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18th Century Stone Barn in a Magical, Ideal Loire Valley Setting

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Last updated: 01/24/2015
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  • Minimum stay:4 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Chinon barn description

In the heart of the Loire Valley, ten minutes from the fortress city of Chinon and the Royal Abbey of Fontevraud, located in a tranquil valley with spectacular views, this renovated, 18th Century stone barn is new to the rental market as of April, 2011. Many of the grand Chateaux of the Loire Valley: Villandry, Chenonceau, Usse, Azay-le-Rideau and Saumur are easy half-day trips. For cycling enthusiasts, we are less than a kilometre from the main bike route through the Loire Valley; and for food and wine enthusiasts, the Loire Valley, is known as the 'garden' of France. We are surrounded by the vineyards of Chinon, Bourgueil and Saumur which produce some of France's finest wines and best values. From its famous chèvre, the mushrooms of the troglodyte caves of Saumur, to the white asparagus grown in sandy Loire soil, the region offers a rich bounty. Your hosts, former restaurant owners from San Francisco, are available to cater meals and conduct local food and wine tours.


Chinon Château: The mount of Chinon was first fortified as a stronghold by Theobald I, Count of Blois in the year 954. In the 12th century Chinon was then independent of the kingdom of France, and was a primary residence of Henry II Plantagenet, Angevin King and King of England. King Henry died in Chinon Castle after being defeated by his sons Richard and John in a rebellion aided by Phillip Augustus of France; he, his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine, and their son King Richard the Lionheart were all buried at nearby Fontevraud Abbey. Later, the château was a residence of Charles VII, the Dauphin of France in the early 15th century, when Joan of Arc arrived at the castle, at the beginning of her quest to liberate France from the English on March 8, 1429; it was here that she recognized the disguised Dauphin from amongst his courtiers, a feat which helped to persuade him to accede to her urging to declare himself king and raise an army to liberate France. A visit here is a must for any history buff.

Royal Abbey of Fontevraud: The Abbey was founded in 1100 by Robert of Arbrissel, who had just created a new order, the Order of Fontevrault. The first permanent structures were built between 1110 and 1119. The abbey was a double monastery, with both monks and nuns on the same site. An international success, the order established several 'Fontevrist' abbeys set up in England. Robert of Arbrissel declared that the leader of the order should always be a woman and appointed Petronille de Chemillé as the first abbess. She was succeeded by Matilda of Anjou, the aunt of Henry II of England. This was the start of a position that attracted many rich and noble abbesses over the years, including members of the French Bourbon royal family. In the early years the Plantagenets were great benefactors of the abbey and while Isabella d'Anjou was abbess, Henry II's widow Eleanor of Aquitaine became a nun there. During the French Revolution, the order was dissolved. The restoration of the abbey church was finished in 2006.

Wines of Chinon: The red and rosé wines of Chinon are made from the Cabernet Franc grape, and are typically dry and light to medium bodied and go well with food. In good vintages the red wines can be cellared for 10 years or more. Cabernet Franc grown on the stony terraces of the area tends to be a young wine with dominant notes of blackcurrant and anise. Though typically thought of as lighter wines, reds from good producers and strong vintages can be full bodied and well structured for aging. Their white wines, though lesser known, are quite good and are made from Chenin Blanc. Two of the more noteworthy vintners of Chinon, and well worth a visit, are Bernard Baudry and Charles Jouguet. Wine tours are available through your hosts.

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Property Type

  • Barn
  • 60 m²

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

              • Private Chef

              Suitability

              • Non Smoking Only:

                Exterior smoking only....moreless

              • Not Suitable For Children
              • Pets Not Allowed
              • Unsuitable For Elderly Or Infirm
              • Wheelchair Inaccessible

              Bedrooms: 0 Bedrooms, Sleeps 2, Beds for 2

              • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

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              • The bedroom area looks out over the valley to the Chateau Montpensier. The bedroom has a Queen-size, American Bed....moreless

              Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

              • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

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              • The over-sized bathroom has a walk-in Roman shower and views of the surrounding fields....moreless

              Entertainment

              • Books
              • DVD Player
              • Stereo
              • Television
              • Video Library

              Theme

              • Adventure
              • Tourist Attractions

              Attractions

              • Botanical Garden
              • Caves
              • Churches
              • Cinemas
              • Museums
              • Restaurants
              • Ruins
              • Winery Tours
              • Zoo

              Local Services & Businesses

              • ATM/Bank
              • Groceries
              • Hospital
              • Laundromat
              • Massage Therapist
              • Medical Services

              Leisure Activities

              • Antiquing
              • Horseback Riding
              • Scenic Drives
              • Shopping
              • Sight Seeing
              • Walking

              Location Type

              • Monument View:

                View of the Chateau Montpensier...moreless

              • River:

                The Loire and Vienne Rivers minutes away....moreless

              • Rural:

                Agricultural valley with views to a Renaissance Chateau on the opposite ridge....moreless

              • Town:

                Chinon and Fontevraud just 10 minutes. Saumur 25 minutes, Tours 45 minutes....moreless

