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A Cosy French Cottage in the Grand Chateaux Area

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3 bedrooms
3 bathrooms
7 guests
3 nights minimum
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Experience the French country lifestyle at its best and rent 'La Menagerie' --a late-18th century stone cottage and former wine-maker house-- in the heart of the Grand Chateau golden triangle (Chambord, Chenonceau and Cheverny) in Central Loire Valley. This is the perfect vacation rental for family reunions, all generations, or a romantic getaway to a French region full of history and culinary tradition, that has been known as the 'garden of France' for centuries. If you have not already read the reviews from previous guests, please do so. They speak volumes about the home, location, hospitality and they say it more eloquently than I could ever describe here. Food and wine enthusiasts will love the many great restaurants and wineries that can be found in the area, while Kids will discover...Experience the French country lifestyle at its best and rent 'La Menagerie' --a late-18th century stone cottage and former wine-maker house-- in the heart of the Grand Chateau golden triangle (Chambord, Chenonceau and Cheverny) in Central Loire Valley. This is the perfect vacation rental for family reunions, all generations, or a romantic getaway to a French region full of history and culinary tradition, that has been known as the 'garden of France' for centuries. If you have not already read the reviews from previous guests, please do so. They speak volumes about the home, location, hospitality and they say it more eloquently than I could ever describe here. Food and wine enthusiasts will love the many great restaurants and wineries that can be found in the area, while Kids will discover the House of Magic in Blois, the Tintin museum in Cheverny or the World class Beauval Zoo with its giant pandas, among many activities specifically designed for the younger crowd. Playing golf, riding horses in Royal forests, flying over the region in a hot air balloon ('Montgolfières') or hunting at Fall in Sologne or simply cycling in chateau country along 300 kilometers of secure and well-marked bicycle paths, are among so many activities that this area can offer. Or just take a good book in the house's library, or watch a DVD and relax! Indeed, the cottage enjoys a very tranquil location, in the midst of woods, fields and vineyards (Cheverny and Cour-Cheverny A.O.C). Yet, it is only 11 Km from the Royal city of BLOIS, 15 km from the charming small town of AMBOISE and two minutes away from Chitenay, a typical French village that features all basic facilities, including a bakery. From PARIS, it is only a two hours and a half drive. A full renovation of the house completed in 2005, preserved the character of the cottage while making it as comfortable as any contemporary home. The house gets lots of sunlight, with the main facade facing south. The four skylights on the Northern face give a great view of night skies full of stars. Windows on the west side look towards the pool and nearest hamlet, allowing to enjoy gorgeous sunsets; other windows have views on the surrounding woods and fields. The main house's surface is approximately 2045 square feet (or 190 m2), laid out on two floors. With its three bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms, it can accommodate up to six adults in comfort, plus two youngsters in the family room's sofa bed, if necessary. In addition, there is a self-standing/side and optional cottage with veranda that can accommodate two more guests in a charming layout. This is optional and upon request; it is not included in the basic rental rate.If you rent the main cottage, no other guests are admitted in the property and privacy of your party is guaranteed. The main house is typical of the traditional 'longère' style, with a long facade and an upper floor with dormer windows. It features wooden ceiling beams, hardwood floors and a fireplace. It is furnished with country style and a few French antiques. It is decorated with classic paintings and tapestries and a touch of international contemporary design. The dining table can seat up to eight. The kitchen is equipped with gourmet cooking utensils and equipment. It is open to the living and dining room. Two of the three bedrooms are on the ground floor. One of them, the master bedroom with a queen size bed) has direct access to the wooden deck that is surrounding the pool. The other bedroom on that floor has twins size beds. Also on this floor there is a laundry room with a SAUNA, a full bathroom with toilet and a powder room with a toilet and basin. The third bedroom is upstairs and has a double bed (queen size) under the roof. It is lightened with two dormer windows and is en suite with a bathroom that has a bathtub, and a powder room with a toilet and basin. The bedroom also opens into a library. On this same first floor, there is a family room with a flat-screen TV and sound system with two sofa beds that can accommodate two additional guests. Pool can be heated upon request and against an extra 10 Euro fee per day. Welcome to 'La Ménagerie', a five stars/four seasons vacation rental in the heart of the Grand Chateaux area in Central Loire Valley, France! More
House Rules
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
This rental property is the owner's family house, nicely furnished and equipped. It needs to be treated with care. Pets may be allowed on a case by case basis and provided that the renter will never be leave their pet home alone. A day care facility for pets is available close to the property. The owner requires the signing of a lease agreement to be reviewed and signed by guest no later that 72 hours after online booking. Otherwise, the owner will cancel the guest's online reservation.
Bathrooms
2 Full baths, 1 Half bath
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About the Owner
Patrick C
Languages spoken:English, Spanish, French
Response Rate:80%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:December 2009
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A house as pretty as it is comfortable, ideally located: 30mn far from Chambord, Blois, Chenonceau, Chaumont etc.

