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“The ideal place if the parents want a holiday too!”

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Loire Valley Retreat
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London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“The ideal place if the parents want a holiday too!”
Reviewed September 7, 2011

We had a fantastic time staying at Loire Valley Retreat. For a family, this is the ideal place. The owners have thought about it all, spaciously and stylishly decorated, delicious dinners for adults (at an extra price) and scrummy teas for the kids mean there is no hassle for you and even if you have forgotten anything - they are bound to have it. In the evening, due to the location and layout of the Chateau you can settle down to a nice glass of wine from the excellent selection with no worries about your children. We're already planning next years trip!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 7, 2011

There's not much more to add beyond the other amazing reviews, other than to say that we completely agree!

We recently spent a few nights here and it was honestly one of the most wonderful places we've ever stayed at - we only wish we'd been able to stay longer! The location is gorgeous, and Chinon is a lovely town to explore.

Charlotte and Jerome have created such a unique hotel experience - we felt very comfortable, and we knew they would be only too happy to answer any questions or make any recommendations. The food was outstanding, as was the setting and eating with fellow guests - an experience you don't get in a larger hotel, so it really made our time there very special.

We also highly recommend the wine tour run by a neighbouring expert, Alain:

http://loirewinerytours.com/

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed September 4, 2011

We, second (third, fourth, fifth) the many positive reviews of Chateau de Charge. We traveled with our 21-month old daughter, and Charlotte and Jerome (parents to 3 little ones themselves) were more than helpful in accommodating our needs (e.g., by providing toys, high chair and baby plates/bowls/utensils at meals). They had a slide, swing and sand pit on the property and baby chickens – all providing plenty of entertainment for our toddler. The room was enormous as was the sleek, modern, bathroom.

Charlotte also organized a wine tour for us with Alain Caillemer, aFrenchman who, having lived several years in the Toronto area, speaks perfect English. We really enjoyed the wineries tour and would highly recommend it.

We would also recommend eating at the Chateau, especially if you have small children. They had organized an early “family bbq” on Saturday night which enabled us to have our dinner and put our kiddo to bed by 8:30. The food was fantastic.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
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london
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Reviewed September 2, 2011

My husband and I spent 2 nights at Chateau du Charge and had a wonderful stay. The Boulangerie is very large with a living room downstairs (satellite TV with english channels, DVD player, coffee machine, kettle etc) and bedroom and bathroom upstairs. The bed was amazing and the bathroom was great with bath and double shower.

We were delighted that the chef could accommodate our vegetarian diet, not easy to get a good vegetarian meal in France! and we ate at the Chateau on both nights of our stay and the food was delicious.

We spent one afternoon enjoying the swimming pool and garden at the property but there is plenty to see and do in the area, we were just ready for some proper relaxing.

The Chateau is very geared towards families but it wasn't an issue for us traveling as a couple. Charlotte and Jerome are excellent hosts and we hope to return once our baby arrives!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Paris, France
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Reviewed August 20, 2011

The second trip to Loire Valley Retreat and unlike some 'second times' which can be disappointing, this was everything I hoped for and more. On the occasion of a Big birthday, our extended family booked the two family suites in the Chateau, the Double room and the Boulangerie. Having been at Loire Valley Retreat in the 'early days' of 2009, I was keen to see how Charlotte and Jérôme had improved and grown and established Loire Valley Retreat as the top place to stay in Chinon. Everything was perfect upon arrival, as I knew it would be, and after a long drive for some we were delighted enjoy a fabulous barbeque on the terrace. We discovered the new Gite (sleeps 4) which opened early spring. The gite has been renovated with the same elegance and sobriety as the rest of the chateau and is a wonderful self contained unit. The addition of the pool was definitely a delight, the position of the pool is perfect, nestled behind a large hedge it is private, heated and an utter delight on any day ( tried and tested in the rain too, I may add). Our hosts were as ever, most helpful in so many ways, wine tastings, reservations in one of Chinons top restaurants, and we also profited from the culinary delights of the chef in the Chateau on our last evening.
I was sad to leave and will definitely go back.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 8, 2011

We were looking for a place just to relax after our wedding. The Loire Valley Retreat was perfect. Jerome and Charlote are a lovely couple and were excellent hosts. Its impressive what they have done with the Chatau. The food and wine were also good. Would thoroughly recommend to anyone.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 6, 2011

We staying for 3 nights with 2 young children, our room was HUGE which was ready with everything we could think of from robes and shower gel, books, DVD, expresso machine and toy box with wooden train track which my son loved. The views overlooked the court yard and the countryside to the back of the chateaux. Children are as welcomed and catered for as much as the adults with a fresh daily menu served for dinner, when asking my daughter what her highlight was she said Richard's chicken quiche! The children could play in the courtyard, swimming pool, sandpit, at art time and with the other guests and owners children very happily. And for the adults.....diner was a highlight it felt like a dinner party with 10 other guests each night, when we enjoyed the meals chef Richard prepared and the wines Jerome has reccommended and the company of the other guests sharing stories and laughter (can't help but see 2CV's everywhere now). Breakfast was as good as dinner served outside if weather permitted. Overall each detail was catered for included tourist information and directions on to our next destination, nothing was too much trouble for Jerome or charlotte and they enjoy their job a lot. Congratulations to you both on your lovely new baby and a beautiful chateaux. See you next year!

  • Stayed July 2011
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Property: Loire Valley Retreat
Address: 2 rue de Charge, 37500, Chinon, France
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Location: 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 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 
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