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A Cosy French Cottage in the Grand Chateaux Area

Main Facade with Dormants
53 reviews
Main Facade with Dormants
Cottage-Main Facade
Cottage-Main Facade
Cottage Main Facade-Close-up
Dormant on the Rooftop
Cottage-Side Entrance to the Kitchen (NE)
South-West Facade - Access to the Deck and pool
Picnic Table next to the Deck and Pool
Deck and Pool, SW Facade by Night
Deck, Pergola and Pool
Deck and Pool, SW Facade
Deck and Pool
Layout-Ground Floor
Layout-Second Floor (upstairs)
Window on Front Courtyard
Living Room and Dining Area-View from the Open Kitchen and Bar/Countertop
Living and Dining Arrea-View from the Staircase
Dining Area-Sitting Eight Guests
Living Room Windows with View over the Deck and Pool
Main Entrance Door onto Living Room
Living Room and Open Kitchen
Bar Stand and Open Kitchen behind
Fireplace in the Living Room
Kitchen Opening to the Living-room and Dining area
Side Door from Kitchen to Garden and Terrace
Bedroom Ground Floor, opening to the deck
Bedroom, Ground Floor, opening to the deck and pool
Bedroom, Ground Floor, with access to the Deck and Pool
Bedroom-Ground Floor
Bedroom Window With Access to Deck and Pool
Second BR-Ground Floor-Twin Beds
Second BR-Ground Floor-Twin Beds
Bathroom Ground Floor (with shower)
Bathroom, Ground Floor
Patio with Gloriette-View from the Bathroom
Finnish Sauna-Fitness Room-Ground Floor
Staircase to the upper floor
Upstairs (den/library, corridor to the Family Room and Bathroom
Bedroom Upstairs
Bedroom upstairs, with Queen Size Bed
Bedroom Upstairs
Library and Den Upstairs, En Suite with the Bedroom
Bathroom Upstairs
Bathroom Upstairs
Sofa Beds in the Family Room, Upstairs
Family Room Upstairs
Visiting Peacock (sometimes) Through the Window (Living Room)
View of the Barn and Cottage from the pond across the road
View of the Barn and Cottage from the Rural Road
Barn's Facade by Night
Cottage and Front Yard
Flowers on the Cottage's Main Facade
Da Vinci Roses on the Cottage (Main Facade)
La Ménagerie-Sunset at Wintertime-View from the Western Facade
Eastern Patio, Cottage and Barn
Patio-Eastern Side of the Cottage
Side entrance door to the kitchen-East facade
French Window-Twin Bedroom-East Facade
Bas-Relief on Barn's Facade
Hammock in La Menagerie Backyard
La Ménagerie Front Yard
Old well at La Menagerie-Front Yard across the Access Road
Old Well at La Menagerie-Covered with Roses at Spring
Old Well-La Menagerie Yard
Flowers Around the Barn
La Menagerie Yard-Early Spring
La Menagerie-Old Cedar Tree
La Menagerie Pond
(French) Frogs Dating-La Menagerie Pond
La Menagerie Birches Trees-Eastern Patio
La Menagerie Yard at Fall
La Menagerie Woods in the Backyard
Hot Air Balloon Flying over La Menagerie
Woods in La Menagerie backyards-Fall
Sunset View from the Deck & Pool and Living Room
Front Yard with Fruit Trees (Yellow Prunes)
Cottage (on the left) and Annexes-South West Facade-Wintertime
Access Road-South-West Facade
Access Road to La Menagerie Driveway-En route for a Picnic with French Bread!
La Menagerie-A Refenced GPS Place
Access Road to La Menagerie
Flying Over the Property Surroundings
Vineyards around-Sunrise Early Spring
Vineyard around La Menagerie
La Menagerie Surroundings
Vineyards-Cheverny AOC
Horses in the fields
Fields, Woods and Vineyards in La Menagerie Vicinity
Fields in La Menagerie area
Habitat in La Menagerie Vicinity
Wheat Fields at Summertime
Vineyards and Woods-Harvest Season
Hiking Trails across woods and fields
Chitenay-The closest Village (5 min. bike ride)
Chitenay The closest Village (5 min. bike ride)
The area
Cheverny Castle-Jazz Festival in June (15min. away from the house)
Chambord Castle and Park-View from the canal
Chaumont Castle-Annual IInternational Garden Festival  (April-November)
Main Walking Trails in the Region
Bike Rides Through the Woods Within La Menagerie Vicinity
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3 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Chitenay, Loir-et-Cher, Centre-Val de Loire
Experience the French country lifestyle at its best and rent "La Menagerie" --a late-18th century stone cottage and former wine-maker house-- in the heart of the Grand Chateau golden triangle (Chambord, Chenonceau and Cheverny) in Central Loire Valley. This is the perfect vacation rental for family reunions, all generations, or a romantic getaway to a French region full of history and culinary tradition, that has been known as the "garden of France" for centuries.
If you have not already read the reviews from previous guests, please do so. They speak volumes about the home, location, hospitality and they say it more eloquently than I could ever describe here.
Food and wine enthusiasts will love the many great restaurants and wineries that can be found in the area, while Kids will discover the House of Magic in Blois,...
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About the Owner, Patrick C
Languages spoken: English, French, Spanish
Response Rate: 100 %
Response Time: Within a few hours
Calendar Updated: 6 days ago
Listed since : Dec 2009
Overall rating: 5.0 / 5.0
Based on 121 reviews and 2 properties
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Ursula W
Colchester, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
Reviewed September 2, 2016 for a stay in August 2016

