A Loire Valley Cottage in the Heart of the Grand Chateaus Area

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La Ménagerie Cottage - Main Facade with two dormer windows


Last updated: 09/25/2016
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  • Minimum stay:3-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Ask Owner
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Property description

La Ménagerie is a late 18th century stone cottage and former wine-maker’s house with two detached barns. It is located in central Loire Valley, right in the heart of the Grand Chateau area: the Chambord,Cheverny and Chenonceau 'golden triangle'.
The cottage itself sits in the midst of woods, fields and vineyards, a very tranquil location, near a small hamlet of four farms and cottages. Yet, the villages of Chitenay or Fougeres-sur Bievre are at biking distance (2 miles). The small town of Contres, with all services and facilities, including two supermarkets and a weekly street market, is 10 min. away by car. The royal city of Blois is only 10 miles away. From Paris, it is about 2 hours and a half car ride and one hour and a half by train (Blois-Paris Austerlitz railway stations).

The house is typical of the traditional 'longère' style, with a long facade and an upper floor with dormer windows. Its surface is approximately 2045 square feet, or 190 m2. With three bedrooms, two bathrooms and two powder rooms with WC and basin, it can accommodate up to six adults in comfort, plus two youngsters in the family room and den. A renovation completed in 2005, preserved the character of the winemaker house while making it as comfortable as any contemporary home. Indeed, this property is not only charming... but also very comfortable! At “La Ménagerie”, charm does rime with comfort. It features quality beds and mattresses, fluffy towels, washer AND dryer, THREE WCs, two full bathrooms and two powder rooms (one at each floor), gourmet kitchen utensils and equipment, in particular. And a Finnish Sauna!

It is furnished with country style and a few French antiques, with a touch of international contemporary design, and decorated with antique paintings and tapestries. It features wooden ceiling beams, hardwood floors and a fireplace.
The house is set on two floors. The ground floor features a large living-room and dining area centered around a fireplace. The kitchen is open to the living and dining areas. It is well equipped with gourmet cooking utensils. The dining area has a large table that can sit up to eight persons.
The main bedroom downstairs has a queen size bed and its French window opens to a pergola and a deck around the pool on the South-West facade (enjoy the sunsets!). The other bedroom on the ground floor has twin beds; its French window opens to a patio (North-East facade), with teak table and chairs shadowed by pine trees and silver birch trees. The ground floor also features a laundry room with a SAUNA, a full bathroom with a shower and toilet, and a powder room with a toilet and basin.
The third bedroom is upstairs and has a full size bed under the roof. It is lightened with two dormer windows and is en suite with a bathroom that has a bathtub, and a powder room with a toilet and basin. The bedroom also opens into a library full of books in English, French and Spanish. On this same first floor, there is a family room with a flat-screen TV and sound system. This family room can accommodate two children or teenagers in a sofa bed.
In addition to the main house, a side/self standing charming cottage with a veranda and a full bathroom can accommodate two more guests in comfort in case you would have to accommodate two additional guests for your family and siblings reunion. This is optional and it is not included in the basic rental fees for the property. No guests will be occupying the side cottage, though, if you rent the main cottage, in order to ensure full privacy to your party.

With numerous windows, large skylights and a South- West main exposure, the house enjoys lots of sunlight and great views of night skies full of stars. Windows on the south-west side look towards the pool and nearest hamlet; other windows have stunning views on the surrounding fields, vineyards and woods.

Keywords: French Country living, rural Gite, French Cottage, Chateau country, Central Loire Valley, Blois, Cheverny, Chambord, Sologne, vacation rental for family reunions in France, French country lifestyle, sleeps 6 to 8, all generations, vacation rental in the center of France, French Country lifestyle, Loire wines, Loire vineyards, wineries, chateau hop and stop, chateau hopping, gourmet cooking, large living room, three bedrooms two full bathrooms, three WC. Loire Valley hiking and biking, Loire Valley wines,

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Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 2045 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional
  • Massage
  • Private Chef


  • Children Welcome:

    A foldable crib is available plus a high chair, upon request....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Strictly not allowed. If smoke is detected during your stay and/or at checking-out time, the security deposit will not be refunded....moreless

  • Wheelchair Accessible:

    First floor only (2 bedrooms) + one full bathroom. Shower wheelchair accessible....moreless

