Where is Chateau de Chargé situated?
In the heart of the French Loire Valley, just 8kms south of the town of Chinon. The nearest big cities are Tours, Angers, and Poitiers, all within about 1 hour's road journey. Chargé is the ideal base from which to explore other gems of the Loire Valley by road. See the ‘location’ and ‘directions’ tabs for detailed maps and instructions on how to get here.
Is the accommodation suitable for children?
Absolutely! as parents of four children ourselves we go out of our way to make sure our younger guests and their parents feel welcome and relaxed. Cots and a whole range of other accessories for babies are available on request at no extra charge. The garden has a play area designed specifically with the needs of our younger guests (and their parents) in mind. Children are welcome in the swimming pool under their parents’ supervision, and the pool is surrounded by a safety barrier compliant with French legislation.
What are the catering arrangements?
From 2014, our four cottages (Ecuries, La Tour, Vigneron, Boulangerie) are sold on an inclusive bed and breakfast basis, breakfast is served in the old winery dining room between 8.30 and 10.30 am. We offer table d'hôte meals 3 evenings a week (Saturday, Tuesday, Friday) with earlier sittings on Tuesday and Friday for children. We are also happy to book restaurants, taxis, babysitters etc. for the evenings guests choose to have a night out.
When is the best time of year to visit the Loire Valley?
There is something going on all year round in this beautiful place. The spring and summer bring warm sunshine, perfect for cycling, picnicking, fishing and relaxing by the pool. The autumn is a food and wine lover’s heaven, with the hunting season, the grape harvest, figs and nuts ripening in the garden and beautiful autumnal colours on the trees to brighten the landscape. Winter is the time for bracing country walks along the Rabelais trail and the pleasure of coming home to a crackling log fire.
Whatever the time of year, the antiques markets and ‘brocantes’ are stuffed with treasures, the fabulous food markets delight the senses with taste and colour, the chateaux and gardens for which the region is so famous remain open to explorers, and the wine producers are glad to share the fruits of their labour.
Where are the closest restaurants to Chateau de Chargé?
Chinon, 8 minutes’ drive by car, has a wide variety of restaurants and cafés ranging from the everyday to the special occasion. See our ‘gastronomy’ section for further information. We would be pleased to advise our guests on their choice of restaurant and make bookings on their behalf.
How do I book to stay at Chateau de Chargé?
Simply send us an email or pick up the phone, we will be delighted to answer your questions. The ‘availability’ section on our website may also help you.
Please tell me about the Prices and Payment Terms?
OUR RATES INCLUDE DAILY BREAKFAST SERVED IN THE DINING ROOM
2017 @ Loire Valley Retreat
Mid-season (April, May, June, September, October)
Cottages sleeping four or five (Vigneron, Boulangerie, Ecuries) €1700 per week
Cottage sleeping couple + infant (La Tour) €1500 per week
Includes breakfast every day, all bedlinens, towels and pool towels
*For stays shorter than a week, please ask for a personalised quote
High Season (July, August)
Cottages sleeping four or five (Vigneron, Boulangerie, Ecuries) €2150 per week
Cottage sleeping couple + infant (La Tour) €1800 per week
Includes breakfast every day, all bedlinens, towels and pool towels, supervised playroom on 2 afternoons
Meal options ? You can count on us four evenings of your stay :
Saturday night arrival night hamper for four - €50 with bottle of wine
Monday night wine tasting with cold meats & cheeses in our vaulted cellar - €20 per adult
Wednesday night - for children 2 course meal served at 6pm : €9 child
And our famous 4 course table d’hote dinner at 8pm : €30 adult + wine tasting €15
Friday night family BBQ : €9 child, €22 adult incl wine
€1,20 per night per adult tourism tax now applies in France
Deposit payment of 50% on booking, balance one month before arrival
Payment accepted by Mastercard, Visa, Bank Transfer and Currencies Direct
About the owners of Château de Chargé
We are an English/French couple who bought the property in 2007, in need of extensive renovations. Having spent 12 years pursuing international careers in finance and marketing, we have learned what makes us smile when we arrive in a hotel room, and we aim to bring this smile to the faces of our own clients too. Our young children, Louis, Samuel, Madeleine and Oscar have taught us all we need to know about holidaying with children. The household also has a very friendly dog and cat, hens, donkey, goat and sheep.