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La Ménagerie is a late 18th century stone cottage and former wine-maker’s house with two detached barns. It is located in central Loire Valley, right in the heart of the Grand Chateau area: the Chambord,Cheverny and Chenonceau 'golden triangle'.
The cottage itself sits in the midst of woods, fields and vineyards, a very tranquil location, near a small hamlet of four farms and cottages. Yet, the villages of Chitenay or Fougeres-sur Bievre are at biking distance (2 miles). The small town of Contres, with all services and facilities, including two supermarkets and a weekly street market, is 10 min. away by car. The royal city of Blois is only 10 miles away. From Paris, it is about 2 hours and a half car ride and one hour and a half by train (Blois-Paris Austerlitz railway stations).
The house is typical of the traditional 'longère' style, with a long facade and an upper floor with dormer windows. Its surface is approximately 2045 square feet, or 190 m2. With three bedrooms, two bathrooms and two powder rooms with WC and basin, it can accommodate up to six adults in comfort, plus two youngsters in the family room and den. A renovation completed in 2005, preserved the character of the winemaker house while making it as comfortable as any contemporary home. Indeed, this property is not only charming... but also very comfortable! At “La Ménagerie”, charm does rime with comfort. It features quality beds and mattresses, fluffy towels, washer AND dryer, THREE WCs, two full bathrooms and two powder rooms (one at each floor), gourmet kitchen utensils and equipment, in particular. And a Finnish Sauna!
It is furnished with country style and a few French antiques, with a touch of international contemporary design, and decorated with antique paintings and tapestries. It features wooden ceiling beams, hardwood floors and a fireplace.
The house is set on two floors. The ground floor features a large living-room and dining area centered around a fireplace. The kitchen is open to the living and dining areas. It is well equipped with gourmet cooking utensils. The dining area has a large table that can sit up to eight persons.
The main bedroom downstairs has a queen size bed and its French window opens to a pergola and a deck around the pool on the South-West facade (enjoy the sunsets!). The other bedroom on the ground floor has twin beds; its French window opens to a patio (North-East facade), with teak table and chairs shadowed by pine trees and silver birch trees. The ground floor also features a laundry room with a SAUNA, a full bathroom with a shower and toilet, and a powder room with a toilet and basin.
The third bedroom is upstairs and has a full size bed under the roof. It is lightened with two dormer windows and is en suite with a bathroom that has a bathtub, and a powder room with a toilet and basin. The bedroom also opens into a library full of books in English, French and Spanish. On this same first floor, there is a family room with a flat-screen TV and sound system. This family room can accommodate two children or teenagers in a sofa bed.
In addition to the main house, a side/self standing charming cottage with a veranda and a full bathroom can accommodate two more guests in comfort in case you would have to accommodate two additional guests for your family and siblings reunion. This is optional and it is not included in the basic rental fees for the property. No guests will be occupying the side cottage, though, if you rent the main cottage, in order to ensure full privacy to your party.
With numerous windows, large skylights and a South- West main exposure, the house enjoys lots of sunlight and great views of night skies full of stars. Windows on the south-west side look towards the pool and nearest hamlet; other windows have stunning views on the surrounding fields, vineyards and woods.
Keywords: French Country living, rural Gite, French Cottage, Chateau country, Central Loire Valley, Blois, Cheverny, Chambord, Sologne, vacation rental for family reunions in France, French country lifestyle, sleeps 6 to 8, all generations, vacation rental in the center of France, French Country lifestyle, Loire wines, Loire vineyards, wineries, chateau hop and stop, chateau hopping, gourmet cooking, large living room, three bedrooms two full bathrooms, three WC. Loire Valley hiking and biking, Loire Valley wines,
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Apr 25 - Jun 26, 2015
4 night min stay
Ssummer Vacation 2015
Jun 27 - Sep 5, 2015
7 night min stay
Late Summer 2015
Sep 6 - Oct 30, 2015
4 night min stay
Oct 31 - Dec 18, 2015
3 night min stay
Dec 19 - Jan 4, 2016
7 night min stay
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
Rates mentioned here above are in EUROS and subject to changes until reservation is confirmed (lease agreement signing). There is a mandatory €90.00 final cleaning fee plus a €20.00 flat fee for utilities at Fall, Wintertime and Early Spring seasons. Management fees and local taxes are included in the rental rate and the property is managed by the owner himself. Refundable damage deposit is €500
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Flying over the Loire Valley Grand Chateau in a hot air balloon; having a picnic in the most beautiful French gardens such as Villandry and Chaumont; swimming in the biggest natural pool in Europe at Mont-Près Chambord park; Visiting the mansion where Leonardo da Vinci spent his last ten years in Amboise; encountering the newly arrived Pandas at the Beauval Zoo; spending a day at Futuroscope, a world class amusement park; biking or canoeing along the river Loire; hopping and stopping the farmers markets and wineries ('Cheverny' and 'Touraine' AOC'); going to a sound and light show in the grandiose set-up of chateau Chateau Chambord, Blois or Amboise; Visiting the chocolate factory and museum of a French Maître chocolatier in Bracieux, etc. The owner will provide you with an exhaustive info. packet on things to do in the area. Very much appreciated by previous guests (see their comments).