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 6-8

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 3: 2 twin/ single


  • Convertible bed(s): 1 double, 1 twin/ single


  • Queen size Beds (1) in the bedroom, ground floor and in the upstairs bedroom, 1st floor under the rooftop, en suite with its bathroom and den/library. Twin or Single Beds (2) in the second bedroom ground floor, Baby Cribs (1) A baby cot is available upon request plus a high chair. Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Convertible sofas for 2 youngsters available in the family room...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower


  • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • Bathroom 3: toilet


  • Two full bathrooms (one with a large shower on the first floor; another one with a bathtub/shower on the second floor), 3 WC and 2 powder rooms (one on each floor)....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Filtered water; pool can be heated upon request and against a 15 Euro fee/day plus a flat 30 Euro fee for warming it up.; 6 bicycles available (free of charge) for adults, plus 2 for kids; books and guide books, local and regional maps; Tennis, badminton and ping pong rackets; 1 set of basic golf clubs; Hammocks; volley-ball and badminton nets; bocce/'pétanque'; indoor games (Scrabble, Monopoly, etc.); Sound systems downstairs and upstairs. Picnic table. Teak table and chairs, long chairs, etc. Ask for details....moreless


  • Books:

    A full library of books in English, Spanish and French, is available to guests and include thematic info (maps and guides) on the area...moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room:

    Family room on the first floor. Ping pong table in the barn...moreless

  • Games:

    Outdoor (croquet, badminton, volley-ball, bocce, etc.) and indoor games (Scrabble, Monopoly, etc.) available...moreless

  • Music Library:

    Large selection of CDs and DVDs...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    TNT television provider (about 30 channels, mostly French)...moreless

  • Stereo


  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Arboretum
  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Theme Parks
  • Water Parks
  • Winery Tours
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Rural:

    Surrounded by fields, woods, ponds and vineyards. Stunning views all around the cottage. ...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Hunting
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    Large table sitting 8 guests inside the cottage. Outdoor terrace under a gloriette, with teak table and chairs. Picnic table on the deck around the pool....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer:

    The dryer is in the unit...moreless

  • Computer Available:

    iMac (desktop)...moreless

  • Fireplace:

    Wood logs are provided...moreless

  • Fitness Room / Equipment:

    Finnish Sauna, massage table, filtered water....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    With sofas, large coffee table and chairs...moreless

  • Parking:

    Within the front yard. Two cars or more....moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    2/3 cars can be parked in the front yard, within the property...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Plush 'American' towels...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    The washer is in the unit...moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    Free of charge. No WEP key is necessary to be connected. Fast and reliable....moreless

  • Wood Fireplace:

    Wood logs at your dsposal...moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    Three coffee makers, including an espresso coffee maker...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Quality cooking utensils; copper pots and saucepans, fine cuttelry...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Gourmet kitchen utensils. Full set of dishes and glasses for eight....moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Top of the line stove top and oven for gourmet cooking...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items


  • Bicycles:

    A decent set of bicycles for all generations is available to our guests at no extra cost ...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    2 decks/patios: one on the SW facade of the cottage, surrounding the pool; another on the NE facade with garden furniture (tables and chairs) and chaise long...moreless

  • Gazebo:

    Pergola on the teak deck around the pool ...moreless

  • Golf:

    Golf course in the Chateau de Cheverny park, 15 min car ride from the cottage. A basic set of golf clubs are available to our guests...moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    Gazebo on the terrace North-East facade....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Garden with terrace ...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis:

    Tennis courts in the vicinity for a 10 Euro fee per hour. Racquets are available in the cottage...moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    In Mont-près-Chambord communal park, the largest naturally filtered pool in Europe....moreless

  • Private Pool:

    South-West exposure, small pool ideal for kids, surrounded by a wooden deck with pergola and picnic table. Heating is optional upon request (48 h notice minimum) and against an extra fees (see rates)...moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


Write a review 5
from 41 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Late Summer 2016
Aug 27 - Oct 28, 2016
4 night min stay
$1,461 $5,619
Fall 2016
Oct 29 - Dec 16, 2016
3 night min stay
$191 $208
Fri, Sat
$1,236 $3,371
Holiday Season
Dec 17 - Jan 2, 2017
7 night min stay

