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Chateau in the Loire Valley for Rent

Chateau de Valerie

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About The Experience
Experience the sweeping drama of French history firsthand with this magnificent chateau in the Loire Valley. Alternately a place of bloody battlefields and noble residences, Joan of Arc trod here, as did Eleanor of Aquitaine and her son, Richard the Lionhearted. In more recent centuries the area blossomed with opulent chateaux and became a "playground for nobility," a renaissance that ended with the Revolution. Perhaps it is this unique combination of tragedy and intense beauty that produces the region's light, fruity wines. Without a doubt, this breathtaking and historic chateau will capture your imagination and put you right back in the middle of it all. As you stroll the sprawling gardens of this Loire valley chateau, laced with fountains and flowers and pools, you'll know exactly where you are—but perhaps not quite when. We recommend that you spend several days exploring the famous nearby historic Loire chateaux, tasting the wines, and spending time at your own chateau soaking up the ambiance.
Location Description

This 15th century restored Chateau is located in a small hamlet within the Loire-Anjou-Touraine national park, 10 minutes from Chinon—famous as the spot where Jeanne d'Arc told Charles VII of her vision to lead the French army against the English at Orleans. Referred to as the Garden of France, this area is known for its countless historic Chateaux, fine wines, and agriculture. The ancient cities of Nantes, Angers, and Saumur lie to the west, while Tours and Orleans are to the east. Since the chateau is located on the flat lands between the Loire and Vienne rivers, there are many places to enjoy bike rides or jogging trails away from traffic. The local manager can provide you with a selection of bike rides that lead through miles of woods, along river banks, and open fields.

Nearby Attractions: Bike riding routes, bike rentals, tennis (in Chinon), fishing, golf (20 minutes), jogging, hiking, visits to historical chateaux, tombs of the Plantagenets at Abbaye Fontevraud (15 min), "Ecole National d'Equitation," winery tours, cooking classes, horseback riding.

Angers: 1-hour drive
Tours: 45-minute drive
Saumur: 25-minute drive
Azay-Le-Rideau: 20-minute drive
Fontevraud-L'Abbaye: 15-minute drive
Chinon: 10-minute drive
Exterior Description
(2.5 hectares) Entering this completely walled estate, you will pass through a forty-foot-tall arch, listed as a national monument by the French government. Past the arch, you will enter into an enclosed, totally private estate filled with sweeping lawns, fruit orchards, stands of chestnut, poplar, linden, and pine trees, and flower gardens. The icing on the cake is the rose garden, with elaborate arches, benches, shallow canals, and fountains—with more than 6,000 roses between the pool and the hedge that borders the front of the property. As it can be illuminated at night, the garden is well suited for larger social functions. A lake has a 7 meter high fountain providing a focal point amongst weeping willows. The fountains and lampposts are reminiscent of 19th century Paris, adding to the old-world ambiance. An outdoor dining terrace, accessed via French doors from the breakfast room, is surrounded by a flower garden and a nearby fountain adds the sound of softly running water. The swimming pool (7m x 15m) is surrounded by a flagstone deck, equipped with lounge chairs, a hammock, and large shade umbrellas. There are also two large barbeques (stored in the adjacent orangery) and an all-weather, tournament-grade all-weather tennis court (some raquets available).
Interior Description

(600+ m2) All buildings on this amazing estate have been fully restored to their original glory and are equipped with modern amenities throughout.

Ground Floor: Enter this chateau to find yourself in an elegant, intimate setting, with twelve foot ceilings, long windows, and walls covered with stretched silk tissue tondu. Large mirrors compliment fireplaces, and chandeliers add an extra touch of grace. Floors are limestone or slate, some with oak inlay. Full central heating warms the chateau, and tapestries ornament the flagstone hallway and main staircase. To the left of the entrance hall is the salon, with comfortable seating and a working fireplace. To the right of the fireplace a set of doors leads into the card room/library, which has access to the eastern terrace and garden. To the left of the fireplace is another matching set of doors which lead into a cozy TV room, which includes a long L-shaped sofa, a satellite TV, and VCR (accepts US, British, and French formats). The TV room grants access to the study, which includes a large desk, fax machines, printer, telephone answering machine, and internet connection. The study also contains a queen-size bed. Adjacent is a small hall, off of which there is a bathroom with a sink, shower, and separate WC. Going back to the main entrance hall, turning right will bring you into an elegant formal dining hall. The long mahogany table with seating from 12 to 16 guests is illuminated by a brass chandelier. An enormous gilded mirror rests above a fireplace mantle carved from blue Belgian marble. In summer, the French doors can be left open to admit fresh breezes from the courtyard. The next room to the right is the breakfast room. Along with glass doors opening onto a pretty terrace and a massive stone fireplace, an aged-pine farm table is the centerpiece of the room, seating up to 14. The final room on the right side of the house is the kitchen, large enough to host cooking classes. A 4' x 8' granite slab dominates the center of the room, and can be used as either work or dining space. An open fireplace with a rotating spit satisfies all your barbequing needs, and next to it sits a professional grade La Cornue stove with gas burners, a griddle, and two ovens, one of which is electric. Other appliances include two dishwashers, a microwave, and a television. In the pantry there are two extra refrigerators, one for wine. There is also another sink with granite counter tops for prep work, a washing machine, and a WC.

