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Château Chaptal: Historic Elegance with Modern Luxury

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 850 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Apartment, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 4-5)

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 amenities, 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. High quality sleeping and living amenities, including linens, 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 and table 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 was renovated in 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.

There is also a 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 5 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.

Keywords: Historic, downtown, large two bedroom

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Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
September 22, 2017

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 (now in the past tense for Sandra) at universities in the U.S.: Sandra was a Professor in sociology of education and is now an independent research consultant, and Tim is 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.

The Owner purchased this apartment in 2011

Why The Owner chose Centre-Loire Valley

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?

What makes this apartment unique

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had such a wonderful time staying at your ``chateau``, we haven`t a single thing to criticize. Everything was provided with care and thoughtfulness. We especially loved your well appointed kitchen. It was a pleasure preparing our evening meals with fresh quality produce and meat from the stores just steps away from the front door. The roominess and brightness of the apartment, the clean and modern bathroom and the comfortable bedrooms all contributed to the overall enjoyable experience. We sometimes rent out our own cottage and understand the qualms associated with renting a place where you`ve spent so much effort in making it homey and comfortable. As such, we considered ourselves guests in your home instead of renters of a just another apartment.

Your location is truly well situated, as beautiful Amboise is the perfect place to use as home base for touring the chateaux in the area. We felt very comfortable driving the back roads, discovering ancient villages, beautiful landscapes, and taking lots of photos.

Thank you once again,
May 2012
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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


Amboise Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 850 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • 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.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • tennis


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Château Chaptal: Historic Elegance with Modern Luxury
average rating of 4.8636365 based on 45 reviews

Fantastic, fully equipped apartment in perfect location

  • 5 of 5

One of the best apartments we have stayed in on our trip to France! It was very well equipped with everything we needed for a comfortable stay.

We loved the booklet of instructions for appliances etc and recommendations for things to do - especially liked the running course options.

The host was easy to contact and communicate with when we needed help.

Thank you very much for an easy and wonderful stay!

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great location

  • 5 of 5

We really loved Tim and Sandra's place. It's a great location in Amboise. It is easy to walk around the city, close to shops, Chateau Amboise, Clos Luce. It's also a great central location to visit the other surrounding sights (Chateau Chambord, etc...). The place was well equipped for our cooking needs, laundry, and great bedrooms. We wish we could have stayed longer.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much, we're happy you enjoyed the apartment and your time in Amboise. We love having people get to know this beautiful area all while enjoying the comforts of a beautiful place to stay. Have a wonderful summer.
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Beautiful apartment in a great area!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed here with our one and a half year old daughter for three nights. It is a beautiful (clean & organized!) unit in a perfect location. Everything you could want is within walking distance from the front door. The apartment has everything you could need to feel like home away from home. It was a pleasure coordinating our stay with Sandra who went above and beyond to help us plan our trip. I would HIGHLY recommend this apartment! Thank you!

  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful apartment, great location.

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I have rented many vacation apartments over the years, and they don't get much better than this! We were there for only four days, but it is the type of place we could be quite comfortable in indefinitely. It is spacious, with a fully equipped and modern kitchen, large dining room, and smaller sitting room. The bedroom is also a good size, as is the bathroom (as we were only two, the second bedroom was locked). The location is tough to beat, if you want to be in the heart of Amboise. The Chateau d'Amboise, Clos Luce, and All of the restaurants and shops are within a few minutees' walk. There is limited pay-by-the-hour parking on the street in front of the apartment, but we had no trouble finding free parking in public lots, also within a five minute walk. The TI, bike rentals and public market are all within 200 metres. Communication with Sandra, the owner, was outstanding. In all, highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great choice

  • 5 of 5

We have been travelling all over france for 6 weeks using vrbo and airbnb. This place is so far superior to any place else we have stayed. From start to finish the owners made everything easy. The detailed manuals at the residence are VERY helpful when trying to run unfamiliar appliances. I also want to thank them for the best equipped kitchen I have ever had when staying at a vacation rental....even the knives were excellent.

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4 nights in Amboise

  • 5 of 5

My husband and and a friend ( who had never been to France ) stayed for 4 delightful nights. The apartment immediately felt like home. It was cool and clean and conveniently set-up. We could relax, spread out and enjoy walking around Amboise to the cafes, bakeries, restaurants and the chateau "on the corner". We biked to Tours and Vouvray and Chenanceau. An added bonus was being able to drop our friend at near-by St Pierre des Corps for a TGV train directly to CDG airport when she had to leave.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Additional Guest Fee $29.85 per person per night

Fees are for up to 4 people in the apartment. + 25 euros per person per day for additional people. Security deposit of 50% due at time of booking. Balance due 30 days prior to arrival. Rates include all taxes, fees, and charges.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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