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The Blue Door on the 'Île d'Or' with a magnificent view on the château d'Amboise

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4-6)

Amboise is unique in that it has the only inhabited island on the Loire River. The Blue Door is located on this island just across from the Chateau d'Amboise so it provides an incredible view of the river and castle. From the apartment you can listen to the Loire River rushing by and gaze at the chateau. You can be in the center of town with a pleasant 2-minute walk. And after a long day of sightseeing in the region, the Blue Door is the perfect place to unwind.

The loft comfortably sleeps 4-6 people in two bedrooms and on a sofa bed. The open living room and dining room combination with its exposed beams is a nice place for socializing. The kitchen is small but functional, with everything you need to prepare meals. The apartment offers a portable air conditioning unit and a dishwasher, as well as a washer and dryer just downstairs. Free parking is available close to the apartment.

From the Blue Door you can see a lot without a car since it is only a 10-minute walk to the train station. Since I stopped teaching in September 2012, I am now available to take you on excursions. We can design these together around the sights you'd like to see.

Amboise is the perfect place for exploring the Loire Valley, one of the most beautiful areas of France (with the chateaux of Chenonceau, Villandry, Chambord, and others). But there is much more to do than just the castles. Canoeing on the river; visiting the city of Tours, biking along the Loire, taking a hot air balloon ride, visiting the weekly markets...and for children...just down the street from the apartment is a summer swimming pool, a playground with zip line, mini golf, and small beaches.

I always respond quickly to requests, even if I do not have availability. If you do not hear from me right away, please check your spam or junk mail to see if my reply is there.

On Google Earth : 47°24'55.92'N 0°59'2.90'E

The price you can see is for ONE UNIT. You can rent one flat or both for a family with more than 6 persons.

More Details

Chantal Salvaudon
Member since: 2009
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
19 September, 2018

About Chantal Salvaudon

I have lived in Amboise for 30 years and feel lucky to be living in a place that I think is one of the most beautiful in the world! I was a middle school teacher for many years, but always spent much of my free time renovating old houses. I love learning the history of old buildings and of this region in general.

Chantal Salvaudon purchased this house in 2004

What makes this house unique

The unobstructed view of the Chateau d'Amboise with Loire River rushing past is magnificent. There are few rentals that can provide such a wonderful view of an ancient chateau. The Blue Door is also perfectly situated for exploring Amboise and the region, with or without a car.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house around the Amboise around the Indre-et-Loire

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Monument View
  • Water View
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books
  • Television
  • Bicycles
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness centre
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Kayaking
  • swimming
  • tennis


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The Blue Door on the 'Île d'Or' with a magnificent view on the château d'Amboise
average rating of 4.9411764 based on 68 reviews
Arlington, Texas

Fairy Tale Cottage on the Loire

  • 5 of 5

Behind this blue door lies a picure book home, comfortable, sunny, with French country colors and flower borders lovingly painted by Chantal herself. Sitting at the kitchen table by the window eating fresh baguettes and looking across the Loire River at colorful hot air balloons floating over the castle, we felt like we were living in a dream. This home, with its welcoming hostess, is the perfect spot for days of lovely drives, amazing castles, walks across the bridge into town for shopping, gourmet French cooking, or just sitting at the window watching people stroll by, hearing different languages. Amboise is the ideal town for a visit to the Loire Valley, and La Porte Bleu is the perfect Home Away!

Cooking breakfast was fun in the cheerful, well-equipped kitchen. The bed and pillows are so comfortable, with fresh, smooth sheets. Laundry facilities in the basement are helpful for the traveler. And reading Chantal’s mother’s story of her experience as a young teenager in WWII France was more moving than many popular novels!

Thank you, Chantal, for making the magic of this region of France come true for us.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Oh merci John, c'est tellement gentil ! Je suis très contente que vous ayez été heureux ici à Amboise pour quelques jours, un peu grâce à la Porte Bleue. C'est le plus important pour moi. Take care and be happy ! Chantal
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Amazing location and lovely host!

  • 5 of 5

Chantal was an amazing host. She greeted us at the train station and even drove us to the rental car agency. The apartment easily fit our family of 5 and the location was absolutely amazing!!! The view from the windows was unbeatable. We could easily walk around town and go to the markets, and drive to Chambord and Chenenceau. We would highly recommend this apartment as a home base for anyone coming to the Loire Valley.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing property!

  • 4 of 5

I stayed at La Porte Bleu for 5 nights with my two daughters (9 & 12). It was the perfect location to use as a base while exploring the chateaux of the Loire Valley! The girls took the two beds in the bedroom while I had the small one in the living room. I am 5’10 and was very comfortable! (I would recommend a fan in the living room for the person sleeping out there on the hot nights)

The view from the apartment is even better than the pictures show! While there we were easily able to do day-trips to Chateau Amboise, Clos Lucé, Chenonceau, Chambord, and Tours. All while having plenty of time to simply relax. We loved the town of Amboise! I would highly recommend this rental. Chantal was very helpful in all of our communications and I truly hope to one day return to La Porte Bleu!

  • Review Submitted: 21-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved our stay❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ AMAZING!

  • 5 of 5

Chantal, our host, was wonderful We had trouble getting there because of a train strike. She was extremely helpful. Best host ever!

We rented the upstairs flat and it was every thing we needed and more. The location is wonderful. We went on our first hot air balloon ride and we just needed to walk down the block. The city has everything you needed and it is just across the bridge. We loved this city and we loved our stay with Chantal. Because we were on a month long trip and only travel with backpacks, the use of the washer and dryer was much appreciated. Do not this now before it becomes unavailable. You will not regret it. Oh yeah, the view of the Chateau is amazing! Picture perfect!

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Oh it's so lovely ! Thank you very much !
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Great place, great view!

  • 5 of 5

We (3 adults, 2 kids) stayed in the upstairs part of the house. Charming, clean, well maintained, and a beautiful view of the Chateau. Chantal was very nice and helpful too. We would definitely stay there again!

  • Review Submitted: 22-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We stayed with charming Chantal for two weeks upstairs at The Blue Door, and every day was pure enchantment! The apartment is roomy and well-equipped with everything needed to enjoy a stay in Amboise. The view of the castle just across the river is spectacular -- day and night. Restaurants, shops, groceries, markets all within an easy walk. Amboise is filled with sights and wonders, and fabulous chateaux are just a short distance away. Chantal makes her guests feel like friends. Highly recommend Chantal and The Blue Door!

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
200 Kilometres
Nearest Train
0.8 Kilometres
Amboise station
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Kilometres
La Salamandre
Car: recommended


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house around the Amboise,

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
middle season
21 Aug 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night

Additional pricing information

The prices are for 4 people. I add 5 Euros/persons/night if you are 5.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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