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2 rue de Charge, 37500 Chinon, France   |  
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2010

We have just spent 4 nights at the chateau. Jerome & Charlotte are great hosts. Facilities are brilliant. A great place to relax with red wine and whisky. May 2010.

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    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2010

We have just returned from a 3 night holiday at Chateau de Charge (aka Loire Valley Retreat). What can I say apart from - WOW! A stunning chateau with a beautiful decor, in a beautiful countryside, lots of space, great attention to detail (eg. high quality linens and bathroom amenities), gorgeous breakfasts (and food generally) and the loveliest of hosts... Thank you Charlotte and Jerome for these few days we had the chance to spend with you, as you know we've already reserved to stay with you again later this year, and we can't wait to take the kids to play with Louis and Samuel! Keep up the good work and good luck with your projects for the chateau!

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2010

I spent 3 nights at the Loire Valley Retreat in mid April. As friends of hosts Jerome and Charlotte, I had no doubts that their bed & breakfast would be lovely and have all the right personal touches. Even my high expectations were far exceeded. The chateau is absolutely stunning, and the guest rooms are top of the line luxury. From Nespresso machines and ipod docks to Occitane bath products and plush bathrobes, there isn't a single detail missing.

Charlotte's meals were cooked to perfection and Jerome's wine tutorials were informative and fun. The other guests ranged from young families to older couples, and the environment is such that you can eat and spend time with the other guests or just do your own thing, whatever floats your boat. The location is close to many top Loire Valley destinations and Jerome and Charlotte are extremely helpful in suggesting day trips, sights, and restaurants and helping to make necessary reservations etc.

All in all, this place is everything a vacation is meant to be-- a relaxing, fulfilling, laid back BREAK from your daily work life. You will sleep better than ever before, be surrounded by a beautiful landscape, drink incredible wine and be in great company with Jerome and Charlotte. A foolproof plan if you ask me!

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2010

I can only say good things about Chargé (and the owners/hosts Charlotte and Jerome) - which is pretty unusual for me since I am quite critical when I stay in hotels. The fact i am even writing a review on it speaks for itself (yeah, normally i'd only bother doing that if the place was really really bad, but this place is great and deserves a positive review).

If you are sick and tired of paying decent money for supposedly luxury accommodation only to find it isn't luxurious at all but still expensive then you should try this place. Everything is as it should be and more. I really can't fault the place.

The accommodation in the family suite is perfect. The rooms are very well presented, very spacious, clean, and very comfortable (and have complimentary tea and coffee facilities - espresso machine in the room, nice touch). The bathroom was spotless, and not a sign of mould or anything that shouldn't be there. And as for my number one worry when i check into a hotel, well the bed were very comfortable. In fact, part of the reason why we chose Chargé was because I had read on here that they have memory foam beds. Perfect nights sleep. I'd say the rooms are better than they come over in photos on this site. The rooms are quiet too which is essential, and provide a great view of sunset/sunrise (very large windows). Oh and there's even a heap of toys in the second bedroom for the kids to play with on the floor in there, which allowed us a little peace and quiet to relax on the sofa in the main room.

If I had to pick a criticism, well, maybe the TV could be a little bigger, but personally, we don't go on holiday to watch TV, so for me thats a non-issue.

The hosts are very friendly, "normal" people (you can really come across some freaks when you stay in some of these types of places!). Charlotte's cooking is great, and Jerome is a wealth of knowledge on the area and history of the chateau and was more than willing to assist in helping us get the most out of the 4 days we were there.

As i said, this place is great, and it's in a charming part of the Loire Valley. Definitely worth a stay!

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2010

We booked ourselves for 2 nights at the Loire Valley Retreat. Their website does not give much away but when we got there, we were pleasantly surprised! The chateaux lived up to our expectation of a rustic chateau in the Loire country side. The building itself is over 500 years old and has plenty of character. Location wise, despite being only 5km from Chinon, it felt absolutely in the middle of nowhere which we liked and we almost did not find it with our Tom Tom (our maps are 7 years out of date). We did feel a sense of achievement when we found the place!

The owners Charlotte and Jerome are very hospitable hosts and they immediately made us feel at home and showed us around the chateau. We stayed at the old bakery 'La Boulangerie' which had been turned into a two storey cottage, with living spaces and a big fire place on the ground floor and the bedroom and separate bathroom on the first floor. The interior had been modernised but the features are well preserved. The bed was comfortable and we liked the fact that duvets were provided, rather than blankets and sheets which one often finds in hotels. Due to location, the chateau is dead quiet in the evening and we slept very well. Jerome is also very knowledgeable on the local wines and he has stock of some in the Chateau which he sells at a decent price.

Overall, we really enjoyed our stay there. In many ways, thanks to the hospitality of Jerome and Charlotte, who make every effort to talk to their guests and make them feel welcomed, it felt like staying at a friend's place. We'd definitely go back there should we visit the Loire Valley again.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2010

The room was very nice, clean, big, smart
we had a warm welcome
everything was nice, we will go back in there in summer

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2010

We have just got back from a week at Chateau de Charge with our 2 children (aged 4 and 1). We had a wonderful time mostly because of the hospitality of the owners, Charlotte and Jerome and their 2 children. We had to take our youngest child to A&E in the middle of the night and Charlotte came with me to translate and drive and I will always be grateful for her help. Despite the drama, this was one of our best stays in France for some time. The chateau is beautiful and you get all the luxury of staying at a top hotel with the freedom of self-catering. A guest kitchen is so helpful when travelling with small children who just want fish fingers but it is also nice to have the option of not cooking and Charlotte is a wonderful cook. The wines that Jerome stocks are excellent and we even brought some back with us. The setting just outside Chinon is beautiful, the rooms are smart, tasteful and very spacious, the swimming pool is lovely and the whole trip was just superb. I cannot recommend Charge highly enough and we will definitely return very soon.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: 2 rue de Charge, 37500 Chinon, France
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Location: France > Centre > 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 6 Specialty 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 
Also Known As:
Loire Valley Retreat Hotel Chinon
Loire Valley Retreat Chinon, France

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