$1,461 $3,933
Winter 2016
Jan 3 - Feb 27, 2017
3 night min stay
$169 $191
Fri, Sat
$1,011 $2,810
Early Spring Break 2016
Feb 28 - Apr 28, 2017
3 night min stay
$208 $225
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
$1,349 $4,495
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$202 $225
Fri, Sat
$1,349 $4,046
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning Fee $112.38


Rates mentioned here above are in EUROS and subject to changes until reservation is confirmed (lease agreement signing). There is a mandatory €100.00 final cleaning fee plus a €20.00 flat fee for utilities at Fall, Wintertime and Early Spring seasons. Management fees and local taxes are included in the rental rate and the property is managed by the owner himself. Refundable damage protection deposit is €300. Optional pool heating electrical system: 15.00 Euros per day plus 2 days for warming-up the pool. Subject to a minimum of a 48 hour notice.

To book the property, a 50% rental payment is requested, fully refundable until a draft lease agreement that spells-out cancellation policy is signed. Signing the lease agreement confirms the terms of the property's booking.

Payments can be made to the owner's verified PayPal account, or with any major credit card.

Balance payment is requested no later than 45 days prior to your arrival date.

Owner's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking

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Last updated: 09/25/2016
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45 Miles
Nearest Airport
2 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Chitenay Village Center
6 Miles
Nearest Golf
Chateau Cheverny, golf and country club
11 Miles
Nearest Train
Blois Railway Station
11 Miles
Nearest Motorway
A10 (Paris-Bordeaux)
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
L'auberge du centre, Grand Rue, Chitenay, 41120
220 Miles
Nearest Beach
La Baule, Pornic (easy daytrip from the house)

Car: Recommended

Flying over the Loire Valley Grand Chateau in a hot air balloon; having a picnic in the most beautiful French gardens such as Villandry and Chaumont; swimming in the biggest natural pool in Europe at Mont-Près Chambord park; Visiting the mansion where Leonardo da Vinci spent his last ten years in Amboise; encountering the newly arrived Pandas at the Beauval Zoo; spending a day at Futuroscope, a world class amusement park; biking or canoeing along the river Loire; hopping and stopping the farmers markets and wineries ('Cheverny' and 'Touraine' AOC'); going to a sound and light show in the grandiose set-up of chateau Chateau Chambord, Blois or Amboise; Visiting the chocolate factory and museum of a French Maître chocolatier in Bracieux, etc. The owner will provide you with an exhaustive info. packet on things to do in the area. Very much appreciated by previous guests (see their comments).


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1989

About the owner: The owner is a Frenchman retired from an international organization, based in the Washington DC area. He manages his property himself and will do his best to make your rental experience stress free. He is very responsive and will provide you with the information needed to fully enjoy all the benefits of staying in his property. For more than eight years he has been locally assisted by the same local house caretakers, committed to make you feel at home with an authentic and unpretentious sense of hospitality. The owner bought that property in 1989, a couple of weeks before being assigned to the USA for professional reasons. He bought a property in that area because he has family roots in the Loire Valley: his grandmother was born and raised in this area; this is why he is so familiar with it. He often stays at 'La Menagerie' with his wife, children and best friends. This is where they have family reunions. Since he oftentimes travels abroad and doesn't like smartphones, instant messaging and all that, the best way to communicate with him is through Emails. He has a verified PayPal merchant account. For your rental payments he can send you invoices that are payable with any major credit card.

