This old, 18th century coaching inn, which had been in the same family since 1913, was taken over by Odile and Jacques Arrayet in 1989. The inn, in Saint-Ouen-les-Vignes, was a very popular place to stay by the Ramberge. Guests would come to visit on foot, by horse, or by car. It was named L’Aubinière and quickly gained a reputation as a gourmet restaurant, before also becoming a 4-star Hotel & Spa. The first 6 rooms were refurbished in 1999, in the original building, and the last 6 in 2012, in the new extension.
Here, four generations of family hoteliers have followed one another to offer you the best of the Touraine way of life.
Originally from Réunion, Jacques Arrayet discovered his vocation by watching his mother cook and enjoying his grand-parents’ recipes, especially Creole dishes. This is where his interest in combining flavours and seasonal produce initially developed.
He graduated from the hotel school in Biarritz, gained experience at leading hotels in Paris (Intercontinental, Crillon), Sens (Hôtel de Paris and Hôtel de la Poste, where he met his wife) and Tours (La Rôtisserie Tourangelle, a hotel at the heart of the old town). He worked alongside chef Duguet for 5 years, who encouraged him to develop his talent for cooking further, before becoming the owner, with his wide Odile, of the family inn, in 1989. His wife, a sommelière, has put together a rich and varied wine menu, giving pride of place, of course, to wines from Val de Loire.
Odile and Jacques Arrayet will be your guides on your culinary journey at L’Aubinière. They will be delighted to introduce you to the flavours and the scents of Touraine.