovated with care consists of a pleasant living room about 40m2 including a south facing dining area with fireplace and kitchen and a cave lounge with sofa bed 140, armchairs, coffee table, and maie TV. A large bedroom with1 bed 140. Bathroom with walk-in shower. A kitchen equipped with dishes and utensils for 4 people, conventional oven, microwave oven, fridge-freezer, induction cooker, coffee maker, kettle, toaster.

The room is facing south, you will sleep in bed with new bedding consists of a 140 slatted base and mattress 20 cm thick latex (natural and hygienic material) you will find many taken current, large wardrobe, chest of drawers and 2 bedside tables to store your belongings and a closet in the rock to store bags!

The bathroom carved into the rock is completely renovated and equipped with a spacious walk-in shower (100x90), a washbasin, a hairdryer, a heated towel rack, of a washing machine and toilet macerator.

Sheets and towels provided. Beds made on arrival. Cleaning included.

2 bikes can be stored in the living room and park your car in front of the house.

free WIFI

No pets, non-smoking accommodation


The town of Amboise is part of the Val de Loire World Heritage of Unesco and is on the route of "La Loire à Vélo".

You will find many gourmet restaurants, wine bars, various shops, a cinema, a lively Sunday morning market and renowned for the quality of its products and a summer pool "Golden Island. Many festivities are held throughout the year including night show "The Amboise prophecy" every Wednesday night and Saturday evenings in July and August.

The cottage "The Troglo Leonardo" is ideally situated to allow you to go on foot in all those places and in many historical sites of the city center: Le Clos Lucé, the Castle, the panoramic view of the plateau Chateliers, City Hall, the Belfry, the collegiate church of Saint Denis, the church of Saint Florentine, St. John's Chapel in the Golden Island and Notre -Dame -from Bout des Ponts.

You can go by bike or car in town of Amboise to discover the Chanteloup Pagoda whose summit is visible from the house, or the mini-castles park.

A few kilometers from Amboise you can visit the Aquarium de Touraine Lussault sur Loire and numerous castles such as Chaumont famous for its stables and its festival from April to October gardens, Chenonceau and boat rides, Chambord and 365 fireplaces ....

For fans of the train line serves the TGV Paris in 55 minutes via Tours train station, then TER connection with Amboise.

More Details

laurence Augrain
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
16 March, 2018


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Amboise in Indre-et-Loire

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 753 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • city centre
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Books
  • Games
  • Television
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
This cave dwelling is a temperate housing with a constant natural temperature that brings freshness in summer and warm in the winter


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The Troglo of Leonardo, a troglodyte gite of 70m2 in the heart of the historic center
average rating of 4.9615383 based on 26 reviews

Lovely Cave Retreat

  • 4 of 5

Nicely kept cave home, lots of space and a very unique experience! In a great area, very quiet, parking available in front, close to restaurants and main tourist attractions.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Laura It has been a great pleasure to be your host. Kind regards
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A unique experience

  • 5 of 5

We were very pleased we had chosen to stay in Le Troglo de Leonard. It was spotlessly clean, comfortably furnished and attractively decorated. The owner's attention to detail and the personal touches in the troglo made it feel more like a home than merely rented accommodation.

Communciation with the owner Laurence, prior to our stay and on our arrival and departure was prompt, friendly and most helpful.

The two ''on foot' routes from the centre of town to the troglo - a 10 minute walk up the road or 160 steps and then down the road were no problem at all.

We would happily stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Charming troglo.

  • 5 of 5

Charming troglo, very well appointed, spacious, nice bathroom facilities, with washer. Laurence, the owner, is very gracious and generous, and speaks excellent English. Convenient parking in a relatively quiet neighborhood just around the corner from Leonardo Da Vinci's home.

Just wish the bed was bigger. My husband and I have a king size bed at home so the small bed did not provide us with the best night's sleep. But everything else was exceptional. Susan & Peter, USA

  • Review Submitted: 17-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lowell, MA USA

Vacation in a cave

  • 5 of 5

This was a delightful, unique property overlooking Amboise. It is basically a gentrified, limestone cave dwelling. It is beautifully decorated and quite roomy. The cave setting means it is quiet and the ambient temperature is even and comfortable. The only drawback is its location upon the hill which requires walking up a fairly long road/path or a steep set of stairs. The property is on a dead end street which makes parking easy, but requires either backing up the street or turning around in a short radius. The landlady was warm, pleasant and quite helpful. Amboise itself has many fine restaurants and things to do. We spent an entire day on foot within the city limits. Leonardo's former quarters are a must see.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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One of the best places we have stayed in all of our European travels!

  • 5 of 5

The owner has done a excellent job of taking the rustic aspects of a cave and adding all the comforts of home. It's beautifully decorated with high quality furnishings. Located on a very quite street and an easy walk to town. Also right down the street from Leonardo's house. We stayed three nights, which was not long enough. What a treat to stay in such a unique property so close to many sights and great food. One of my favorite surprises was the bed, which gave us the best rest of any place we have stayed in Europe.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a great pleasure hosting such nice people. Many thanks for th review. Best regards from france
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Loveland, CO USA

Perfect location for a perfect town

  • 5 of 5

We stayed two nights in the Troglo de Leonard in Amboise, and we could not have been happier. The owner, Laurence Augrain, is lovely. She met us at the Troglo at the arranged time. She gave us a tour of the Troglo and she helped to situate us in the town of Amboise. She gave us suggestions about what to see and where to dine, and her recommendations were impeccable. The Troglo itself was clean and amazing. Each morning, we loved opening the kitchen window to the sights and sounds of Amboise. In the evenings, we sat outside on the front steps, enjoying the night air and watching the snails on the rocks. The Troglo is located in a peaceful neighborhood, with easy access to the beautiful town of Amboise. We walked into the heart of town several times a day, visiting a boulangerie in the morning, and walking down the road to the left to tour Clos Luce and down the road to the right to tour Chateau d'Amboise in the afternoon. In the evening, we walked into town to enjoy a relaxing dinner and to mingle with the charming and welcoming people of Amboise. Our stay at the Troglo definitely served as a highlight during our two-week stay in France. We hated to leave, but when it was time, Laurence met us at the Troglo. Check-out was quick and easy. We feel like we definitely made a new friend in Laurence, and we hope that she will visit us in the United States one day. We highly recommend staying at the Troglo de Leonard if you are looking for a clean, relaxing, welcoming highlight to your trip. We hope to return someday.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Meeting your nice family was my pleasure, many thanks for your review.
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Nearest Barpub
20 Metres
snack le léonard
Nearest Train
2 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
sortie autrèche A10
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
place du château
Car: not necessary

visit the castle of Amboise and Clos Lucé and the city center on foot


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Amboise, Centre

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
moyenne saison
1 Jan 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £18 per night, per additional guest
haute saison
30 Jun 2018 - 3 Sep 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £18 per night, per additional guest
Moyenne saison
4 Sep 2018 - 31 Dec 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Stay tax £0.80 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 18 years.

nuitée supplémentaire haute saison 105€, nuitée supplémentaire moyenne saison 85€, nuitée supplémentaire basse saison 75€

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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