Date of stay: August 2021
Thank nicolas-bru-be
Reviewed August 20, 2017

This is an amazing house in a quiet rural location but close to the best attractions of the Loire. The house is furnished and equipped as a residential home with the added benefits of a family friendly pool and lots of additional games equipment and...More

Date of stay: August 2017
Thank Sartor2015
Reviewed September 2, 2016

We had a two week stay in this is a beautiful cottage, in the East Loire countryside. The cottage is very charming, well furnished and comfortable, with lots of character. Everything a family needs. There are plenty of books and dvds to keep you amused...More

Date of stay: August 2016
Thank Ursula W
Reviewed July 6, 2016

From the moment we drove into this awesome rental we all felt like we had landed somewhere magical. A stunning property that looked lovely in photos on various websites, but I can tell you it was beyond our expectations! Stunning!! We were greeted by Bernadette,...More

Date of stay: June 2016
Thank Cathy T
Reviewed September 10, 2015

We stayed at this wonderful country cottage for a week in August. The house is located in a very remote place, away from it all, but within a 10 min drive to a supermarket and other amenities. The house is cosy and comfortable and is...More

Date of stay: August 2015
Thank NiniMalone
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Reviewed August 31, 2015

We stayed at this wonderful property for one week in August 2015. There was six of us in total, 3 adults and 3 children, and we had a wonderful week. The property is in perfect surroundings and is very impressive inside. The place is spotlessly...More

Date of stay: August 2015
1  Thank shipilgram
Reviewed August 4, 2014

Our stay at La Menagerie was a resounding success. The house is >beautiful, the setting is glorious and the weather was fantastic. Our > three young grandchildren were in their element in the pool (thank > goodness we had no close neighbours!) and we all...More

Date of stay: July 2014
Thank Colin E
Reviewed July 29, 2014

After years of traveling together throughout France, my husband and I were finally able this year to introduce our American family (ourselves, our adult children, and two grandchildren) to the travel experience we love the most: French country vacation. I spent months looking for a...More

Date of stay: July 2014
Thank Kate H
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Date of stay: June 2013
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Reviewed June 21, 2013

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Date of stay: June 2013
Amenities
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
DVD Player
Balcony
Grill
Blender
Books
Ceiling Fans
Suitable For Children Under 5
Deck
Dishwasher
Dryer
Fireplace
Freezer
Refrigerator
Hairdryer
Highchair
Internet Access
Iron
Linens Provided
Local Guides/Maps
Microwave
Outdoor Dining Area
Patio
Private Outdoor Pool (Heated)
Private Outdoor Pool (Unheated)
Private Garden
Safe
Cable/satellite TV
Sauna
Secure Parking
Stereo System
Cooker
Telephone
Terrace
Toaster
Towels Provided
TV
VCR
Washer
Wi-Fi
Rural/Countryside Retreats
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
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About the neighbourhood
The property is in the heart of the most famous French Renaissance chateaux area (Chambord, Cheverny, Chenonceau). It enjoys a very tranquil location in the countryside, although Chitenay --a lovely village, South of the Loire river-- is at biking distance (5 minutes or so). It is only 10 km from the Chateau de Cheverny and 15 km from the city of Blois. The area is abutting the Sologne province, the best hunting grounds in France. This area has produced wines since at least the 6th century. That is why it is sometimes referred to as Sologne Viticole (the wine producing part of Sologne region). This is a perfect getaway for a break from bustling cities to the 'garden of France', as the kings and queens used to call that region: after all, it is a 2 hours drive from Paris and 40 min. from Tours Airport (47 miles).
Getting around
“La Ménagerie” sits in an exceptionally quiet and relaxing environment, amidst fields, vineyards and woods; immensely enjoyable for nature lovers! Walk-out from the house and follow the 300 Km of secure and well signaled bike paths and hiking trails throughout the chateaux country. “La Ménagerie” enjoys a secluded location, but it is not in the middle of nowhere: it belongs to the jurisdiction of Chitenay, a charming village with a boulangerie/grocery and a gourmet Auberge-Restaurant. Farmers markets, restaurants and supermarkets are countless in the neighboring localities such as Bracieux or Cour-Cheverny, Contres or Amboise; and even cities such as the Royal city of Blois, being only 15 min. away by car.
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