Location: Orléans, Loire Valley /centre of France (1 hour away from Paris, France, Europe View Map
Accommodations: apartment in an 18th century castle, 1 bedroom, 1 living room with convertible double bed sofa, 1 bathroom, 1 kitchen (sleeps 2 - 4)
If you want to experience la vie de château, this is the place to come! This cosy quiet apartment is actually in a real castle located in a park on the outskirts of the historic city of Orléans. The Loire River is only 5 minutes away, making it a perfect place to stay for a cycling experience along the Loire. The property is also only an hour from Paris by train, so it’s easy to plan a day trip into the city. Or there are all of the castles in the Loire Valley to explore, many of which are easily accessible during a day trip from the castle. There are also many wineries in the Loire Valley, as well as quaint little towns like Gien, where there is an outlet store for their famous china factory. To the south is the Sologne forest and there are many lakes in the area—it really is a paradise for nature lovers. It is centrally located to reach any place of interest really.
It’s like a dream come true - living in a real castle! Château de la Bretauche is in itself a beautiful place, with lovely French gardens, classical architecture, a grand staircase and a friendly atmosphere and community. Even though it is only a few minutes’ walk from the center of the small town of Boigny-sur-Bionne, it is quiet, in the midst of a large lawn, orchard, and private park. It is easy to relax in the peace and quiet of the estate and the nearby countryside, but it is just as easy to enjoy the pleasures of shopping, as there is a shopping mall only 10 minutes away. Whether it’s the visits to Paris and Orléans or the quiet walks in the woods that tempt you, you will love Château de la Bretauche.
DESCRIPTION OF THE APARTMENT
You access the apartment through the front door of the castle, small-paned white French double doors, which open onto an entry lobby where the mailboxes are located. There is a second glass door which is always locked for the privacy and security of the inhabitants. Once inside, a stunning wooden staircase leads to the second floor, where you will find a smaller staircase that leads to the apartment on the third floor. This used to be the back stairway for the staff.
The apartment consists of four main rooms. Off the corridor, there is a living room on the left-hand side with a sitting/sleeping area as well as an eating area. Right in front of the apartment door, there is a small kitchen with totally new appliances and a fold-away table. On the right-hand side, there is a bedroom with a king-size bed and a bathroom with a brand-new shower, a sink and a toilet. The bathroom is accessible from the bedroom AND from the corridor, making it very convenient.
The park and lawn of the château can provide you with quiet, private walks. It takes about 20 minutes to walk around the park following the walking paths. There is an eating/picnic area located at the rear of the building near the château’s orchard in the shade of large trees, reserved just for residents and you are welcome to have breakfast, lunch or dinner there. There is a romantic table and chairs, as well as lounge chairs you can use to sunbathe in peace and quiet, away from anyone’s view. Two picnic baskets are ready to use in the kitchen to carry your eating utensils, food and drinks.
THE VILLAGE NEARBY
If you take the grassy path running through the trees at the entrance of the park, it is easy to go and buy croissants, pains au chocolat and French baguettes directly at the nearby bakery, which is within a 5 minute walk. There is everything close at hand: a restaurant (next door to the bakery, on the other side of the street), and a few steps further a small SPAR supermarket, a butcher, a pharmacy, a gas station, a hairdresser, a stationary, a gift shop and a post office.
We wish you a wonderful stay !!!