In 1959, René Traversac, founder of the Grandes Etapes Françaises, had only one property: the ” Prieuré ” near Saumur. But he took a liking to the hotel management and tried to acquire a second location. Château d’ Artigny, overlooking the valley of the Indre, was to let and he decided to purchase it. A great adventure began which was to chair, a few years later, the nascent chain of “Châteaux Hôtels de France” and to actively participate in its merger with the “Relais de Campagne” into the “Relais et Châteaux ” in 1975.
Château d’ Artigny converted into a luxury hotel (with, among others, the talent of the designer Pierre Scapula) opened its doors in March 27, 1961.