First Floor: Two staircases lead up to the first floor: the grand staircase from the entry hall (small children are requested not to use this route), and another circular staircase of sturdy wood, with wide steps and a railing, accessed from the hallway near the kitchen. On the landing halfway up the main staircase, there is a guest WC. At the top of the stairs there are four first-floor bedrooms. Bedroom 1 has a canopied king-size bed (200 cm) and an ensuite bathroom with two sinks, a bathtub with a handheld shower-head, and a toilet. The room has an ante-chamber which is ideal for a baby bed. Bedroom 2 has a 180 cm king-size bed and a separate dressing room. The bathroom has a striking slate tub in the center of the room, two sinks, a toilet, and a bidet. Bedroom 3 has a queen-size (160 cm) sleigh bed and French doors leading to a small balcony overlooking the rose garden. The ensuite bathroom is equipped with a fireplace, a dressing room, a marble shower, a toilet, and a bidet. Bedroom 4 is located at the end of the hall and is very private. It has a canopied 200 cm king-size bed, a carved marble fireplace, and an ornate ceiling. French doors open onto a small balcony overlooking the rose garden. The ensuite bathroom has a tub with fixed shower-head, a sink, and a bidet, plus a separate WC.

Second Floor: The second floor, which can be closed off from the lower floors, can function as a self-contained apartment. Here there are four more rooms. Bedroom 5 is the "honeymoon suite," as it is situated in the tower between the first and second floors and is quite private. It has a canopied 200 cm king-size four-poster bed, deep wall-to-wall carpeting, and a large fireplace. Steps lead up into an ensuite bathroom with a shower, sink, and a separated WC and bidet. This room enjoys far-reaching views of the countryside in two directions. Bedroom 6 has a California king size bed. Bedrooms 7 and 8 each contain two twin-beds. These three bedrooms share one bathroom with sink, toilet, and large walk-in shower. At the end of the hall there is a huge carpeted multipurpose room (approx. 90 m2) with vaulted open beam ceilings resembling the inverted hull of a ship. At the far end there is a fully equipped kitchenette (dishwasher, stove, oven, microwave) while the rest of the room contains a large sofa, armchairs, a coffee table, satellite TV, and VCR. Games include snooker/billiards, darts, table soccer, and a selection of board games. There is also a stereo/CD player and a telephone that can be used to call other rooms within the property.

Chapel: With vaulted wood ceilings and stone walls, all illuminated by concealed lights, this chapel is an impeccably renovated jewel of Gothic architecture. Located 40 meters from the chateau, it seats anywhere from 50 to 70 guests on rows of wooden pews and chairs facing the altar. It has excellent acoustics and is suitable for a concert or a private wedding.

Orangery: This handsome stone building has a southward orientation, receiving light all day long. Located along one side of the pool, it is 90 m2 with high ceilings, limestone floors, and exposed stone walls. Here you have everything you need to spend an entire day at the pool without having to return to the chateau. Amenities include a shower, WC, exercise equipment, table tennis, and a kitchen with granite counters, a two-burner stove, microwave oven, and dishwasher. The orangery can be utilized for cocktails, meetings, or even a dance floor.

Laundry Room: Adjacent to the orangery there is a large laundry room with two heavy-duty American washing machines, two dryers, a large refrigerator (with ice-maker), ironing facilities, and another refrigerator for drinks. The laundry room also has stainless steel tables, sinks, and a collection of vases for anyone who wants to arrange flowers from the garden.

Features Description

Extra Services: The following are listed as an aid for trip planning; the services and prices are approximate and cannot be guaranteed by Rentvillas. All extra services are payable locally in cash.

