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

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 2,045 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Cottage, 3 Bedrooms (+ 1 or 2 Optional Bedrooms) 2.5-3.0 Baths. Sleeps 6-1

La Ménagerie is a late 18th century stone cottage and former wine-maker’s house. 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 only 10 min. away by car. The royal city of Blois is only 10 miles away. From Paris, it is a 2 hours and a half car ride under normal traffic conditions, and one hour and a half by train (Blois/Chambord-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. 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, and a BBQ. 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.

In case you would have to add two more guests to your family and siblings reunion, there is a side/self standing charming cottage next to main cottage on the same courtyard. It has a veranda/breakfast nook, a fully equipped kitchen, full bathroom and a bedroom/living room with a full size bed that can accommodate two guests in comfort. And if you would need one more bedroom for a couple (that is up to a total of 4 additional guests in the side cottage), a large bedroom that connects with the ground floor unit through an indoor staircase can also be rented-out. Under the rooftop, this bedroom is actually the largest in the property. It has a queen size bed and has the most spectacular views over the countryside surroundings.

These options for two or four additional guests are upon request and are not included in the basic rental fees for the property. In order to ensure full privacy to your party during, if you only rent the main cottage, the side cottage won't be rented-out to another 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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Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 4, 2018

About Patrick

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 tries to be the most responsive and will provide you with the information needed to fully enjoy all the benefits of staying in his property. A full info pack that includes things to do and a restaurant selection For more than ten years he has been locally assisted by 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 the 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 their family reunions.

Since he oftentimes travels abroad and doesn't like smartphones, instant messaging and all that, (nobody is perfect!...), the best way to communicate with him is through Emails.

Patrick purchased this cottage in 1989

Why Patrick chose Chitenay

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.

What makes this cottage unique

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

Guestbook comments from the owner

“We indeed had a nice visit to your home in France. We have in fact also recommended this to some friends that just moved to Paris if you in the future have availability for a long weekend. Also - Philippe was a great addition and extremely helpful ! Best regards.”
Aug 2007
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Chitenay Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2045 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • 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). The bathroom in the side unit (optional) has a shower and WC.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 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 and a high chair are available upon request. In addition to the three bedrooms in the main cottage, one (or two) additional bedrooms are rented-out upon request and extra fees in a side cottage on the same courtyard. This additional stone unit similar in style to the main cottage, includes a veranda, a living-room, a full bathroom, a fully equipped kitchen. The bedroom has a full size bed and views on the swimming pool/deck and the surrounding fields and woods. The goundfloor includes a veranda/breakfast nook that has access to an outdoor patio. Another bedroom upstairs --the largest in the property-- features high ceiling under the rooftop, nice antique furniture and a queen size bed. It offers spectacular views of the countryside around the property.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • Sauna ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
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; 8 bicycles available (free of charge) for adults, plus 2 for kids; books and guide books, local and regional maps; Tennis, badminton; 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.


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A Loire Valley Cottage in the Heart of the Grand Chateau Area
average rating of 4.9545455 based on 52 reviews

Beautiful house in peaceful locatoon

  • 5 of 5

Lovely country house fully equipped with a child friendly pool . Lots of wild life around and no light pollution so clear stars at night. No traffic to wake you up. Bakers in next two villages and supermarkets within 10 miles . Lots of good day trips around . Loved it for our two week stay.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Enchanting cottage

  • 5 of 5

Staying at Ménagerie was such a lovely experience. The cottage is conveniently located in the heart of the Loire Valley making day trips to chateaux and vineyard explorations easy. Patrick Canel, the cottage owner was a true pleasure to work with. His very detailed booklet of information that he provides once the booking is complete is helpful for planning one's itenirary and the lovely bottle of sparkling wine that he leaves in the refrigerator allow easy relaxation into a wonderful cottage experience. The cottage itself is beautiful. Set in a quiet country location it is well equipped with everything you need including an outdoor dining space to enjoy the peacefulness of the countryside. My family has rented many homes on VRBO over the years and without a doubt this was one of the best. Be sure to go to the local Boulangerie that Patrick mentions....the availability of produce, cheese and bread is wonderful.

