19th Century Manor House Set in a Working Organic Vineyard
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- Minimum stay:7 nights
- Property type:Chateau / Country House
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:N/A
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,
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Member since: 2012
- Chateau / Country House
- Vacation Rental
- Children Welcome
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Not Allowed
Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 10
- Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1)
Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms
- CD Player
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Winery Tours
Local Services & Businesses
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Sight Seeing
- Monument View
- Water View
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Freshwater Fishing
- Hot Air Ballooning
- Clothes Dryer
- Linens Provided
- Parking Off Street
- Washing Machine
- Wireless Internet
- Wood Fireplace
- Wood Stove
- Cooking Utensils
- Outdoor Grill
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Nov 1 - May 31, 2017
7 night min stay
Jun 1 - Sep 9, 2017
7 night min stay
My Standard Rate
7 night min stay
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Owner's cancellation policy:
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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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, France:
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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clos des capucins. you can see a bit of the vineyard on the left.
double bedroom with en suite bathroom
one of the en-suite bathrooms
flowers from the garden
detail of XIXth century staircaise
shower en suite with twin beds
dining room. View of the Chateau above the fire place
kitchen with wood burning stove
Top floor double bedroom. You can see the Chateau de Chinon in the distance
Early morning in september View from master bedroom
Isis, the plough horse
Under the January 2012 snow!
view of the river from the manor
Living room with fire place and grand piano
bedroom with 2 single beds. view of vineyard and of chateau
double bedroom with en suite bathroom
kitchen with bottle of the Clos des Capucins Chinon
The study, with view of the chateau and the town of Chinon
Isis, hard at work
clos des capucins seen from the river Vienne
This listing was first published here in 2012.
Date last modified - Friday, December 02, 2016
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