              Sports & Adventure Activities

              • Cycling
              • Equestrian Events
              • Golf
              • Hiking
              • Hot Air Ballooning
              • Swimming
              • Tennis

              Dining

              • Dining:

                Multi-course dinners with all wines available with advance planning at 40 euros per person. Food and wine tours and cooking classes are also available....moreless

              • Dining Area
              • Seating for 4 people

              General

              • Alarm Clock
              • Basic Soaps
              • Clothes Dryer:

                Available...moreless

              • Computer Available:

                Apple Mac is supplied....moreless

              • Filtered Water
              • Hair Dryer
              • Internet
              • Iron & Board
              • Linens Provided
              • Living Area
              • Local Maps
              • Macintosh Computer
              • Mobile Phone:

                available by the week....moreless

              • Paper Towels
              • Parking
              • Parking Off Street:

                Courtyard...moreless

              • Toilet Paper
              • Towels Provided
              • Washing Machine:

                Available...moreless

              • Wireless Internet:

                Satellite system, not super fast but very reliable. Unlimited emails, web-surfing, etc. Not suitable for streaming video or visual calls....moreless

              Kitchen

              • 4 Ring Stove
              • Catering Available:

                www.loireculinarytours.com...moreless

              • Coffee Maker
              • Cooking Utensils:

                Extensive collection of utensils and more available on request....moreless

              • Dishes & Utensils
              • Dishwasher
              • Freezer
              • Grill
              • Kitchen:

                Fully equipped and outfitted for the serious cook...moreless

              • Microwave
              • Oven
              • Pantry Items
              • Refrigerator
              • Stove
              • Toaster

              Outside

              • Deck / Patio:

                Multiple outdoor venues, covered or not....moreless

              • Lawn / Garden
              • Outdoor Grill
              • Patio
               

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              €125
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              Location

              30 Miles
              Nearest Airport
              Tours
              6 Miles
              Nearest Barpub
              Chinon or Fontevraud
              180 Miles
              Nearest Ferry
              Caen
              10 Miles
              Nearest Golf
              Roiffe
              6 Miles
              Nearest Train
              Chinon
              8 Miles
              Nearest Motorway
              Bourgueil
              6 Kilometres
              Nearest Restaurant
              Chinon or Fontevraud (On Site Available)
              240 Miles
              Nearest Beach
              La Baule

              The Loire Valley, also known as the 'Garden of France” has been blessed by temperate weather and good soil. Here, France’s royalty built a thousand chateaux, some of the world's finest, and a short distance from Paris.

              In 2000, UNESCO added the central part of the Loire River valley to its list of World Heritage Sites. In choosing this area that includes the French départements of Loiret, Loir-et-Cher, Indre-et-Loire, and Maine-et-Loire, the committee said that the Loire Valley is: 'an exceptional cultural landscape, of great beauty, comprised of historic cities and villages, great architectural monuments - the Châteaux - and lands that have been cultivated and shaped by centuries of interaction between local populations and their physical environment, in particular the Loire itself.'

              A visitor to the Loire Valley will find a region of France still mostly unspoiled by over-population or current fad. Fortunately, Peter Mayle wrote 'A Year in Provence' not 'A Year in the Loire.'

              Other Activities: winery tours, chateau visits

               

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              Speaks: english, french

               

              Photos

              • Summer, 2014

                Summer, 2014

              • Summertime View

                Summertime View

              • Moonrise Over The Valley

                Moonrise Over The Valley

              • A Short Stroll to the Village Baker

                A Short Stroll to the Village Baker

              • Queen-size American Bed

                Queen-size American Bed

              • Walk-In Shower

                Walk-In Shower

              • Our Wine Cave

                Our Wine Cave

              • Tomatoes From The Vegetable Garden

                Tomatoes From The Vegetable Garden

              • Main House Professional Kitchen

                Main House Professional Kitchen

              • Composed Summer Salad

                Composed Summer Salad

              • Fromage!

                Fromage!

              • Estate Sale

                Estate Sale

              • Exterior East Facade

                Exterior East Facade

              • Hot Air Balloons over the Valley

                Hot Air Balloons over the Valley

              • View from Chinon Castle

                View from Chinon Castle

              • Living Room Area

                Living Room Area

              • Bathroom Sink Area

                Bathroom Sink Area

              • Serious Kitchen for Serious Cooks

                Serious Kitchen for Serious Cooks

              • Pick Your Own For Clafoutis

                Pick Your Own For Clafoutis

              • The Garlic Harvest

                The Garlic Harvest

              • Chicken Grilled Under Bricks

                Chicken Grilled Under Bricks

              • Summer Pizza from our outdoor oven

                Summer Pizza from our outdoor oven

              • Tarte Tatin of Pears from our garden

                Tarte Tatin of Pears from our garden

              • Local 'Brocante' (Flea Market)

                Local 'Brocante' (Flea Market)

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              Date last modified - Saturday, January 24, 2015

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              • Sleeps
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              • Bedrooms
                0
              • Bathrooms
                1
              • Property type
                Barn
              • Reviews
                15
              Owner
              Member since: 2011
              Speaks: english, french
              • Calendar last updated: 01/24/2015
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