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Chateau de Charge - La Tour

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rates from: 1500 EUR 1228 GBP

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Bedrooms, Bathrooms and Shower Rooms in this property Cottage sleeps 2+cot/toddler bed in one bedroom with adjoining tower 'cot room'.
Any PoolThere is shared, heated outdoor pool (safely enclosed) 10x5 metres
Games RoomA broad selection of baby/toddler books, bath toys, DVDs, ride-ons, soft toys, and games for indoors or garden. Plus art/craft supplies.
Outdoor ToysSandpit, toddler-friendly swing, slide & playhouse.
Restaurant / Meal DeliveryBreakfast is available every day 8.30-10.30 am. There is an onsite chef who can prepare children's 2 course meals for 9 euros and 4 course adult meals for 26 euros. Must be pre-booked. Homemade baby purees available on request too.
Wifi / ADSL Internet AccessWiFi is available.
Additional Baby EquipmentThe owners can provide any of the following in your room on arrival (pre-request): Cots (provided with baby duvet, blanket & pillow), extra single beds for older children, baby bath, potty, toddler toilet seat, toilet/sink stool, bottle warmer, changing mat, bouncer chair, socket covers, baby listening device & a foldable pushchair. Highchairs, plastic cutlery and crockery are available at mealtimes. Additional requests will be accommodated where possible.
2+ Cots and Highchairsmultiple cots and highchairs provided on request.
BabysittingBabysitting service available by arrangement
Meal DeliveryDaily continental breakfasts are include. Gîte guests may also choose to buy into table d’hôte evening meals, childrens’ meals and babysitting services.A pre-arrival shopping service available for nappies, babyfood etc. & picnics to order.
Private GardenThe gite has is a private terrace.

Arrivals and Departures:

Check-in time: 16:00

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment:

Reservation Deposit: 30%

Balance: 0 days prior to arrival

Capacity:

Sleeps: 2 + Cot-Sleeping Infants

Arriving at this pretty Chateau, nestled amongst rolling Loire Valley scenery, it's easy to see why its friendly Anglo-French owners, Charlotte and Jerome Field, were so enthralled that they ditched high flying careers and international travel to transform it into a small but perfectly formed boutique guest house and self-catering cottage.

After completing three luxurious guest suites in the main Chateau two years ago and finding much praise for them from past guests, t
he Fields have recently transformed the adjoining 17th century stable block into a pair of contemporary gites with one and two bedrooms.


Like the suites, the gites have well-planned designs that reflect the owners combined experiences of both luxury travel and holidays with tots in tow to provide all the ingredients required for an effortlessly, relaxing family break. The indulgent bathroom combines high spec finishes with rubber ducks and training seats( on request), whilst the bedrooms are perfect for frazzled parents thanks to the memory foam mattresses and soothing, neutral palette. The kitchen is equipped to high standard, making cooking and preparing feeds a doddle. However when extra relaxation is in order guests can also opt into the hotel’s evening dinner service complete with early kids suppers. Plus, if a night out is called for, there's a useful babysitting service too (24hrs notice required).

The gite has its own private terrace, ideal for alfresco dining, as well as use of the chateau's grounds including a heated outdoor pool, toddler-friendly play area with swings, slide, playhouse etc. and plentiful tranquil seating spots nestled in between. Attractions don't end there as wine enthusiasts (and enthusiastic amateurs), will often enjoy free tastings, along with the opportunity to visit their wine making rooms and six hundred year old vaulted cellars.


Accommodation Overview - La Tour:

New for the 2013 season – La Tour is housed in a section of the original 17th century stable block and comprises one of the chateau's original fortified towers. It has been stylishly converted into a stunning one-bedroom cottage with large bedroom and bathroom upstairs, and a spacious open plan living/dining/kitchen downstairs. The tower has been incorporated with a new entrance from the main bedroom to create a perfect cot room for a baby or toddler. The cottage has all the luxuries that guests of the chateau suites expect including ultra-comfy king size bed, boutique-hotel style bathroom with double basin, bath and separate rain-shower, fully equipped fitted kitchen with dishwasher, washing machine, and top of the range cooking facilities - not forgetting the Nespresso machine! Of course, guests can admire the kitchen without becoming a slave to it, by choosing to opt-in to fabulous table d’hote meals prepared by the Chateau's chef.

The communal pool, garden and play areas are and are accessible through the front courtyard.

Daily continental breakfasts are included in the price of La Tour.

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Château de Chargé is located in the heart of the Loire Valley, amongst rolling farmland just 6km south of Chinon between the hamlets of La Roche Clermault and Marcay. Seuilly, the famous home of Rabelais, is just 5km to the west. The wine producing towns of Saumur, Saumur Champigny and Bourgeuil are within 20 kms, while the major historic Châteaux of the region are all within easy access for daytrips (Chinon 6kms, Ussé 12 kms, Azay Le Rideau 25 kms, Villandry 40 kms.).

