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Loire Valley Retreat
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“Excellent stay. Kids centre.”
Reviewed 22 September 2013

Excellent stay. Kids centre.
We loved being there. One of the places where a warm atmosphere is to have children. Your children and yourself can relax. Very nice. The combination of welcome, rooms, food and wine make it one of our favorites places to stay.

  • Stayed September 2013
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Surrey U.K.
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Reviewed 15 September 2013

An exceptional stay, with a lovely family. This stay was very comfortable and the food was excellent. Our host provided a welcome that was more akin to staying with family and friends.
The Chateau is very comfortable and we stayed in the 2 person boulangerie suite which provided UK television, a very comfortable bed and modern bathroom.
I have no hesitation on recommending a stay at the chateau, with Charlotte and Jerome, and with lots to do in this area of France it makes for a perfect holiday.

Room Tip: This venue prides itself on being family friendly and welcomes children and babies; however the gene...
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed 15 September 2013

This was our first holiday with a baby in tow (7 months old) and we were slightly worried about how it would go. We needn't have been! Charlotte & Jerome had thought of everything: from the box of toys left in the room to the home cooked baby food every evening.

For the grown ups it was also great. The chateau is in a lovely setting, the rooms are comfortable and the food was very good. But what makes it excellent is the hosts. Charlotte and Jerome are really friendly and welcoming and have created a wonderful atmosphere at their charming hotel. There are so many little touches (that you don't get at other places) that add up to an excellent holiday.

Room Tip: This is also a place we'd stay without kids but would ask for the Boulangerie as it is a bit fur...
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Leeds
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Reviewed 12 September 2013

We found the Loire Valley Retreat on a website advertising family friendly locations. It looked beautiful and just what we were looking for, and on our arrival we were certainly not disappointed. In fact the beauty of the chateau and its location surpassed all our expectations. The chateau itself is stunning and the rooms are tastefully and thoughtfully furnished. The grounds are lovely and spacious and surrounded by beautiful countryside as far as the eye can see.

The children loved the outside space with its playground, trampoline, swimming pool and vast gardens. They fed the goats and donkey in the evening, and collected fresh eggs from the hens which they wrote their names on and kept for breakfast the following morning.

No review would be complete though without mentioning the owners, Charlotte and Jerome. They could not have been more helpful or friendly. Being parents themselves they recommended brilliant days out with the kids, from child friendly chateaux to picturesque picnic spots. Nothing was too much trouble and they made us feel very welcome (and Jerome has an excellent taste in wines!).

Hopefully we'll be back next year!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 September 2013

We booked Loire Valley Retreat on the strength of the reviews on Trip Advisor and I'll admit that before we arrived I thought it might not live up to my expectations. Well I was totally wrong about this - from the minute we arrived it felt more like we were staying with friends rather than at a business. This is testament to the delightful owners, Charlotte and Jerome, of whom nothing is too much trouble and whose passion for their chateau and the local area and lifestyle is abundantly apparent. The food (and wine, lots of wine) was amazing and the childrens meal at 6 is an inspired idea as well as being excellent value. We stayed for 10 nights and ate at the chateau almost every night despite there being numerous high quality restaurants in the immediate area.

Our children loved the garden and play area and the daily animal feeding quickly became a highlight. The pool was just the right size and temperature and we spent whole days there. Our rooms (Grenier a Sel with the adjacent turret childs room) were well-equipped, spacious and kept spotlessly clean throughout our stay.

The local area is beautiful and very interesting. Recommended days out are the gardens of Chateau Villandry, Saumur and Chinon Fortress. The visiting child minder was a great idea and allowed us to explore areas we couldn't have visited with children.

We would definitely like to return one day.

Room Tip: The only negative during our stay was that our sleep on three nights was disturbed by crying infants...
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Cambridge, Canada
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Reviewed 5 September 2013

My husband and I stayed at the Loire Valley Retreat for 4 nights in August - it was a wonderful stay. The accommodations are part of an old chateau that has been completely renovated. Charlotte and Jerome were great - always making sure you had everything you needed. The grounds are huge - sitting areas, animals, pool. Many families were there at the same time, but the kids are not an issue (if you are a couple looking for a quiet, restful place, it is here) - lots for them to do.....

You do need a car - location is isolated - peaceful and wonderful.....

We stayed in the Boulangerie - it was perfect! The inside still had some of the original materials - stone on the walls and the bakery oven - unique! The main floor had a tv, couch with coffee table, and a kitchen table and chairs. Upstairs was the bedroom - king size, ultra comfortable bed (AC unit available if needed) and the large bathroom with tub and shower. Rooms were cleaned each day....

Breakfasts consisted of yogurts, cereals, meats, cheeses, soft-boiled eggs, breads, etc. Lots of choice for everyone....

We opted to have dinners at the Retreat - each morning the menu was posted and if there were any special food restrictions, you just needed to let Charlotte know. The food was some of the best we had in France. Various bottles of wine from the area are for sale - nice way to try some different wines.

We did a wine tour with Alain (arranged prior to going through Charlotte). We went to 3 very different wineries - recommended.

From here we went to Paris (travelling a month now) - should have done the Loire Valley Retreat as our final stop - dead quiet nights for sleeping, great accommodations, convenient dining option, friendly and resourceful hosts, wonderful grounds.....

You really need to stay here to appreciate how unique and wonderful this property is.....

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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London
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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 review, 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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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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