We had a two week stay in this is a beautiful cottage, in the East Loire countryside. The cottage is very charming, well furnished and comfortable, with lots of character. Everything a family needs. There are plenty of books and dvds to keep you amused on bad weather days, although in August we had none of these. We were five...

Cobourg, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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Reviewed July 6, 2016 for a stay in June 2016

From the moment we drove into this awesome rental we all felt like we had landed somewhere magical. A stunning property that looked lovely in photos on various websites, but I can tell you it was beyond our expectations! Stunning!! We were greeted by Bernadette, Chantal, and Jean-Louis who were so gracious.They were there to explain all the details that...

Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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Reviewed September 10, 2015 for a stay in August 2015

We stayed at this wonderful country cottage for a week in August. The house is located in a very remote place, away from it all, but within a 10 min drive to a supermarket and other amenities. The house is cosy and comfortable and is well maintained. It is surrounded by a loverly garden and ample space incl. woods for...

  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Blender
  • Books
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Cots:(1)
  • Deck
  • Dining Seats (8)
  • Dishwasher
  • Double Beds:(2)
  • Dryer
  • DVD Player
  • Fireplace
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Hairdryer
  • Highchair
  • Internet Access
  • Iron
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room Seats (6)
  • Local Guides/Maps
  • Microwave
  • Outdoor Dining Area
  • Patio
  • Private Outdoor Pool (Heated)
  • Private Outdoor Pool (Unheated)
  • Private Yard
  • Queen Beds:(2)
  • Refrigerator
  • Safe
  • Sauna
  • Secure Parking
  • Stereo System
  • Stove
  • Suitable For Children Under 5
  • Telephone
  • Toaster
  • Towels Provided
  • TV
  • VCR
  • Washer
  • Wheelchair Accessible
House rules
    Ask about pets
    Smoking not allowed
This rental property is the owner's family house, nicely furnished and equipped. It needs to be treated with care. That is one of the reasons why the owner requires the signing...
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Dates Min stay Weeknight Weekend night Per week Per month
Default 3 nights
Jul 1, 2017 -
Sep 1, 2017
Summer Vacation
7 nights -- --
Sep 2, 2017 -
Oct 27, 2017
Late Summer
3 nights
Oct 28, 2017 -
Dec 22, 2017
3 nights
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  • Cleaning fee: $106 / stay - Fee
Additional Rate and Availability Information
The basic rental rate include the provision of linen & towels, all utilities (water and electricity, garbage collection), internet access, wood logs for the fireplace, bicycles, pool and garden maintenance, guide books and maps, indoor and outdoor games, DVD library, etc. This rate also includes local taxes. A 100 Euro fee is required for final cleaning in addition to the rental rate. A damage deposit (300 Euros) is requested upon arrival and refunded upon departure, provided that guests have left the place in good order and as they found it at their checking-in. A lease agreement that includes a cancellation policy, has to be signed by both parties to firm-up your booking. A 50% payment is required to book the place. The balance has to be paid off 45 days prior to our guests' arrival date at the latest.
The rates mentioned here above are for the main cottage (3 bedrooms, a den with extra single bed, plus sofa beds in the family room, 2.5 bath.6-8 guests). For those who rent th...
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About the neighborhood
The property is in the heart of the most famous French Renaissance chateaux area (Chambord, Cheverny, Chenonceau). It enjoys a very tranquil location in the countryside, although Chitenay --a lovely village, South of the Loire river-- is at biking distance (5 minutes or so). It is only 10 km from the Chateau de Cheverny and 15 km from the city of Blois.
The area is abutting the Sologne province, the best hunting grounds in France. This area has produced wines since at least the 6th century. That is why it is sometimes referred to as Sologne Viticole (the wine producing part of Sologne region).
This is a perfect getaway for a break from bustling cities to the "garden of France", as the kings and queens used to call that region: after all, it is a 2 hours drive from Paris and 40...
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How to get there
Airport: Tours: 29.8 mi
Railway: Blois: 9.9 mi
Activities nearby
Nearest Beach: 180.2 mi.
Nearby cities
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