Owners, Charlotte and Jerome are a mine of useful information on things to do, places to visit and eat out in the region, plus, thanks to their two very young children, they have up to the minute advice on the most suitable places to visit with tots in tow. Top tips include: the local zoo and velo rail, the Chinon 'Petit Train' tour, the Aquarium and Mini Châteaux park.


Getting There: By Car: It is approx 45mins from the A10 travelling south and 30 mins from the A10 when travelling North. By Train: The nearest TGV station is Tours / Saint Pierre des Corps with regular connections from Paris (55 minutes) and Brussels (3 hours). Car hire is available at this station. There is also a TER regional train link from Tours to Chinon town centre. By Plane: It is approx 1 hour from Angers, Tours and Poitiers airports, and 2hrs from Nantes.


Nearest Medical Services: Pharmacy in La Roche Clermault (2kms) Paediatrician in Chinon (7kms) A&E department at the Francois Rabelais hospital (9kms)

Past Guest Ratings: * (5 guests)

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Awards:

testimonial scores:4:5:5:5

Wonderful place to stay. Charlotte and Jerome couldn't have been more welcoming ...

Wonderful place to stay. Charlotte and Jerome couldn't have been more welcoming and helpful. They make impeccable hosts.
Overall Experience Rating: 80%

Beautiful and peaceful Chateau, and a great holiday base with a baby. Breakfast...

Beautiful and peaceful Chateau, and a great holiday base with a baby. Breakfast was provided daily, then lunch and dinner were self catering except for 3 evening meals, a balance which worked really well for us. Charlotte and Jerome were friendly, responsive and helpful both before and during our stay. I think I can honestly say that our week here was the most relaxed we have felt since our baby was born!
Overall Experience Rating: 100%

We had the most amazing holiday. We really didn't want to leave and wished we ha...

We had the most amazing holiday. We really didn't want to leave and wished we had booked 2 weeks rather than one. Charlotte and Jerome are perfect hosts, offering excellent food and wine. Our children had a fantastic week meeting and playing with the other children as we did with the other parents. Accomodation and facilities faultless. Can't wait to return.
Overall Experience Rating: 100%

We had an excellent time here, the accommodation was beautiful and hosts incredi...

We had an excellent time here, the accommodation was beautiful and hosts incredibly welcoming and friendly.
Overall Experience Rating: 100%

The owners ( a french and english couple) really helpfully provided age appropri...

The owners ( a french and english couple) really helpfully provided age appropriate baby gear and having 3 little ones themselves they knew exactly what was needed. The chef even prepare dairy free french meals(!) for our allergic 11 month old and the adult evening meals were wonderful, 4 courses and great wine all with in reach for our baby monitor! We stayed in the gite which has a fully equipped kitchen too so ideal with a baby and with the flexibility of cooking for yourselves if you can resist Phillippes wonderful cooking! A great place to stay with a baby/ kids of any age.

The owners ( a french and english couple) really helpfully provided age appropri...

The owners ( a french and english couple) really helpfully provided age appropriate baby gear and having 3 little ones themselves they knew exactly what was needed. The chef even prepare dairy free french meals(!) for our allergic 11 month old and the adult evening meals were wonderful, 4 courses and great wine all with in reach for our baby monitor! We stayed in the gite which has a fully equipped kitchen too so ideal with a baby and with the flexibility of cooking for yourselves if you can resist Phillippes wonderful cooking! A great place to stay with a baby/ kids of any age.

The local area is amazingly beautiful, the hosts are welcoming and the accommoda...

The local area is amazingly beautiful, the hosts are welcoming and the accommodation is lovely for adults and babies alike...basically it's the ideal package and we would definitely recommend it for a visit!

The local area is amazingly beautiful, the hosts are welcoming and the accommoda...

The local area is amazingly beautiful, the hosts are welcoming and the accommodation is lovely for adults and babies alike...basically it's the ideal package and we would definitely recommend it for a visit!

Brilliant!! A perfect stay, in a glorious spot with fabulous hosts. A grown ups ...

Brilliant!! A perfect stay, in a glorious spot with fabulous hosts. A grown ups holiday where kids are positively encouraged. The rooms are divine and the whole atmosphere welcoming, but unobtrusive and wondefully relaxing. We will definitely be returning!

The owners could not have done more to make our holiday as enjoyable as possible...

The owners could not have done more to make our holiday as enjoyable as possible. We were offered tips on the area every day which made our stay so much easier, knowing which restaurants were good and which markets were fun to visit. Baby facilities were great too. The baby monitor worked all the way to the pool so that we could have a swim when our daughter was napping. As well as offering babysitting themselves when they were free, they also very kindly arranged for a local babysitter to come so that we could go out for dinner. It was a truly relaxing holiday even with a baby!

