15th Century Manor House and Country Home in the Heart of Loire Valley - France - Manor House

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Last updated: 10/23/2016
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  • Minimum stay:1-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Property description

Le manoir de Champfreau is a home of great comfort and character, furnished with a collection of antiques and fine art with all the the amenities of modern living. Within its 3 acres of wall gardens, partially moated, centred on 50 acres, enjoy the privacy this home offers. In summer its thick walls keep a welcomed coolness including a beautiful swimming pool, and, in winter, in front of a blazing fire, you will find contentment and serenity.
TWO beautiful homes are available for renting: the Manoir, sleeping 6 and Maison Louis Richard, a beautifully appointed country home, sleeping 2. Both may be rented sleeping a totoal of 9 people.
SPECIAL RATES FOR CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEARS WEEKS ESPECIALLY IF BOTH RESIDENCES BOOKED TOGETHER. Please contact Mr Guderian direct at or by telephone (note french answering service but leave message in any language) 0(33) 241 38 40 41 mobile: 0(33)679 33 68 82;

Set within the Loire valley Nature park, this area has recently been included on UNESCO's world patrimony list to preserve the spectacular scenery along 180 miles of the Loire, the last wild river in Europe. The Loire valley is famous for its many chateaux where kings and their courts built an impressive array of stately homes ranging from medieval times through every period and style to the second empire in the mid 19th Century. This area is also known for its wine: Chinon, Bourgeuil or the rich, sweet wine of Coteau du Layon or the sparklings of Saumur. 'Le Cadre Noir', the classical academic riding school is based in Saumur (8 miles away) and gives gala evenings from April to October. The 'Futureoscope of Poitiers' is only few hours drive away. So come and enjoy!

Christmas and New Year holiday rental available. During the holiday, the manoir is decorated with Christmas tree, evergreens, holly and misletoe. A swimming pool will be available in 2004.
Spring and autums mid-week and weekend rentals available.
American owned, English and French spoken.

Manor House: Pays-de-la-Loire Vacation Rental by Owner Listing 639ha

Large and very comfortable home, beautifully appointed with fine antiques, persian carpets, paintings and library. Off season rental as B&B and weekly during summer. CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR WEEKS available and in addition to the MANOR HOUSE, MAISON LOUIS RICHARD (sleeps max of 3) may be rented in addition for total of 9 people. SPECIAL PRICES AVAILABLE FOR RENTAL OF BOTH RESIDENCES. Meals may be prepared by Bruce, an experienced New York Chef and he offers on site cooking classes.

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Property Type

  • Chateau / Country House
  • 180 m²

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Catering Available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional
  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Housekeeping
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff


  • Events Allowed
  • Groups
  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Singles
  • Children Welcome:

    Games, toys, garden games, bikes and plenty of room to run. Pool too!...moreless

  • Pets Considered
  • Smoking Allowed:

    We have a room size 15th century fireplace so yes, smoking allowed. The home never smells of smoke....moreless

  • Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm
  • Wheelchair Accessible:

    Entrance has 3 steps ( we supply a ramp) and the rest of the home is on one level. Very wheel chair friendly !...moreless

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • 4 POSTER: 1 queen

    ENSUITE / LUX...moreless

  • TAPESTRY: 1 queen


  • FLORAL: 1 queen


  • 4 POSTER PURPLE VELVET BEDROOM--- Large antique 4 poster bed, new top quality mattress, ensuite shower and toilet. .Beautiful exterior view of back garden. Fine antique furniture and art. TAPESTRY / FLEUR DE LIS BEDROOM --- The TURRET / CHAPEL is the dressing room. Beautiful views of the formal courtyard. Antiques and fine art. FLORAL BEDROOM --- Fabric upholstered walls, beautiful view of courtyard and gatehouse, top quality large mattress. Tapestry and Floral bedrooms share a large bathroom with antique Lion Footed Bathtub, sink, toilet. Very comfortable and spacious....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Large Bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • Bathroom/ensuite: toilet, shower


  • Both bathrooms are very functional and warm. Large tiled shower and large deep claw footed bath tub. Great lighting for make up. Unlimited hot water, soft high quality towels and plenty of them !...moreless

