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  • Chateau de Chargé - Exterior
    Chateau de Chargé - Exterior
  • Chateau de Chargé - Heated Exterior Pool 10x5 open Apr-Oct
    Chateau de Chargé - Heated Exterior Pool 10x5 open Apr-Oct
  • Chateau de Chargé - front courtyard and terrace
    Chateau de Chargé - front courtyard and terrace
  • Chateau de Chargé - rear terrace
    Chateau de Chargé - rear terrace
  • Chateau de Chargé - rear garden play area
    Chateau de Chargé - rear garden play area
  • Chateau de Chargé - rear garden play area
    Chateau de Chargé - rear garden play area
  • Chateau de Chargé - fully equipped fitted kitchen
    Chateau de Chargé - fully equipped fitted kitchen
  • Chateau de Chargé - Guest Sitting Room
    Chateau de Chargé - Guest Sitting Room
  • Chateau de Chargé - spacious double rooms with 180x200cm memory foam mattresses
    Chateau de Chargé - spacious double rooms with 180x200cm memory foam mattresses
  • Chateau de Chargé - bedrooms suitable for up to 3 children in beds or cots
    Chateau de Chargé - bedrooms suitable for up to 3 children in beds or cots
  • Chateau de Chargé - Ensuite bathroom
    Chateau de Chargé - Ensuite bathroom
  • Chateau de Chargé - Shower room with double handbasin
    Chateau de Chargé - Shower room with double handbasin
  • Chateau de Chargé - double handbasins
    Chateau de Chargé - double handbasins
  • Chateau de Chargé - bath & shower room
    Chateau de Chargé - bath & shower room

Loire Valley Retreats - Les Ecuries

Loire, France

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The Owner / Manager

Charlotte Field

Member since Dec 2010
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BFB's Overview

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 16th century stable block into a contemporary cottage with two bedrooms.

Like the suites, the gite's well-planned design reflects 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 bathrooms combine 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:

l'Ecurie is set in the central section of the Chateau's 16th century stable block. The gîte has two spacious bedrooms, each with space for a cot and their own luxurious, ensuite bath and shower room. Downstairs there is a spacious open plan living area comprising of a fully fitted kitchen (with dishwasher), dining area, sitting/TV space, and doors to a private rear courtyard terrace.

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

Fully prepared breakfasts, or a daily bakery delivery service to your door, are available at a small additional charge.

Location Information

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)

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Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:00

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 30%

Balance: 0 days prior to arrival

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:00

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 30%

Balance: 0 days prior to arrival

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:00

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 30%

Balance: 0 days prior to arrival

Who owns this place?

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!

What do they love about it?

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!

What do the kids love about it?

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!

Fast Facts

Cottage sleeps 4+infants/child in 2 bedrooms each with their own ensuite.

Airport under 2 hours drive

It is approx 1 hour from Angers, Tours and Poitiers airports, and 2hrs from Nantes.

Any Pool

There is shared, heated outdoor pool (safely enclosed) 10x5 metres

Spa Onsite

There is a dedicated pamper room offering beauty treatments and massages.

Indoor Play Area

There is a dedicated playroom which also offers two supervised afternoon sessions each week.

Kids' Club

See playroom

Babysitting

Babysitting service available by arrangement

Nursery Gear (additional)

The 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.

Indoor Toys / Games Room

A broad selection of baby/toddler books, bath toys, DVDs, ride-ons, soft toys, and games for indoors or garden. Plus art/craft supplies.

Meal Delivery / Room Service

Breakfast is provided and additional meals can be arranged on request. Also a pre-arrival shopping service is available for nappies, babyfood etc. & picnics to order.

Outdoor Toys

Sandpit, toddler-friendly swing, slide & playhouse.

Creche Facilities

See playroom

Onsite Restaurant

Breakfast is provided daily (included in cost) and additional meals can be arranged on request.

Private Garden / Terrace / Balcony

The gite has is a private terrace.

Wifi / Cable Internet Access

WiFi is available.

2+ Cots and Highchairs

multiple cots and highchairs provided on request.

Reviews

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  • 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!Review dated 12/10/2012

  • 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.Review dated 06/10/2011

  • 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!Review dated 08/09/2010

  • 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!Review dated 08/09/2010

  • 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!Review dated 24/08/2010

  • 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!Review dated 17/08/2010

  • 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 placeReview dated 03/11/2009

  • Really lovely couple, who bent over backwards to helpReview dated 03/11/2009

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 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.

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. 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 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. 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, 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

Parent Rated*

5/5
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  • Child-Friendliness
  • Location
  • Hospitality / Welcome
  • Interiors

*Ratings by verified BFB guests who stayed here with young children.
Rated by 3 guests.



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