19th Century Manor House Set in a Working Organic Vineyard
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- Wheel chair accessible:No
Chinon chateau / country house description
The view from the Clos des Capucins manor house is exceptional. Situated on the top of a hill, it looks directly across to the legendary Chinon Castle where the Plantagenet King Henry II, his wife Eleanor of Acquitaine and their son Richard the Lionheart once resided.
The castle later became the setting for the historic meeting of Joan of Arc and the French Dauphin, where she persuaded him to provide her with troops to rid France of the English and end the 100 Years War.
The manor house is surrounded by gardens and a walled vineyard. The new owner, Fiona Beeston, wine journalist and author, is injecting new life (bio-dynamic) into this forgotten gem of a vineyard, first established by the Capucins monks in 1604.
The monastery was burnt down during the French Revolution. The house that now stands on the site is part 18th/part 19th Century. Recently redecorated, it has a warm family-house feel. Views from every window are exquisite, some straight out of a XVIIth painting - lush countryside with the meandering river, vineyards, chateaux....
A five minutes' walk from the Clos des Capucins will lead you down a cobbled street lined with medieval to Renaissance buildings, and then onto the main square with a fountain and cafés.
Alastair Sawday's say:
"A big well-decorated, light-filled family house with its own vineyard and beautiful views of Chinon’s rooftops and river. Chateaux nearby"
"It feels great to be here, in this sunny winegrower's house, half way up the hill above the town with the dreamiest views. Look east from your sloping lawn to Chinon's rooftops and castle, south to the meandering river… you could spend hours beneath the spreading cedar just soaking up the view. Back inside are well-proportioned, light-flooded rooms spread over two floors, plus two simpler bedrooms up in the attic, linked by a central curved wooden staircase; you won't be short of space! There's a panelled dining room with built-in corner cupboards guarding smart dinner services and glass, a sitting room with comfy sofas and a parlour feel, logs for cosy nights in, a small library well stocked, a den-like room for reading and writing, and a big farmhouse kitchen with a super old table and a modern gas-fired range. All is freshly painted to a high standard and unfussily furnished with good fabrics and furniture. The biodynamic vineyard lies behind, historic Chinon lies below, there's delicious swimming in the river and châteaux by the hatful. Wonderful for a family or two."
Keywords: Refurbished, 19th century decor, breathtaking views, lawn, walking distance to town,
- Chateau / Country House
- Vacation Rental
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Not Allowed
- Children Welcome
Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 10
- Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1)
Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
- Cooking Utensils
- Linens Provided
- Clothes Dryer
- Wood Fireplace
- Washing Machine
- Wood Stove
- Parking Off Street
- CD Player
- Wireless Internet
- Outdoor Grill
Location & View
- Water View
- Monument View
- Hot Air Ballooning
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Sight Seeing
- Wine tastings!
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Perfect in EVERY way!
Perfect in EVERY way!
Thank you so much for the wonderful experience of staying at Clos des Capucins. Everything in the descriiption of this beautiful home was accurate but the" real thing" far exceeded or expectations.To find a home with this location,views, grounds and classic decor is a joy indeed. This home was a joy to spend time in, it was clean and very well maintained. Fiona the owner was a delight. She met us on arrival, had wine and cheese with us and gave us much needed information about the area. During our week Fiona treated us to a tour of Chinon and the local markets , she made us feel right at home. On our arrival the kitchen was stocked with the most delicious cheese, fresh breads, fruit, juice and the best mustard I have ever had!. The bedrooms were all very comfortable with quality bedding. You have your choice of a quick shower or a relaxing soak in the claw-foot tubs. The library is well stocked with great books for an afternoon of relaxing. The house was sunny and devine. Chinon is a perfect location for touring the Loire Valley. We visited Chambord, Amboise and Chenonceau as well as my personal favorites Villandry and Langeais. The town of Chinon is charming, with great shopping,restaurants and warm friendly people. You can walk to town in 10 min. or less. The castle is a great day trip and you have the best view of it from your bedroom window. We spent every morning on the front lawn having coffee and admiring the vineyards, the river(that you can swim and fish in) and the castle/town view. I would recommend this beautiful home to anyone looking for a place for some quiet time or a central location for exploring this stunning part of France. Thank you again, Fiona for sharing your treasure with us, we hope to return soon.
- Guest Trina (South Carolina USA)
- Date of stay 07/21/12
- Review Submitted 10/24/12
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, age 55+, families with young children, sightseeing, adventure seekers, families with teenagers, girls getaway.
2000 a week off-season 2500 a week in summer time Payments through PayPal or by bank transfer Additional charge for heating bill during the winter
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Year Purchased: 2010
About the owner: I am an organic British winemaker. 2011 was my very first vintage and the wine is still ageing in the oak barrels in the domaine's cellars. I first came to France in the 70's for my love of wine and haven't left it since. I used to be a wine critic and published a book "The wine men" in 1989. I spent 3 years searching for the perfect terroir in Chinon to make red wine (Cabernet-Franc) and found this spectacular property. The first wines to be made on this very spot date back to 1604.
Why the Owner Chose Chinon:
I first bought the property for its vines, the unique terroir and amazing view. It happened to have a Manor House in desperate need of attention. I spent 2 years refurbishing it with a decorator specialised in Chateaux in the Loire Valley. It has a definite 18th to 19th century ambiance.
The Unique Benefits at this Chateau / Country House:
The astonishing view is quite simply unique. Being in a walled garden but only a few minutes walk or drive from the town center is perfect for holidays. You will be surrounded by vines – a magical setting – a great introduction to the wine region (Chinon, Saumur, Bourgueil, etc.)
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Manor House seen from the river Vienne
Living room with fire place and Grand piano (Pleyel)
Entrance hall leading to staircase, kitchen, dining room, living room & library
Top floor double bedroom. You can see the Chateau of Chinon in the distance
Picture of the Clos des Capucins taken from the Chateau
The manor house and the front lawn
Early morning in september View from master bedroom
Master Bedroom with en-suite bathroom
Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom
Single bedroom Again, you can see the Chateau through the window.
Horse-ploughing at the Clos des Capucins
Detail of the mosaic in the entrance
Under the January 2012 snow!
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