Other Amenities

  • There is a large collection of CDs as well as an extensive library. We have installed a new sound system with IPOD PORT for your own music. Wood is provided for the imposing Gothic stone fireplace. Two beds are American queen size, the four poster is a double. Local markets offer the finest in cheeses, fresh meat and fish, fruit and vegetables. Lunches and Dinners and pick-nick baskets available with prenotice at suplimental prices. Large menu available to choose from. The SWIMMING POOL is for EXCLUSIVE use for the renters of the Manor House....moreless


  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books:

    Enormous selection....moreless

  • Books For Adults
  • Books For Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player:


  • Games:

    Indoor and out door...moreless

  • Games For Kids
  • Music Library:

    Very extensive with hundreds of classical CDs. Eclectic selection....moreless

  • Radio


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Arboretum
  • Autumn Foliage
  • Botanical Garden
  • Caves
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Forests
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Pond
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Theme Parks
  • Water Parks
  • Winery Tours
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Rural
  • Village

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Golf Privileges Optional
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Ice Skating
  • Mountain Biking
  • Paragliding
  • Pier Fishing
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Spelunking
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    Large dining room with view of the fireplace. Perfect for casual or very elegant dining. Email us for photos, please. We also are happy to prepare and serve meals to you with advanced notice. ...moreless

  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 10 people


  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning:

    No electric AC but the thick stone walls and marble floor keep the home cool in the heat of summer....moreless

  • Alarm Clock
  • Baby Gate
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Fireplace:

    The large 15th century fireplace is a dream on cool evenings. We set the fire for your arrival in cool months. Additional wood may be purchased for a very minimal fee as the National Trust does. ...moreless

  • Firewood
  • Fitness Room / Equipment:

    52 acres of land to walk, run and exercise on...moreless

  • Free Local Calls
  • Garage:

    Large barn should you ( need )....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Yes, unlimited and no extra charge in winter. Huge radiators !...moreless

  • Internet:

    Yes, and broadband and wireless wifi. ...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided:

    All linens provided such as bath towels, hand towels, face towels, wash cloths, bath mats, sheets ( top & bottom), douvet, tea towels, cloth napkins and placemats....moreless

  • Living Room:

    Large spacious LR with floor to ceiling 15th cent. fireplace. Down and leather custom made furniture, reading lamps, lovely sound system with unlimited library of music, french doors onto terrace...moreless

  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking:

    YES 52 acres ( 17 hectar)...moreless

  • Parking Off Street:


  • Printer
  • Safe
  • Scanner
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone:

    no land line but you may use our landline...moreless

  • Telescope
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided:

    Please see linens provided. Yes, all provided including very large terry cloth pool towels...moreless

  • Tumble Dryer:

    YES, and cloths line for air / sun drying ....moreless

  • Washing Machine:


  • Wireless Internet:



  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker:

    Yes, electric, Bodium and tea kettle....moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Everything you could possibly want....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Everything you could possible want and more. High quality glass ware, dinner ware and silverware. Cloth napkins too....moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    Yes, Meile...moreless

  • Freezer:

    With refrigerator, stocked with lots of ice cubes for those gin and tonics by the pool.... or fireplace....moreless

  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Grill
  • Kitchen:

    Large kitchen set up by a chef for chefs. All the appliances you would need. Kitchen supplied with fresh herbs, vinegars, oils, sugar, coffee, flour etc....moreless

  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave:

    Of course...moreless

  • Oven:

    Yes! and clean and large....moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Listed above under Kitchen...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Large American style refrig. with freezer and plenty of ice cubes !...moreless

  • Stove:

    The hob / stove top has 3 gas and 1 electric burners....moreless

  • Stove
  • Toaster:

    For the perfect slice of toast on your wonderful holiday....moreless


  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles:

    Sizes range from med-small to adult....moreless

  • Binoculars
  • Boat:

    rental available for the Loire River and small private boat cruises may be booked....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Large stone terrace south facing and access through large french doors from dining room and living room...moreless

  • Deck Furniture
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Gated Community
  • Golf:

    30 minutes away....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    On the Loire River, local rentals...moreless

  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden:

    52 acres ( 17 hectare ) and formal courtyard....moreless

  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill:

