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

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Last updated: 11/14/2016
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  • Minimum stay:1-7 nights
  • Sleeps:3
  • Bedrooms:1
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Bed And Breakfast
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • 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.

Maison Louis Richard: Pays-de-la-Loire Vacation Rental by Owner Listing 639ha

MAISON LOUIS RICHARD is a large luxurious one bedroom home, sleeping 2 as B & B nightly rental or weekly as a gite. Located on the ground floor (east and west views), flooded with sunlight, appointed with fine antiques and art, extremely comfortable seating and large Gothic working fireplace. Extensive libraries of books and CDs. Decorated in sumptuous French taste with huge crystal chandelier. Spacious, well appointed kitchen with all amenities. Laundry service available free of charge. Wireless broadband internet access. Terrace overlooking formal courtyard and exterior seating to the east with garden furniture, tables and BBQ. This rental does not include use of the swimming pool. This is an EXTREMELY ROMANTIC space for 2 people.

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Member since: 1997

Speaks: english, french
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 11/14/2016

Property Type

  • Apartment
  • On floor 1

Accommodation Type

  • Bed And Breakfast
  • Bed & Breakfast


  • Catering Available
  • Breakfast - Included In Price
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional
  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • Housekeeping
  • Private Chef
  • Staff


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

    The quoted price is for 2 people but an extra bed may be put in for one child with a cost of 50€ extra....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Smoking Allowed:

    As we have a large 15th century fireplace smoking is certainly allowed. The home has never had lingering smoke smell, ever....moreless

  • Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm
  • Wheelchair Accessible:

    The home is on ground level so this is very wheel chair friendly....moreless

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3, Beds for 2-3

  • ENSUITE BEDROOM: 1 king, 1 twin/ single


  • Very comfortable bedroom with new firm mattress and lovely linen. large and appointed with fine antiques and art. Wonderful lighting for reading in bed. The Ensuite bathroom has large shower stall, sink and toilet. Very well lit and beautifully appointed. Bathroom linen included. FOR MANY MANY BEAUTIFUL PHOTOS, PLEASE CONTACT OWNER at or by phone 0(33)241 38 40 41 Special prices available for rental of both this home and the Manor house; total of 9 people. thank you...moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower


  • Functional and comfortable shower, large with seat built in. Unlimited hot water. Sink, toilet, piles of towels, bath mats, unlimited TP, well lit for makeup. Alabaster chandelier. Bathroom ensuite to bedroom and very warm in winter....moreless

Other Amenities

  • To view many many beautiful PHOTOS, please contact Mr. Guderian to see 40 photos at: or tel: 0(33)241 38 40 41, mobile: 0(33)679 33 68 82 Steven can give you the website details or you can go to Youtube and put in Le Manoir de Champfreau for a full photomontage. Please not that this home is both rented as either a B&B or as a gite, weekly, or as a long term rental at substantial discount. Thank you !! We except one night rentals with Continental Breakfast included. AVAILABLE FOR CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR WEEKS. Beautiful Baby Grand Piano in Library/Salon and WIFI internet connection....moreless


  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books:

    Unlimited library. Thousands of books to read. ...moreless

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


  • Game Room:


  • Games:

    Hoola hoop, scrabble, lawn games, cards, dominos ets....moreless

  • Games For Kids
  • Music Library:

    Unlimited with hundreds of classical. Music choices range from Classic to avant garde and all between....moreless

  • Piano
  • Pool Table:


  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable:



  • Away From It All
  • 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:

    See photos of this elegant large dining room. Set in morning with candle light for B&B guests, or for formal or casual dinners on the round oak table. Candles provided, of course !...moreless

  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning:

    'Natural' AC because the home has very thick walls and stays cool in the hotest of hot summers. This is not a loud electrical unit....moreless

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

    This enormous 15th Cent fireplace is a dream. We supply the 1st fire and charge a very minimum fee for additional bags of split wood, in the manner of the National Trust. Central heating no charge....moreless

  • Firewood
  • Fitness Room / Equipment:

    52 acres / 17 hectar for walking and jogging. All outside and unlimited....moreless

  • Free Local Calls
  • Garage:

    Yes, if you need... this is actually a large barn....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Central heating at no extra cost ! Very cozy in winter plus we have the fireplace ! Unlimited heat....moreless

  • Internet:

    Highspeed, broadband, wireless, fast, quick, instant, easy and free....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided:

