The Almond Tree Garden is a rare flat, situated on the ground floor of an old 15th c. commandery. It features a large garden, a large dining room, a large bed, a large freestanding bathtub, a large cinema screen... right in the centre of Tours, and yet in an amazingly quiet location.
The flat is situated in the neighbourhood of the Cathedral, near the most attractive spots in town. Within walking distance, discover the historical district, the Cathedral, the Grand Théâtre. The best restaurants are only a few meters away, and it will take you but a few minutes to park in the adjoining private car park.
After passing the entrance porch, you will cross the courtyard and the second garden before reaching your flat. You can lunch on the terrace, on the large teak table, or walk straight into the kitchen.
Why not indulge in a authentic Italian espresso, made with beans freshly ground in the coffee machine?
Or perhaps you'll want to settle on the leather sofa to calmly prepare your day's schedule. The wifi fibre connection allows you to surf the Internet at high speed.
The large remote control allows you to lower the projector screen and manage all the home cinema equipment. You can watch TV programmes or blu-ray movies either from the sofa or from a queen-size bed set on a platform. Wireless headphones allow you to turn up the volume without disturbing the person sleeping beside you.
You may also relax in the large freestanding bathtub. The bathroom is equipped with loudspeakers fitted in the walls, and with customisable mood lighting.
The flat has just been refurbished with quality material and equipment :
⁃ solid oak flooring
⁃ furniture made to measure from Cambodian Dau
⁃ marble basins
⁃ travertine mosaics
⁃ fashionable stone radiator
⁃ mechanical ventilation guaranteeing an all year round maximum temperature of 23°C (73°F)
⁃ built-in trunks in the platform to store luggage away
Historical information :
The house was built during the unification of the city of Tours in the 12th c., as part of Henri II Plantagenet's city wall project. It belonged to the Commanderie de l'Ordre de Saint Jean de Jérusalem d'Amboise. The oldest remaining parts date back from the 15th c. The main building is set over two storeys of vaulted cellars from which several underground passages allowed inhabitants to escape and find refuge, for instance in the Cathedral.
Joan of Arc is said to have stayed there when she came to Tours in 1429 to have her armour made by Master Armorer Colas de Montbazon whose workshop was in the same neighbourhood, in the Rue Colbert.
The motorway exit labelled « Tours Centre » on the A10 allows you to get to the flat in 5 minutes.