Brilliant!! A perfect stay, in a glorious spot with fabulous hosts. A grown ups ...

Brilliant!! A perfect stay, in a glorious spot with fabulous hosts. A grown ups holiday where kids are positively encouraged. The rooms are divine and the whole atmosphere welcoming, but unobtrusive and wondefully relaxing. We will definitely be returning!

The owners could not have done more to make our holiday as enjoyable as possible...

The owners could not have done more to make our holiday as enjoyable as possible. We were offered tips on the area every day which made our stay so much easier, knowing which restaurants were good and which markets were fun to visit. Baby facilities were great too. The baby monitor worked all the way to the pool so that we could have a swim when our daughter was napping. As well as offering babysitting themselves when they were free, they also very kindly arranged for a local babysitter to come so that we could go out for dinner. It was a truly relaxing holiday even with a baby!

Brilliant!! A perfect stay, in a glorious spot with fabulous hosts. A grown ups ...

Brilliant!! A perfect stay, in a glorious spot with fabulous hosts. A grown ups holiday where kids are positively encouraged. The rooms are divine and the whole atmosphere welcoming, but unobtrusive and wondefully relaxing. We will definitely be returning! Outstanding!

Brilliant!! A perfect stay, in a glorious spot with fabulous hosts. A grown ups ...

Brilliant!! A perfect stay, in a glorious spot with fabulous hosts. A grown ups holiday where kids are positively encouraged. The rooms are divine and the whole atmosphere welcoming, but unobtrusive and wondefully relaxing. We will definitely be returning! Outstanding!

The owners could not have done more to make our holiday as enjoyable as possible...

The owners could not have done more to make our holiday as enjoyable as possible. We were offered tips on the area every day which made our stay so much easier, knowing which restaurants were good and which markets were fun to visit. Baby facilities were great too. The baby monitor worked all the way to the pool so that we could have a swim when our daughter was napping. As well as offering babysitting themselves when they were free, they also very kindly arranged for a local babysitter to come so that we could go out for dinner. It was a truly relaxing holiday even with a baby! Overall rating: Outstanding!

The owners could not have done more to make our holiday as enjoyable as possible...

The owners could not have done more to make our holiday as enjoyable as possible. We were offered tips on the area every day which made our stay so much easier, knowing which restaurants were good and which markets were fun to visit. Baby facilities were great too. The baby monitor worked all the way to the pool so that we could have a swim when our daughter was napping. As well as offering babysitting themselves when they were free, they also very kindly arranged for a local babysitter to come so that we could go out for dinner. It was a truly relaxing holiday even with a baby! Overall rating: Outstanding!

The stay was fantastic we were looked after very well by Charlotte and Jerome...

The stay was fantastic we were looked after very well by Charlotte and Jerome, and our children who are 2yrs and 4yrs loved it as well, fantastic room, lovely pool, lovely hosts and wow what a relaxing place

Really lovely couple, who bent over backwards to help...

Really lovely couple, who bent over backwards to help

The stay was fantastic we were looked after very well by Charlotte and Jerome...

The stay was fantastic we were looked after very well by Charlotte and Jerome, and our children who are 2yrs and 4yrs loved it as well, fantastic room, lovely pool, lovely hosts and wow what a relaxing place

Really lovely couple, who bent over backwards to help...

Really lovely couple, who bent over backwards to help

Owner Profile

We are Charlotte & Jérôme, an English/French couple, with our young children Louis, Samuel & Madeleine. In 2007, tiring of corporate life, we came wandering round the Loire Valley, fell in love with this small but perfectly formed château, and set about turning it into a family-friendly haven for parents to bring their little knights and princesses on relaxing breaks. We know all about the constraints of travelling with small people, and go the extra mile to make sure the children feel at home, and parents leave us actually feeling they have had a holiday too!

Parents love Chargé for its spacious accommodation with wonderfully comfortable beds, sitting areas, fireplaces and Nespresso machines. The combination of great local restaurants (and babysitters), and our separate child and adult table d'hôte meals means that Mums and Dads get plenty of quality time with the children safe in the knowledge they can put them to bed and relax over a 'grown up' dinner and a great selection of Loire Valley wines to taste! Chargé's proximity to a horde of family friendly things to do (châteaux, farms, zoos and wineries...) mean there really is something for everyone. During July and August we also offer 2 afternoon supervised 'paint & play' sessions for children aged 2+, so that quiet couple of hours with a book by the pool that Mums dream of really can be a reality!

For our younger guests, Chargé is a dream come true. There are toys galore, hens and sheep to feed, a fluffy cat and a very friendly dog, not to mention the new 'human' playmates they will find! The garden has a fully enclosed heated outdoor pool, playhouse, and the very important 3 s's (swings, sandpit, slide!) Each suite has English TV (including CBeebies) and there is a great selection of DVDs to borrow. Many a budding princess and handsome knight have had their best night's sleep in a real tower!

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