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A former Benedictine priory with delightful views over the Loire Valley, Le Prieure stands on a plateau surrounded by 60 acres of wooded parkland overlooking the River Loire. Resembling a chateau, it retains historic charm with excellent regional cuisine and is well placed for exploring nearby Saumur.The original 12th century structure was rebuilt in Renaissance style in the 16th century with a square tower added in 1830. The result is an imposing mix of architectural features with a selection of beautifully furnished rooms and suites in both the house and adjacent buildings.Have lunch in the restaurant, which as well as having fantastic river views, serves delicious regional specialities which are complemented by some of the finest wine from the Loire Valley. Suitably refreshed, explore the pretty medieval town of Saumur with its chateau, or the nearby Troglodyte village Le Prieure is a Small Luxury Hotels of the World property.