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19th Century Manor House Set in a Working Organic Vineyard

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms4
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Chateau / Country House, 5 Bedrooms, 4 Baths, (Sleeps 10)

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,

More Details

Owner
Owner
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
November 22, 2017

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.

The Owner purchased this chateau / country house in 2010

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.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

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.)

Amenities

Chinon Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Monument View
  • Water View
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1)
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • Stereo
Outside:
  • Outdoor Grill
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Front lawn overlooking the Chateau and the River Vienne + garden furniture

Reviews

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(5 traveler reviews)

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19th Century Manor House Set in a Working Organic Vineyard
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews
valencia, ca
5

A wonderful experience in every way imaginable

  • 5 of 5

You will not make a mistake by staying at Clos De Capucins. This is a place I will never forget. If you love food, wine, architecture, a charming town, amazing views and a quiet venue to relax you will love this chateau. Fiona is the owner/wine maker. She's incredible. Her charm and welcoming spirit is absolutely genuine. She loves her wine and has a unique passion for life. She barrel tasted with her and enjoyed spending time talking about the process of making her wine. We loved waking up with a cup of coffee, walking in the front yard to be greeted by the rooster and hens, the caves below the house, the a fantastic view of Chinon. It's truly breath taking. We can't wait to go back. Thank you Fiona!

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Beautiful Clos du Capuchins

  • 5 of 5

We cannot emphasise how much we loved our stay here. It was like waking up to a dream every morning when you looked outside your window! Fiona was exceptionally helpful. We arrived later than expected, tired and hungry, and there was wine, baguette, terrine, and butter waiting for us! We were so thankful for that! As we arrived late once it was dark, Fiona showed us around the house that night, and the town the following day. We were shown the best baker, butcher and patisserie which was so helpful as we were there for Christmas and enjoyed a feast! Fiona also helped us call local suppliers to get produce ordered for Christmas eve! It helped us so much as none of us spoke French. 7 Adults and 2 Children stayed in this property and we had more room than we needed. It was such a special time which will stay with us forever. We hope to come back, and we would recommend this place to anyone. Chinon was also a lovely town, and everyone was really helpful and friendly despite of our very poor French!

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2015
  • Stayed: December 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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South Carolina USA
5

The best of France....would not stay anywhere else!

  • 5 of 5

This is our second trip to stay in this beautiful home and I cant imagine visiting France without a week in Chinon! In fact we drove from the French alps here and then back to Provance and Chinon is my favorite. This home is in a dream location with a view to die for. It is very comfortable and well appointed. The photos do not begin to show the beauty. The owner is the best... We all love her, she has made our trips so memorable. Thank you for the trip to meet Pascal, we had so much fun! We look forward to a trip back soon.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2014
  • Stayed: June 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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South Carolina USA
5

The best of France....would not stay anywhere else!

  • 5 of 5

This is our second trip to stay in this beautiful home and I cant imagine visiting France without a week in Chinon! In fact we drove from the French alps here and then back to Provance and Chinon is my favorite. This home is in a dream location with a view to die for. It is very comfortable and well appointed. The photos do not begin to show the beauty. The owner is the best... We all love her, she has made our trips so memorable. Thank you for the trip to meet Pascal, we had so much fun! We look forward to a trip back soon.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2014
  • Stayed: June 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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South Carolina USA
5

Perfect in EVERY way!

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2012
  • Stayed: July 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Tours / Angers
Car: necessary

Wine tastings!

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.