The concept of the château-hotel had come into existence

At the end of the ‘50’s’, René Traversac invented the concept of the château-hotel. René Traversac was a graduate engineer from the “Ecole des Arts et Métiers” who became an industrial photographer and who had never found the atmosphere and charm of a certain “art de vivre” in the hotels he visited.

In 1956, he acquired a charming Renaissance stately home, Le Prieuré, in the Anjou region in order to transform it into a hotel of character and charm. He