Year Purchased: 1989
About the owner: The owner is a Frenchman retired from an international organization, based in the Washington DC area. He manages his property himself and will do his best to make your rental experience stress free. He is very responsive and will provide you with the information needed to fully enjoy all the benefits of staying in his property. For more than eight years he has been locally assisted by the same local house caretakers, committed to make you feel at home with an authentic and unpretentious sense of hospitality. The owner bought that property in 1989, a couple of weeks before being assigned to the USA for professional reasons. He bought a property in that area because he has family roots in the Loire Valley: his grandmother was born and raised in this area; this is why he is so familiar with it. He often stays at 'La Menagerie' with his wife, children and best friends. This is where they have family reunions. Since he oftentimes travels abroad and doesn't like smartphones, instant messaging and all that, the best way to communicate with him is through Emails. He has a verified PayPal merchant account. For your rental payments he can send you invoices that are payable with any major credit card.
Why the Owner Chose Chitenay:
First: location: it is hard to find a better base for chateau hopping: “La Ménagerie” is right in central section of the Loire Valley, in the heart of the so called “golden triangle” of French Grand Chateaux: Chambord, Cherverny and Chenonceau. Second: location: “La Ménagerie” sits in a exceptionally quiet and relaxing environment, so enjoyable for nature lovers! Walk-out from the house and follow the 300 Km of secure and well signaled bike paths and hiking trails throughout the chateau country. Third: location: “La Ménagerie” is not in the middle of nowhere!: it belongs to the jurisdiction of Chitenay, a charming village with a boulangerie/grocery and a gourmet Auberge-Restaurant; farmers markets, good restaurants and supermarkets are countless in the neighboring localities such as Bracieux or Cour-Cheverny, in small towns such as Contres or Amboise or even cities (the Royal city of Blois, being only 15 min. away by car). This the French art of living at its best! Also because it is ideal for family and friends reunions. The cottage’s layout ensures privacy in each bedroom with an en suite bathroom upstairs, while offering an ideal set-up for unforgettable moments all together. Kids love it! They love to play in the pool, watch dragonflies and French frog in the little pond. And they love the amusement parks and children museums all around, the Beauval Zoo, in particular, one of the very few Panda zoos int the world.
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
Previous guests from all around the world have posted outstanding reviews highlighting what a unique experience their stay at La Menagerie was. Check them-out on some the most visited vacation rental sites. We have returning guests for the third time! To them, La Ménagerie has become their home away from home! They have loved to watch the hot air balloons or beautiful peacocks flying over the property; play golf in the Cheverny castle estate park (a few minutes away by car); they have loved the views from any window of the cottage, over fields, woods, vineyards and ponds; they have loved dining or sipping a glass of local wine on the deck around the pool with stunning views on the country side around. They have loved biking to the village to the bakery or the restaurant's garden and terrace in Chitenay; or simply walking-out from the house and explore the beautiful surroundings through so many hiking and biking trails. Foodies have enjoyed cooking in a well equipped kitchen with gourmet utensils or going-out to a restaurant for a unique dining experience. The property is also a good value with loads of perks. It offers a number of extra features, at no extra costs or hidden fees: bicycles; all kinds of tennis, badminton and ping pong rackets, a basic set of golf clubs, hammocks, pétanque/bocce bowls, a huge book and DVD library, CDs, maps and guide books, a Finnish Sauna to relax after a busy day at chateau hopping, etc. To facilitate your vacation planning, a comprehensive info. packet (in English) on things to do in the area, that includes the owner’s selection of local restaurants and wineries, will be given to you way before your arr
La Ménagerie Cottage - Main Facade with two dormer windows
La Ménagerie Cottage. Main Facade and Front Yard
Outdoor dining terrace with gloriette, kitchen entrance door in the background
Bedroom, ground floor, with twin size beds
Room under the Rooftop (upstairs)-View from the library/den
Bathroom, en suite with the Bedroom under the Rooftop, upstairs (1st floor)
La Ménagerie's old well-Summertime
La Menagerie Property-Main house (on the left); small cottage (optional) + barn
Chitenay village, Main St, 5 min. bike ride from the property. Town Hall, church
South-West Facade with deck and pool, close-up
South West Facade with deck and pool
Living area with open kitchen and bar stands in the background
Bedroom, ground floor, with queen bed and access to the deck and pool
Full Size bed in the third bedroom, upstairs, en suite with a full bathroom
Library/den + desk, en suite with the bedroom upstairs, under the rooftop
Family Room, upstairs
Hot air balloon flying over La Menagerie Estate (fields and woods.)
Woods at Fall-La Ménagerie backyard
Vineyards, fields and woods around the property
Summer fair in Chitenay village-A five min. bike drive from La Ménagerie.
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