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