Manor House | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
The Chateau du Clos was built a millennium ago and as such is a rare example of history with all its idiosyncrasies yet with comfortable and modern furnishings. The Chateau is both tastefully and authentically decorated.
The Chateau du Clos actually overlooks the River Loire, which makes the views from the terrace simply magical. There are many magnificent mature trees within the lush grounds & parkland. 8 guests can be accommodated in the 4 luxurious bedrooms and generous reception rooms. The chateau is in close proximity to the local village and not far from the grand city of Orleans.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Aéroport Tours Val de Loire 80 km, Nearest railway: Meung Sur Loire 5 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 17 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 16 En suites|
|Furniture||Double beds (16)|
|Outdoors||Private tennis court|
|Further details indoors|
The interior has just been renovated to the highest standards of luxury. Features include Versailles style marble floors, Napoleon III crystal chandeliers and extremely stylish wall decorations Almost all the bedrooms have a fireplace and are minimum of 30sqm. Some of the bathrooms are located in the charming round towers. The castle also has a ballroom for large group entertainment.
Within the chateau there are 16 bedrooms all with en-suite bathroom, an Orangerie, the ballroom (which is connected through large doors to the courtyard and can be used as a huge entertainment space), the courtyard, a chapel, 2 red salons, the main hall and a fully equipped catering kitchen. The staff are always on site (but very discreet) to attend to your needs.
|Further details outdoors|
Set in the middle of 200 hectares of vineyards, forest and hills, the castle is located in stunning, unspoiled surroundings. The private park includes tennis court, 30x10m swimming pool and helipad.
- Concierge/Secretary: Service Our personal assistant will take care of all your needs such as booking tables, sending faxes, organizing trips etc.
- Housekeeping Service: Our housekeepers will take care of cleaning, washing, ironing and preparation of your room each day.
- Serving: Our housekeeper will serve you breakfast, light lunch and dinner according to your requirements.
- Chauffeur Service: You will have a driver at your disposal.
- Chateaux Services: Our staff will also take care of the everyday routines at the castle, such as: carrying suitcases/or other things, walk your dogs, open doors for you, light the fireplaces, daily cleaning, prepare cushions and parasols for poolside garden furniture etc.
- Additional services on request: We can as a supplement offer: cooking/chef, hairdresser, nail/skin treatments, massage, babysitter, personal tennis trainer, caretaker/guide for tour trips for you and your guests or children.
The Loire Valley region
Playground of the kings of France for many centuries, the Loire Valley's chief glory lies in the many magnificent chateaux studding the banks of the river and its tributaries. These sumptuous palaces, castles and their noble gardens are among the country's main attractions.
The Beauce, north of the Loire, is made of vast wheat fields. South of the river, the Sologne is known for its majestic lakes and its forests, historically a favoured royal hunting ground. Farther south lie the rolling hills of the Berry, one of the most deeply rural parts of France.
There are over a thousand chateaux in France, and some of the most outstanding are located in the Loire Valley. All of the chateaux in the Loire are exceptional in their own right - whether an historical site, owned privately or by the government, the tours through these beautiful castles are the only practical means to support them.
France is fortunate to possess so many standing castles after the ravages caused by centuries of wars. Some of the better known and most visited chateaux include: Amboise, Angers, Azay-le-Rideau, Blois, Chambord, Chenonceaux, Cheverny, and Villandry.
An ancient Roman city, Orléans is the region's capital, and historically one of France's major centres of learning. Its place in history was secured in 1429, when a peasant girl by the name of Jeanne d'Arc (Joan of Arc), stormed the city, smashed the British forces who had laid siege to it for seven months, and marched Charles VII north to the city of Reims to be crowned King of France. This was a turning point in the Hundred Years war that was fought until 1453 between the English and the Capetian kings. Northeast of the city lies the foret d'Orléans a 38,000 hectares elk-rich forest, that is a hiker's paradise. Southeast is the town of Sancerre, where one of the region's most famous white wines is produced.
The historic town of Bourges, with its cobbled streets, many architectural treasures and its Saint-Etienne cathedral (considered one of the most outstanding examples of Gothic architecture in all of France) is well worth a visit.
Val-de-Loire boasts twenty-two world-class wines - Loire wines are known, near and far, for their light, fruity flavour and bouquet - some of the more noted include: Sancerre, Valencay, Montlouis, Pouilly Fouisse and Vouvray.
The area is also well known for its specialty cheeses which include Crottin de Chavignol and Sainte-Maure de Touraine. The real Crottin de Chavignal comes from the raw milk of a breed of mountain goats and is usually served coated in fine herbs. As the cheese matures and hardens the flavour becomes more intense. Sainte-Maure de Touraine is considered to be the masterpiece of Touraine goat's cheese. This stark white cheese is first rolled in misty and citrus flavoured black wood ash. The cheese then matures to produce a light salty taste, a walnut aroma and a slightly nutty flavour.
Freshwater fish from the rivers such as salmon, perch and trout are other regional favourites. Mushrooms from the local caves, wild duck, pheasant, hare, boar, deer and quail are other popular classics. The famous French upside-down apple pie known as the "tarte tatin" also comes from the Loire Valley.
The patchwork fields, cool forests and lazy rivers of the Loire Valley invite the active holidaymakers to walk, cycle, windsurf, sail and canoe in the gentle countryside. Tennis players and golfers will find first rate facilities throughout the region. Visitors can drift leisurely over the châteaux and countryside in a hot air balloon or enjoy the spectacular sights from ground level by hiring a houseboat or barge for the day.
The village has a variety of shops and several restaurants including one particularly good one. Orleans 10 minutes away by car has everything and more, and evidence of its link with the Maid of Orleans is everywhere; it is also the centre for the wine produced in the vineyards surrounding the city and there are several places where you can taste.
The pleasures of Paris are little more than one hour from here (by car or direct trains from Orleans) Versailles Chateau is also 1 hour away. There are 3 golf courses within a radius of 15 kilometres, La Ferte Saint Aubin; another is the famous Baron BIC course at Les Bordes, 25 kilometres away. You can take balloon flights and see some of the countryside and hidden chateaux from the air, or hire kayaks, fish and even swim in the river.
The magnificent Chateau de Chambord is 25 kilometres from here, worth seeing for its awesome size alone. The Cheverny Vineyards are to the south of Chambord, and Cheverny Chateau has some magnificent paintings and a hunting museum. Further south is Valencay and its splendid formal gardens and another chance to taste the wine at local vineyards. Also there are many other great chateaux as Blois, Chaumont (with a famous garden festival during the summer), and Amboise etc. Many typical and attractive villages on the banks of the Loire as Meung sur Loire, (6kms) Beaugency (10 kilometres) each with their own chateau, and there are other deep in the Orleans forest.
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