    Weber style BBQ and all charcoal is provided....moreless

  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Porch Furniture
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis:

    10 minutes away from our home is a tennis court....moreless

  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Yard

Pool / Spa

  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool:

    A dark liner on this in-ground pool provides solar warming. This pool is saline solution, not chemical / chlorine...moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional

Property Descriptor

  • Detached


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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
mid autumn-low
Oct 1 - Dec 20, 2016
5 night min stay
Christmas/ New Yr
Dec 21 - Jan 4, 2017
7 night min stay


Additional information about rental rates


  • No additional mandatory fees
  • Taxes Not included
  • Stay Tax *

* This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 12 years.


Off season rates can be negotiated depending upon amount of days and number of guests.

CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEARS weeks available at high season prices.

Meals may be prepared anytime of year for any amount of people.

Weddings are welcome as we have hosted and catered for many.

Thank you!

Owner's cancellation policy:

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

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Last updated: 10/23/2016
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85 Miles
Nearest Airport
1 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
8 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
12 Kilometres
Nearest Train
12 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
1 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
198 Kilometres
Nearest Beach

Car: Necessary

Varennes sur Loire is situated along the Loire river, 12 kilometres east of Saumur, mid distance between the towns of Tours and Angers in a UNESCO protected site.

DIRECTIONS: If you are approaching Saumur, stay on the north side of the Loire River. (Saumur proper is on the south side). You will travel east on the D152 from Saumur, in the direction of Tours for 12 km (10 minutes),then you will come to a large metal bridge crossing the Loire River, on your right. DO NOT CROSS THE RIVER. At this intersection the sign will show VARENNES -SUR-LOIRE on the right. Travel 1km into VARENNES and in the centre of the village, with the church on the right (this is a 'T' intersection), turn left (west) at the BAR COMMERCE onto rue des SABATIERS (this rue turns into rue de la Croix des Noues) We are at number 8. One half km out of the village you will see a wind mill on the left and then a large metal warehouse. Across from the warehouse is a large CRUCIFIX. This is the drive to the Manoir

Other Activities: Antique markets, local produce markets and wine tastings.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2001

About the owner: Originally from Wisconsin and living for 25 years in New York City and worked in the hospitality business as Chefs and Party Organizers.

Why the Owner Chose Varennes-sur-Loire, France:
We purchased our vacation home ! Having come to France for years, to Champfreau, we eventually purchased the home and upgraded it to a lavish holiday home.

The Unique Benefits at this Chateau / Country House:
Dinners by Chef Bruce Riedner from NYC are available, we are on 17 hectares (53 acres) of organic land. It is serene and beautiful.

Contact us

Speaks: english, french



  • The Manor House

    The Manor House

  • Gate house

    Gate house

  • Manoir Swimming Pool

    Manoir Swimming Pool

  • From Entrance into Salon, Manoir

    From Entrance into Salon, Manoir

  • Manoir Salon

    Manoir Salon



  • Fleur de Lys bedroom, Manoir

    Fleur de Lys bedroom, Manoir

  • Terrace of Manoir

    Terrace of Manoir

  • Maison Louis Richard Salon/Library

    Maison Louis Richard Salon/Library

  • A wild animal at Champfreau

    A wild animal at Champfreau

  • Maison Louis Richard Kitchen

    Maison Louis Richard Kitchen

  • Grand Dining Hall for Weddings

    Grand Dining Hall for Weddings



  • 15th Century Entrance Gate and Dovecote

    15th Century Entrance Gate and Dovecote

  • Manoir Entrance Foyer

    Manoir Entrance Foyer

  • Manoir Fireplace/Salon

    Manoir Fireplace/Salon

  • Manoir's Kitchen

    Manoir's Kitchen

  • Manoir 4 poster bedroom which is ensuite

    Manoir 4 poster bedroom which is ensuite

  • Rose Room Manoir

    Rose Room Manoir





  • Kitchen of Maison Louis Richard

    Kitchen of Maison Louis Richard

  • Maison Louis Richard ensuite bedroom.

    Maison Louis Richard ensuite bedroom.

  • Wedding Dining Hall in 15th Century Grange

    Wedding Dining Hall in 15th Century Grange

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