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Loire Valley Retreat
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Reviewed 2 September 2013

We are a couple without children and stayed here for 5 days in July. The property is lovely and it is perfectly located for wine tasting and touring the Loire Valley. Charlotte and Jerome are perfect hosts and couldn't have been more accommodating. I do feel it is worth noting however that this really is a family destination rather than one for couples/singles/groups without children. I think all the other guests had children with them and although the children were all lovely there is a different dynamic when they are around. This isn't a criticism at all but I feel it is worth noting as some people may simply want to sit around and relax on holiday and this wasn't always possible.

Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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cabernet-franc-37, Propriétaire at Loire Valley Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 3 September 2013

Many thanks for taking the time to post a review, and we are very glad to hear you enjoyed our hospitality, the food, the wine and the wonderful setting that Chateau de Chargé provides. You are absolutely right, we are a particularly family friendly location (as many of the reviews on this site attest) - and as parents ourselves we are proud to be so. Those wishing to enjoy the delightful ambiance of Chargé without children would be wise to avoid July and August as these are the European school holidays. We hope to have the pleasure of your company again one day. Kindest regards, Charlotte

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Reviewed 24 August 2013

We stayed in La Boulangerie for 2 nights at the end of our vacation and truly wish we could have stayed longer. Jerome and Charlotte were kind, gracious, and helpful to us from inquiring about the Loire Valley Retreat until we said Au revoir to Charlotte as we pulled out. book your stay early as they fill up fast.

Our suite was gorgeous, spotless and Jerome had even hooked up wifi when we arrived. There was a mini fridge with complimentary soft drinks and a latte espresso coffee pot, that was replenished every day. The large bedroom and bathroom are upstairs. Jerome also provided a portable air conditioning unit to use upstairs.

Breakfast was delicious which included fresh croissants and brown eggs that you can cook in a boiler as you need them. We arrived on a Wednesday, the only day dinner is not served, but Charlotte made arrangements for us to eat at La chapeau rouge in Chinon. Our dinner was delicious and presented in a beautiful manner.

Our last evening we had the pleasure of joining Charlotte and Jerome and the other guests for an outdoor dinner "table d'hôte" that one of our most memorable evenings. Each couple purchased local wines from the well stocked wines and stayed together eating under the stars. Thank you both for a wonderful end to our France holiday. We truly look forward to seeing you again soon.

Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
Thank Sharon S
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Reviewed 24 August 2013

My husband and our teenage children visted with Charlotte and Jerome the 1st week of June after a wonderful and exhausting 5 days in Normandy. What a wonderful place to relax!! We planned staying 2 nights but ended up staying 3! We were warmly greeted and escorted to our room. Jerome gave us a tour of the Chateau and reminded us to make ourselves at home. Everything was excellent!!! Both He and Charlotte are the best hosts. They went out of their way to make a visit memorable. The accomodations and meals that were prepared by the chef was of the highest quality. Jerome's wine collect is also a must! We enjoyed it all. Loire Valley Retreat should be at the top of anyone's lists when visiting the area.

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Thank Tammy F
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Reviewed 15 August 2013 via mobile

Having read through the reviews again since our visit , I can only agree whole heartedly with the positive comments. A luxurious children friendly chateau. You feel part of the family while being thoroughly spoilt.
Charlotte and Jerome are the perfect hosts and we are so pleased to have found this gem in the Loire.

Thank you for a fabulous stay

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Thank Kayster13
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Reviewed 31 July 2013

We stayed here for a week as a family of 5 in mid July, with 3 young children and all had a truly magical experience. Charlotte and Jerome are excellent hosts, striking a perfect balance between offering helpful tips and advice on places to visit whilst offering you enough space to enjoy the lovely facilities they have on offer at the chateau such as the pool and childrens play areas. Mealtimes for the children were fun lively affairs, swiftly followed by animal feeding that soon became a firm favourite activity, whilst the later adult dinners were calm, classy affairs. I would highly recommend this place to both families and couples alike, there really is something for everyone, and we hope to return ourselves too one day!

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Reviewed 30 July 2013

There are a lot of reasons we returned to Chargé for the 5th time this summer: the lovely hosts Charlotte and Jérôme and their wonderful 4 children; the kid friendly and high quality accommodation, the space, the pool, the wine... The sensation of being in one of the best homes away home. This property is ideal for families with both babies and older children, who want that little bit extra out of their holiday. As a couple this would be a lovely place to stay also, and the Field family accommodate everyone. However, if, like some previous reviewers, you prefer not to be surrounded by children - and are looking for a more quiet and romantic place to stay, especially in high season, then you may want to consider alternative accommodation. This is a luxury b&b/gite, which also happens to be a young family's home. It is not trying to be a 5* hotel and judging them on TA on that basis would be highly unfair.

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Reviewed 26 July 2013

My wife, child and I stayed here en route back from the South of France. Not only was it a great location to break up the journey, it was an extremely relaxing and welcoming one! Jerome and Charlotte were very welcoming, the perfect hosts. Accommodation, food and wine were all exceptional. We'll definitely be re-visiting, for longer next time!

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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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: £191 - £222 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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Loire Valley Retreat Chinon, France

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