We will look forward to returning to La Ménagerie.

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Just a wonderful place

  • 5 of 5

La Menagerie was everything we had hoped for and more. Comfortable, relaxing, completely outfitted for a great stay - and also perfectly situated to explore the best of the Loire Valley. All the little details are taken care of, and our three-generational group (six people in all) was very happy there. I would go back in a heartbeat. M. Canel provides a fabulous, in-depth guide in advance that helped us plan our adventures, so even that was taken care of. This was a very special family trip for us, and La Menagerie made it perfect.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect combination of class, comfort, and location

  • 5 of 5

This is the second time we have rented this home, and we could see that M. Canel works continually to improve his property and ensure the ultimate lodging experience. This home is not sparse and sterile (like many rental properties). Rather, it is a family home with high-quality furnishings and equipment. From the copper pans to luxurious linens, from comfortable furniture to beautiful artwork, it offers all we needed for function, comfort, and beauty. If you like to read, this house is for you! There are books in several languages throughout the home on a variety of topics. No guidebooks needed, either--they're all here! The rural setting was perfect for privacy and peace. Our kids enjoyed the pool on warm afternoons, and we took walks through the country. There was more than enough room for our family of 5. Getting groceries was easy as the SuperU is just 10 minutes down the road in Contres. My entire family requested that on our next trip to France we stay here longer because we felt so at home here! We will definitely be back. . .

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very comfortable, clean and quiet

  • 4 of 5

Great place to stay while visiting the Loire castles. Lovely cottage with country style decoration. Beautiful fireplace. No problems with the hot water. The heating was simple to use and efficient. The Wi-Fi was perfect in the living room, a little more difficult in the bedrooms. We had a couple of fantastic BBQ for dinner. We got amazing weather so it was a pity the swimming pool wasn't available as well as sun lounges for sunbathing - but this was because we had the luck to have summer weather in early April! This house is perfect for 2 couples with children, enough space for everybody. We'll keep great memories of this trip!

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2015
  • Stayed: April 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Our family of 6 just got back from the Loire Valley and Paris. If you are looking for a beautiful, comfortable and scenic place to stay please consider this. The cottage is beautiful and very comfortable for all of us with room to spare. We greatly enjoyed the fireplace for the chilly nights. Our girls aged 14 and 11 loved taking bike rides with the bikes that are provided. Philippe was there to greet us when we arrived and showed us around and explained everything in great detail. He was a great help when arriving and checking out. The cottage is very well located to explore all the chateau's the Loire Valley has to offer. Chambord, Chenonceau and Usse were our favorites. We are looking forward to coming back to the Loire Valley and would greatly recommend booking this cottage for your stay!

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2015
  • Stayed: March 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Chitenay Village Center
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Chateau Cheverny, golf and country club
Nearest Train
11 Miles
Blois Railway Station
Nearest Motorway
11 Miles
A10 (Paris-Bordeaux)
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
L'auberge du centre, Grand Rue, Chitenay, 41120
Nearest Beach
220 Miles
La Baule, Pornic (easy daytrip from the house)
Nearest Point of Interest
Chateau de Cheverny
Nearest Point of Interest
Chateau de Fougeres-sur-Bievres
Nearest Point of Interest
Chateau de Chambord
Nearest Point of Interest
Chateau de Chaumont
Nearest Point of Interest
Chateau de Beauregard
Nearest Point of Interest
Chateau de Blois
Nearest Point of Interest
Chateau d'Amboise et Clos Luce
Nearest Point of Interest
Chateau de Chenonceaux
Nearest Point of Interest
Three Musketeers Village
Nearest Point of Interest
Chateau de Villesavin
Nearest Point of Interest
Beauval Zoo
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).


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $110

Management fees and local taxes are included in the rental rate and the property is managed by the owner himself. This is a family house nicely furnished. A refundable damage protection deposit is €300.oo is requested and it is handled in cash by home caretakers upon guest arrival and departure. Optional pool heating system: 15.00 Euros per day plus 2 days for warming-up the pool. Subject to a minimum of a 48 hour notice. Contract to be signed at booking stage.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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