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Villa 23010 Loire Valley, France

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Chateau Perrier
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This is one of three main chateaux on the hill overlooking the town of Chinon and its surrounding countryside. The chateau sits in 12 acres of beautiful grounds, with a private heated swimming pool, and provides luxury accommodation for groups of up to 12 guests.

This is a unique miniature chateau with commanding views of the magnificent Chinon Castle, which sits on the banks of the Vienne River, a few miles upstream of its confluence with the famous Loire River in northern France. The town of Chinon is within easy walking or cycling distance of Chateau Perrier. On the way one should stop off at Chinonís historic town square; where outstanding restaurants and a variety of shops can be found.

The ground floor of this quaint French chateau features a modern kitchen, decorated in a style reminiscent of classical France. The dining room comfortably seats twelve adults and is light & airy, as is the main reception room, which also has French doors which open onto the rear garden. The first and second floors are home to the seven bedrooms, two of which have access to the turrets that adorn the corners of this exquisite French chateau.

Interior and grounds

You enter the castle via a classical French kitchen, with hand painted cupboards and a grand fireplace which is the heart of the house. Through the corridor are two grand reception rooms and the romantic sweeping staircase. The dining room table can seat 12 adults. This is where the main front door can be found with the original opening glass windows and decorative ironwork. There is also a cloakroom has recently been renovated in a contemporary style. The chateau also has a network of caves, one of which has the original wine press in, along with wine stores.

On the first floor is the newly renovated family wing where you will discover two twin bedrooms, a playroom/double bedroom and a family bathroom. Separate to this area is the master suite with shower room. On the second floor the two turreted double bedrooms can be found, along with another double bedroom and shower room. The chateau boasts many original architectural features, for example gilded ceilings, ornate cornicing and architraves, low level wooden panelling, parquet floors and marble fireplaces. 2 cots are provided. WiFi internet access is available from 2010.

Outside the peace, quiet and tranquility that surrounds the chateau is felt as soon as you enter the grounds via the tree lined road. The magical English gardens contrast against the French Chateau seamlessly. The chateau is nestled within a miniature country estate with 12 acres of parkland, woodland, walled vegetable garden and an orchard. The landscaped flower gardens surround the chateau. The vegetable garden is walled on two sides and contains a small stone nineteenth-century hen house. The heated swimming pool is sited to catch the sun and is protected by a high hedge. The pool has Roman steps, a pool house and a large paved terrace.

Under a canopy of trees a child's swing set and slide can be found. This is great during the summer as it provides a shady spot for them to play. At the front of the castle is a patch of lawn, although not without its bumps and the occasional mole hill, is a great place to set up the croquet set. The building behind the chateau is the old stable block. It houses, the laundry room, the bicycles, the games room (table tennis) and all other outdoor games.

Location and local information

The nearest airport is Tours and the nearest town is Chinon within walking distance. The nearest supermarket is 1 mile down the road. I canít recommend enough the boucherieís and boulangeries in Chinon, they are excellent, along with my favourite Chocolatier that sits alongside the river Vienne. Not forgetting to mention the amazing bread shop in the centre of Chinon, they always have samples of their different flavours on a tray. This is one of the main reasons we love it there so much the culture of food is excellent (note from owner).

The chateau is within sight of one of the best known small towns in France. Chinon, the town of Rabelais, symbolises all the douceur de vivre of the Loire valley. The forest contains thousands of trees, a glade of lily of the valley, a lot of mushrooms and a herd of wild deer. Before the park was fenced, the deer used to come down to drink at the swimming pool. There are paths through the forest to the old stone village of La Roche Clermault, on the far side of the ridge.

Villages around Chinon (such as Carvant les Coteaux) produce some of the finest wine on the Loire; the local markets sell fruit and vegetables grown on the rich silt of the valley, the 'garden of France'; the traiteurs, bouchers, boulangers and patisseries are Paris standard at half Paris prices; and there are six Michelin recommended restaurants, including the three-fork one-toque Au Plaisir Gourmand (Rigolet).

There are green valleys as unspoilt as the lower Vienne; white tuffeau villages glistening in the sun; chateaux as lovely as Usse and Azay-le-Rideau; immense abbeys like Fontevraud, the burial place of two kings of England; and spectacular drives along the dykes lining the Loire.

Saumur (thirty minutes) is the old headquarters of the French cavalry and retains the Cadre Noir, the French equivalent of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna. Tours (fifty minutes) has branches of the Paris department stores, an entire quartier of antiquaires, a Grand Theatre with a good opera season and even an English bookshop.

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