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While not a real castle (well, ok, it's not really a castle at all), Château Chaptal is like a castle to us. The apartment is an eclectic mix of historic charm and modern luxury, and we have done our best to provide everything you will need to have an outstanding stay. The 850 square foot apartment boasts original beams, high ceilings, and large windows, along with a beautiful stainless steel kitchen and completely renovated and updated bathrooms. With its six large windows and high ceilings, the apartment is airy and light. Luxury linens and high quality sleeping and living amenities make the apartment welcoming and comfortable.
When you enter the building from the street, you walk through a hallway and into a beautiful small garden area which is shared by the building's residents (there are only four other units in the building). You are welcome to use the 'garden chairs' to enjoy your coffee and croissants in the morning or an evening aperitif and appetizers. Bask in the sun as you read or relax and enjoy the herbs and flowers in the garden. The apartment is up one flight of stairs, which are wide and not steep, making them easy to maneuver, very unusual in older French buildings.
The apartment is recently renovated (December 2011--January 2012) and provides old-world charm with modern day comfort. Stainless steel, high-end appliances make the kitchen a pleasure to work in (should you desire), and everything you will need to make and serve meals is provided. There is a large, open kitchen and dining room area, with a beautiful solid oak table that can easily seat 6 people, along with several armchairs for relaxing with your coffee or an afternoon aperitif. The living room is adjacent, separated by original wooden beams, making it open and yet giving it its own space. There is a sleeper sofa and armchair, along with a television and several antique tables in the room.
Off the hallway is the bedroom, large by French standards, with a French king size bed (smaller than an American king, but larger than a Queen, about 5.6' by 6.5'). There is a closet and a dresser so you can unpack and relax in your new home, along with bookcases and a nightstand. On the bookcase you will find a large variety of films, compact discs, and books--just in case you get bored and need something to do. There are even a variety of cookbooks, in French and English, should you decide to cook during your stay.
Further down the hallway is a full bathroom, which boasts a large glass and tile shower, with both a fixed, rainfall shower head and a removable sprayer. It is more than big enough for even a tall American. There is also an antique sink stand, a lighted wall mirror, a heated towel rack, and a toilet. At the end of the hallway is a half bath with a toilet, sink, and medicine cabinet. While not large, it is nice to have another space to use as a bathroom facility.
We have recently finished the second bedroom, which is available should you need it (it is locked when the property is rented as a one bedroom). It is a lovely space just off the main hallway with a bed that can either be made up as a French king or as two twins. There is a small dresser and a table and chair should you wish to sit and work. PLEASE NOTE that the ceiling in this room is sloped and low, and while most folks can stand up in part of it, many will need to pay attention to their heads at some point! It is a very nice room and works well as a second bedroom, but you do need to be attentive to the low ceiling.
The apartment is located steps off of the Rue Nationale, a semi-pedestrian street lined with charming little shops and boutiques. It is only minutes from the Château d'Amboise and Clos Lucé (Da Vinci's last home which is now a museum). In addition, the marché, or weekly market, takes place along the Loire every Friday and Sunday, and is only a 3 minute walk from the apartment. This prime location makes seeing the sights and enjoying the city easy and enjoyable.
Amboise is located in the heart of the Loire Valley, in almost the center of France, making it an ideal location from which to explore the multitude of castles in the region. It is easily accessible from Paris by train or car (about a 2 hour trip) and is only 20 minutes from Tours. Within close proximity are Chenonceau, Blois, Chambord, Villandry, Chaumont, Langeais, Ussé, and many other château in the Loire Valley. In addition, there are many vineyards to explore, from the Vouvray whites to Chinon reds. You can easily walk to the apartment from the train station (about a 20 minute walk), or a taxi will cost you about 10€ (depending on the number of people and suitcases).
We strive to provide a welcoming atmosphere and a high level of comfort, while at the same time making this a true 'pied à terre' for our guests. We want you to feel like you're in France, with all the charm and character of a real French apartment, but also feel that you're at home--especially after a long day of sightseeing.
If you are spending additional time in the Loire Valley, check out this beautiful one bedroom apartment. It is in a real castle located in a very small village outside of Orleans: VRBO# #457445. The owners are friends and the apartment is beautiful, tell them Sandra sent you.
King size beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1) In the second bedroom, there is a bed that can be made up as a king size bed or as two single beds., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) The living room has a sleeper sofa which converts to a double bed....moreless
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In town is the Château D'Amboise and Clos Lucé, nearby are Chenonceau, Villandry, Azay le Rideau, Ussé (the Sleeping Beauty castle), Chambord, Chaumont, and many other châteaux of the Loire, great biking along the Loire à Vélo path, wine tasting and vineyard tours are available and are also available in town, the Mini-Châteaux park, the Aquarium, the Zoo, and many other attractions
Year Purchased: 2011
About the owner: We (Sandra and Tim) are ex-pat wannabees who would love to retire in France, but have children who still cost a bit too much for us to attempt this daring feat. Yet, we hope one day that this dream will become a reality, and thus have invested in a modest yet lovely little place in Amboise. We both work at universities in the U.S., Sandra as an Associate Professor in sociology of education and Tim as a systems analyst for a large university library system. Our love of France began many years ago. We first discovered Amboise on a family vacation in 2005, and fell in love with the city. We have been coming back regularly since then to delight in the food, wine, biking, hiking, and culture. We love to bike along the Loire, run in the countryside, drink the fine reds and whites of the region, go antiquing, and meander through the market.
Why the Owner Chose Amboise: We chose Amboise because of its proximity to Paris and to so many different cultural and natural attractions. The apartment appealed to us because of its central location, historic charm, and beautiful interior courtyard. Our goal when in France is to not have to drive and Amboise is perfect for that. You can go almost anywhere you need to go by train, bus, and/or bike. There is a never-ending variety of things to do and explore, and the weather is much more temperate than the highs and lows we are used to in Michigan and Ohio. What more could we ask for?
The Unique Benefits at this Apartment: The apartment is right off of the Rue Nationale, a fabulous pedestrian walkway with cobblestone streets, an old clock tower, and a variety of shops and boutiques. There are at least 5 different bakeries within a 10 minute walk, but our favorite is Boulangerie Gauvrau, which is perhaps the furthest (4/10 of a mile or about a 10 minute walk), but in our estimation definitely has the best bread (mot to mention luscious desserts). The market takes place every Friday and Sunday, with Sunday being one of the largest and finest in the area, definitely try not to miss it. You can buy meat, veggies, fruits, furniture, scarves, paella, roast chicken and potatoes, fresh pasta, olives, bras, cooking utensils, soap...well, you get the picture, just about anything. It is a delight for the eyes, ears, and nose, but don't go if you're in a hurry, the crowds stroll slowly!
We also provide a detailed list of restaurants, with reviews (from us, from friends, and from former renters). There are a large variety of restaurants available, from creperies to pizzerias to traditional French 'brasserie' type restaurants. We also have a French chef who is able to prepare meals in the apartment for you or provide cooking lessons should you want them.