    All linens including bedding ( 4 pillows for 2 people), top&bottom sheets, douvet, towels, bathmats, tea towels, cloth najpkins, place mats.... everything....moreless

  • Living Room:

    Of course ! Large, elegant, down filled furniture, reading lamps, stereo with unlimited music, baby grand piano, east and west windows, large library, fireplace..TOTAL COMFORT !...moreless

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

    52 acres...... 17 hectars...moreless

  • Printer
  • Scanner
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone:

    Guests may use their mobiles/cell phones. We have no landline but guests may use OURS should you wish....moreless

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

    Lush terry cloth bath size towels, hand towels, face towels, wash cloths and tea towels in kitchen....moreless

  • Tumble Dryer:

    YES and for that old fashioned feeling, a clothes line for drying in the sunlight and summer country breezes....moreless

  • Washing Machine:


  • Wireless Internet:

    YES, of course !...moreless


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

    From one cup to 4,000 cups....moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Every imaginable utensil available. Full appliances. Set up by a professional chef for professional chefs !...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    This kitchen is set up for casual or formal dining. Any and everything is available and everything is of extremely high quality....moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    Large and new, in kitchen....moreless

  • Freezer:

    Above the refrigerator and packed with ice cubes for those holiday cocktails !!...moreless

  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Grill
  • Kitchen:

    As a B & B, we use the kitchen but as a full home rental you have access to a lovely, large, updated, bright & functioning kitchen for self catering. Updated by a professional chef. Full appliances....moreless

  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave:

    Of course !...moreless

  • Oven:

    Large, new inox oven, works beautifully....moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Along with the ' Welcoming Basket ' which includes cheeses, bread, butter, jam, eggs, juice, milk and of course a couple of bottles of wine ( for weekly renters) we supply all herbs and spices, etc....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Large refrigerator with freezer. Ice cubes galore ! This is not the usual under the counter small refrigerator. ...moreless

  • Stove:

    New hob / stove with gas and electric burners. Inox finish....moreless

  • Stove
  • Toaster:

    Unlimited electrical energy for whipping up the toast of your dreams....moreless


  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles:

    Free, fun and healthy !...moreless

  • Binoculars
  • Boat:

    Boats can be rented or you can have a boat trip down the Loire River. Boating is only on the river but near is a lake....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Western facing stone terrace with view of Manoir and formal garden / court yard. Table, chairs, cushions, sunning chairs, umbrella and gin and tonics to whet your whistle !...moreless

  • Deck Furniture
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Golf:

    Minutes away, just south of here....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Can be rented locally and done on the Loire River. Easy !...moreless

  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden:

    Breath taking Eastern garden. Perfect for breakfast and lunch, under the oak tree or in full sun !...moreless

  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill:

    Weber grill with all cooking supplies. Easy peasy lemon squeezy! Unlimited charcoal too !! ...moreless

  • Patio
  • Porch Furniture
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis:

    Just across the river, about 10 minutes away....moreless

  • Terrace
  • Yard

Building Type

  • Cottage

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional

Property Descriptor

  • Semi-Detached


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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Mid autumn
Sep 3 - Dec 20, 2016
1 night min stay
$1,072 $3,753
Christmas/New Yr
Dec 21 - Jan 4, 2017
7 night min stay

My Standard Rate
1 night min stay
$1,072 $3,753
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you 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 10 years.


The rental rate of 1000 euros per week high season(July and August) and is 900 / wk the rest of the year.. Holidays such as Christmas WEEK, New Year's WEEK are 1000 euros per week. Thanksgiving, Valentines and Easter are available at low season rates.. Rental of BOTH residences together results in a reduction of rates for both. Maximum possibility 9 people. See Manoir for details and contact us direct for special reduction for both residences. AVAILABLE CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR WEEKS. Short term and long term stays. B & B ACCOMODATIONS available. Dinners and lunches may be provided for an added charge. Inquire about off season specials and discounts. A certified in-house masseur is available. Check in time is any time after 5PM (17:00) and check out is 10:00 AM, please.

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Last updated: 11/14/2016
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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 Bed And Breakfast:
we are situated on 17 hectares (53 acres) of beautiful, serene and organic land. For four or more, dinners my be prepared by Bruce, a New York chef, 2 days in advance.

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Speaks: english, french
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 11/14/2016

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  • Maison Louis Richard Salon/Library

    Maison Louis Richard Salon/Library

  • The Manor House

    The Manor House

  • 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



  • 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



  • 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



  • 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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