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Loire Valley Retreat
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Blue Mountains, Australia
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Reviewed 30 July 2012

We had a wonderful 2 night stay at Loire Valley retreat. Charlotte and Jerome greeted us warmly and made us feel very welcome and were happy to provide hints and tips for what to see and do in the area. It was incredible to stay in such an interesting chateau full of character and history, with massive timber beams and an original fireplace in our room together with all the modern conveniences. Our room was very spacious and the bed was dreamily comfortable. The bathroom was huge with views out over the countryside.There was also a comfy sofa and tea and coffee making facilities.Breakfast, served in the converted stables, was extensive and we really enjoyed dinner cooked by the chateau's chef. We also enjoyed relaxing in the communal sitting room and appreciated the local area guide books and brochures.written in English.Wifi was appreciated by our 14 year old. We would definitely recommend staying here and would love to stay here again if we have the opportunity.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 27 July 2012

We had a wonderful time. Jerome and Charlotte were very friendly hosts. Only stayed two nights, more would have been nice. The kids loved the pool, the chateau, the animals and the surrounding countryside. We had a family suite which was great and the kids loved the tower bathroom.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Crowborough, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 July 2012

We stayed here for two nights on our way home from a family holiday in SW France and really loved it. We have two small children (4 and nearly 2), and we had two adjoining rooms in the chateau - the Grenier a Sel and the Chambre des Chouettes. The rooms were gorgeous and had everything we needed and more, including access to CBeebies which went down very well with our two road-weary children! Our room was beautiful, full of original features and with amazing views.
The first thing that struck us (apart from the amazing setting!) was how relaxed and lovely everything is there. As soon as we arrived, our children were out of the car and playing with the toys in the courtyard, and happy to discover other playmates there. Charlotte and Jerome are wonderful hosts who really go out of their way to make sure you have everything you need, and are especially understanding about the needs of families with little ones! They were particularly kind when on the day of our departure we wanted to leave before breakfast - they insisted on getting things ready early for us!
There really is something for everyone here. A holiday with children can be hard work, but we really felt that we had time for ourselves once the children were in bed, and we could have some lovely grown up evenings eating and drinking like kings and queens! The children would have their tea (prepared by chef Phillipe!) at 6pm, and then we would take them up and come down again for dinner in the courtyard at 8pm. We could actually see the children's bedroom window, and we also were given a baby monitor which helped reassure us that they were safe and sound.
The chateau is really beautiful, steeped in history and surrounded by fields of wheat and poppies, and yet really close to everything you could need. On Charlotte's suggestion we had a wonderful day out at the Chateau de Rivau which we would thoroughly recommend. We would absolutely love to stay here again, and will definitely be back to explore the Loire which has so much to offer everyone!

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Sydney
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Reviewed 25 July 2012

We had a wonderful time at the Loire Valley Retreat. We only stayed one night but enjoyed every moment of it and wished we had more time. If you are looking for a quiet and relaxing place to recharge this is perfect. We recommend having dinner there and getting some wine recommendations from Jerome!

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 July 2012

We loved staying at Chateau de Charge so much that we returned the following year. The gite is so comfortable and spacious, in a perfect setting within the courtyard which is great with children. Charlotte and Jerome are the perfect hosts and offer lots of advice on wonderful places to visit. What a lovely family they are! They made us so welcome, and made the most perfect birthday cake for our little girl. The evening dinner is so delicious and very sociable and it is also fantastic that there is a children's supper earlier in the evening. The swimming pool was lovely and warm and a great place to relax in the afternoon. This chateau comes highly recommended from us!

  • Stayed June 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 July 2012

This is a wonderful place if you want to get away from it all, or if you want to travel around the local region to see many historical or fun things to do. You are ideally located to reach the town centre with a car, which only takes about 5min. Charge, Loire Vallyey retreat is an ideal place for families or couples to holiday. Charlotte and Jerome are the most amazing hosts, and will endeavour to assist you in anyway, from planning a day trip to advising you on wine. Chef Philippe is also very accommodating and if there is something not on the menu to your taste he will go into town and buy as an example he did for us, a piece of fish. The grounds are also very lovely with a heated pool and little play area for children. We did lots of half day trips which were great, and spend the other half of the day around the pool. If you love wine Charlotte or Jerome can book Alain for an afternoon of wine tasting which we highly recommend. We found some lovely local wines from small producers which you cannot get back home. If you cannot resist browsing the web or checking your email, they also have free wi-fi. All in all this is a fantastic place to stay, with plenty of character and we will definitely be coming back in the future.

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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 25 July 2012

We stayed here as newly weds for 3 nights and could only wish we had more time to spend in the Loire. We could tell that our hosts Jerome and Charlotte had spent a great deal of effort transforming the medieval compound into the wonderful and luxurious place it is today. Spacious and yet cosy rooms, amazing bathroom with an overview of the old cellar (we stayed in the Chambre du Vigneron). We arrived on a rainy day and felt quite miserable after visiting the Villandry Gardens in the rain. However, the highlight of our day was in fact to cosy up on the couch in the living room and reading our books with the rain going on outside.

Jerome and Charlotte are a wonderful couple who will not hesitate to offer you great tips and ideas on where to visit, help you with restaurant bookings, and all the many other things that excellent hosts would provide their guests with. We thoroughly enjoyed our one dinner at the Loire Valley Retreat and were particularly impressed by the selection of boutique wines from neighbouring vineyards.

The compound is nestle in the midst of wheat fields and gives you the feeling of returning to tranquility after a rather hectic day of town exploring and chateau hopping. We do indeed highly recommend the Loire Valley Retreat to both couples and families and would like to thank our hosts - Jerome and Charlotte for a wonderful stay.

Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Loire Valley Retreat
Address: 2 rue de Charge, 37500, Chinon, France
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Region: France > Centre-Val de Loire > Loire Valley > Chinon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 8 Speciality Lodging in Chinon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Four beautiful self contained cottages set in a 15th-century Loire Valley Chateau and its outbuildings, entirely and lovingly renovated in 2008 & 2011 by the English and French owner managers. Peace and tranquility combined with warm hospitality. Very family friendly. Delicious French table d'hote meals available three evenings, breakfast included every day. Fully gated heated outdoor pool, free wifi, babysitting available, fantastic range of Loire Valley wines. Suites to suit a couple, a family of up to five, or book the entire place to sleep up to 16. ... more   less 
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