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 mid...dle 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.
(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 tennis court (some raquets available).
All buildings on this amazing estate have been fully restored to their original glory and are equipped with modern amenities throughout.
CHATEAU (600 m2)
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 single sofa 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 countertops 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 showerhead, 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 showerhead, 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. Bedrsooms 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.
COACH HOUSE (60 m2, sleeps 6-7)
Ground Floor: This spacious annex is a multipurpose structure: it can be used for overflow guests, a family that wants separate living quarters, or a residence for staff members accompanying the group. Decorated in a simple, contemporary style, open beam ceilings and white tile floors create the feeling of a country house. The ground floor contains an open living/dining area with windows on all sides looking out on garden views. The living area has three sofas, one of which opens into a single bed. There is also another sitting area with a sofa and armchairs. The open-plan kitchen is modern with a dishwasher, microwave, electric oven, and both gas and electric burners. There is a washing machine and a dryer. Other amenities include a satellite TV, VCR (plays American, British, and European formats), stereo system, guest WC, and telephone/intercom to the Chateau.
First Floor: Here there are three bedrooms. Bedroom 1 and 2 each have a pair of twin-beds, while Bedroom 3 has a 160 cm queen-size bed. One bathroom has a tub with a fixed showerhead, along with a separate WC. The coach house has its own private garden and patio area with a barbeque.
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 icemaker), 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.
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.
* Additional housekeeping: Upon Request
* Telephone/fax/internet connection: According to use
* Heating of the swimming pool: According to consumption
* Catered meals and/or chef: Arranged with prior notice
* Daily bakery delivery: By arrangement
* Babysitting: Upon Request
* There are a number of options available for hosting a wedding at this property. Please ask for details!
* Because of several areas of open water, children may stay on the property ONLY if they are experienced swimmers.
* Shoes are not permitted on the main staircase, as the carpet is very valuable.
* The local manager is available to help make reservations, etc.
* Included with the chateau is mid-week housekeeping, a change of linens and towels at the end of every week, and a daily gardener.
Lorena's review of Chateau de Valerie with Coach House
Left on 07/03/2010 for a stay in June 2010
We all had a wonderful time. It was our first time ever renting and it surpassed our expectations. The grounds and chateau were beautiful. The staff was so friendly and pleasant. It was truly a magical time!
One of the reasons we rented this property was because it had a chapel on site, which was extremely convenient considering we were getting married. There wasn't one thing in particular that we loved...because we loved it all!
Nothing. Everything surpassed our expectations!
We loved the tiny villages and towns near by. It was nice an quiet. Chinon was beautiful.
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