Why the Owner Chose Chitenay, France:
First: location: it is hard to find a better base for chateau hopping: “La Ménagerie” is right in central section of the Loire Valley, in the heart of the so called “golden triangle” of French Grand Chateaux: Chambord, Cherverny and Chenonceau. Second: location: “La Ménagerie” sits in a exceptionally quiet and relaxing environment, so enjoyable for nature lovers! Walk-out from the house and follow the 300 Km of secure and well signaled bike paths and hiking trails throughout the chateau country. Third: location: “La Ménagerie” is not in the middle of nowhere!: it belongs to the jurisdiction of Chitenay, a charming village with a boulangerie/grocery and a gourmet Auberge-Restaurant; farmers markets, good restaurants and supermarkets are countless in the neighboring localities such as Bracieux or Cour-Cheverny, in small towns such as Contres or Amboise or even cities (the Royal city of Blois, being only 15 min. away by car). This the French art of living at its best! Also because it is ideal for family and friends reunions. The cottage’s layout ensures privacy in each bedroom with an en suite bathroom upstairs, while offering an ideal set-up for unforgettable moments all together. Kids love it! They love to play in the pool, watch dragonflies and French frog in the little pond. And they love the amusement parks and children museums all around, the Beauval Zoo, in particular, one of the very few Panda zoos int the world.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
Previous guests from all around the world have posted outstanding reviews highlighting what a unique experience their stay at La Menagerie was. Check them-out on some the most visited vacation rental sites. We have returning guests for the third time! To them, La Ménagerie has become their home away from home! They have loved to watch the hot air balloons or beautiful peacocks flying over the property; play golf in the Cheverny castle estate park (a few minutes away by car); they have loved the views from any window of the cottage, over fields, woods, vineyards and ponds; they have loved dining or sipping a glass of local wine on the deck around the pool with stunning views on the country side around. They have loved biking to the village to the bakery or the restaurant's garden and terrace in Chitenay; or simply walking-out from the house and explore the beautiful surroundings through so many hiking and biking trails. Foodies have enjoyed cooking in a well equipped kitchen with gourmet utensils or going-out to a restaurant for a unique dining experience. The property is also a good value with loads of perks. It offers a number of extra features, at no extra costs or hidden fees: bicycles; all kinds of tennis, badminton and ping pong rackets, a basic set of golf clubs, hammocks, pétanque/bocce bowls, a huge book and DVD library, CDs, maps and guide books, a Finnish Sauna to relax after a busy day at chateau hopping, etc. To facilitate your vacation planning, a comprehensive info. packet (in English) on things to do in the area, that includes the owner’s selection of local restaurants and wineries, will be given to you way before your arr

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Speaks: english, french, spanish

Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • La Ménagerie Cottage - Main Facade with two dormer windows

    La Ménagerie Cottage - Main Facade with two dormer windows

  • La Ménagerie Cottage. Main Facade and Front Yard

    La Ménagerie Cottage. Main Facade and Front Yard

  • Outdoor dining terrace with gloriette, kitchen entrance door in the background

    Outdoor dining terrace with gloriette, kitchen entrance door in the background

  • Bedroom, ground floor, with twin size beds

    Bedroom, ground floor, with twin size beds

  • Room under the Rooftop (upstairs)-View from the library/den

    Room under the Rooftop (upstairs)-View from the library/den

  • Bathroom, en suite with the Bedroom under the Rooftop, upstairs (1st floor)

    Bathroom, en suite with the Bedroom under the Rooftop, upstairs (1st floor)

  • La Ménagerie's old well-Summertime

    La Ménagerie's old well-Summertime

  • Visiting Deers

    Visiting Deers

  • La Menagerie Property-Main house (on the left); small cottage (optional) + barn

    La Menagerie Property-Main house (on the left); small cottage (optional) + barn

  • Chitenay village, Main St, 5 min. bike ride from the property. Town Hall, church

    Chitenay village, Main St, 5 min. bike ride from the property. Town Hall, church

  • South-West Facade with deck and pool, close-up

    South-West Facade with deck and pool, close-up

  • South West Facade with deck and pool

    South West Facade with deck and pool

  • Living area with open kitchen and bar stands in the background

    Living area with open kitchen and bar stands in the background

  • Bedroom, ground floor, with queen bed and access to the deck and pool

    Bedroom, ground floor, with queen bed and access to the deck and pool

  • Full Size bed in the third bedroom, upstairs, en suite with a full bathroom

    Full Size bed in the third bedroom, upstairs, en suite with a full bathroom

  • Library/den + desk, en suite with the bedroom upstairs, under the rooftop

    Library/den + desk, en suite with the bedroom upstairs, under the rooftop

  • Family Room, upstairs

    Family Room, upstairs

  • Hot air balloon flying over La Menagerie Estate (fields and woods.)

    Hot air balloon flying over La Menagerie Estate (fields and woods.)

  • Woods at Fall-La Ménagerie backyard

    Woods at Fall-La Ménagerie backyard

  • Vineyards, fields and woods around the property

    Vineyards, fields and woods around the property

  • Summer fair in Chitenay village-A five min. bike drive from La Ménagerie.

    Summer fair in Chitenay village-A five min. bike drive from La Ménagerie.

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This listing was first published here in 2006.

Date last modified - Thursday, September 29, 2016

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Chitenay, France #82937

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