  • Cook Service: Upon request
  • Daily Bakery Delivery: Upon request
  • Extra Housekeeping: Upon request
  • Babysitting: Upon request
  • Pool Heating: According to consumption

Please Note:

  • This property can be rented with the Coach House, under the name Chateau de Valerie with Coach House to accommodate more people.
  • Shoes are not permitted on the main staircase, as the carpet is very valuable.
  • Children who cannot swim must be under the constant supervision of a responsible adult, as there are several aquatic hazards on the property, including a lake, canals, and several fountains.
  • Please no inflatables in the pool.
  • The local manager is available to help make reservations, etc.
  • Housekeeping is provided mid-week. Linens and towels are changed at the end of every week. Additional Housekeeping can be arranged for an additional fee.

Features and Amenities

  • Free Parking on Premises
  • Independent Villa
  • Balcony/Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • Outside Area - Private
  • Outside Dining
  • Pool Towels
  • Swimming Pool - Heated
  • Swimming Pool - Private
  • Tennis Court - Private
  • Bikes Available - Upon Request
  • Billiard/Pool Table
  • CD player
  • Gym Equipment
  • Ping Pong Table
  • TV - Local Channels Only
  • Internet - Wireless
  • Telephone - Incoming & Outgoing
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron and Board
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Washing Machine
  • Fireplace - Indoor
  • Heating - Whole House
  • Cook Service Available - Extra Cost
  • Housekeeping - Included
  • Housekeeping Available - Extra Cost
  • Welcome Basket

Property Seasons & Rates (USD)

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Arrival Times

Please note: Official Arrival Times:

  • Sat 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Conditions *

Security Deposit

  • One month prior to your arrival at the property, you are required to pay a security deposit directly to the owner. You may send a wire transfer or mail a check to the owner's address. The security deposit will be returned to you by check within two weeks of your departure minus any extra charges or accidental damages to the property. The listed security deposit is: 3000 EUR

Additional Expenses

  • Telephone (If Available): According to consumption
  • Housekeeping (Upon Request) - Hourly Charge: 12.50 EUR
  • Weekly Cleaning Charge (Mandatory): 150 EUR

Other Notes

  • Arrival Fee (Outside Posted Times): Payable upon arrival
  • Departure Time: 10:00 am

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  • 4.5 Star Rating Overall
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Based on 4 Reviews

Customer Reviews

We really enjoyed the entire property. The grounds we beautiful. Very private estate in rural setting. The pool and gardens added to our relaxation. Very comfortable sitting room and living room.
Enjoyed Most:
The beautiful gardens with all the flowers and rose garden.
Enjoyed Least:
Bathrooms were antiquated as far as shower facilities and the TV had minimal channels.
Surrounding Area:
Easy to get to local villages for lunches and shopping.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Nothing practical for walking. No room on sides of roads for pedestrians so we had to drive to shop/lunch.
Tips or Restaurants:
Not really. Just explore Chinon, Saumer on your own.
We used GPS.
Check In Out:
Greeted by Thiery and left with Thiery.

Timothy, September

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It's a beautiful property and Thierry and Veronique were there to welcome us. The pictures on the web site were not as awe inspiring as the actual property! There were 16 of us, eight couples, and we were able to gather or have our own space whenever we chose. Our time at the Chateau was too short!
Enjoyed Most:
The gardens and plantings were breathtaking. One corner of the property was a blanket of small lavender and white flowers. There is a rose garden and kitchen garden as well. We were welcome to cut flowers to bring in the Chateau.
Enjoyed Least:
Carpet in the water closets. Everything else exceeded my expectations!
Surrounding Area:
We were within walking or biking distance to Avion, Chinon and Beaumont. Many surrounding Vineyards and we took day trips to historical sights 45 minutes to 2 hours away.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Beaumont En Veron and Avion were within walking distance.
Tips or Restaurants:
Tennis balls and your own racket, if you are a serious player.
GPS worked fine.
Check In Out:
It was seamless

Kim, September

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We had a fabulous time. My friends and I were overwhelmed by the chateau and the property.
Enjoyed Most:
It was paradise. The rose gardens are a definite standout. We appreciated all the modern conveniences such as wireless Internet and hair dryers. (Six women were traveling together.)
Enjoyed Least:
That we had to leave and not make full use of the pool and tennis court.
Surrounding Area:
The patisserie 5 minutes away, the wineries on the road to Chinon, the town of Chinon, and the convenience of services in Avoine.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Avoine was within walking distance. It had a grocery with a great wine section and all the necessities. The store got in a shipment of fresh sea food on Fridays.
Tips or Restaurants:
Come prepared to relax and enjoy!
We did not use a GPS and took a wrong turn, but it was a beautiful drive and found our way back "home."
Check In Out:
We were greeted by the owner who toured the property with us. Then we were on our own until it was time to leave on Saturday morning.

Nancy, June

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