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Review 4069: Owner, Chateau de la Noue
3bed/2bath apartment in a chateau near Villedomer, Loire Valley
November 2008, 7 days
Chateau de la Noue is right outside of the small town/village of Villedomer. It is situated in a private and picturesque location. The driveway turns off of the main road and one drives through a lovely wooded area on a secluded road, which opens to the main park where the Chateau stands.
The nearest grocery store and restaurant is in Villedomer; about 2km away. There is also a bakery, small grocery store, pharmacy, post office, and bar. It did seem that the town closed for several hours in the afternoon and then early evening.
In the next town--Chateau Renault(6km away) there are two supermarkets, banks, a Tuesday morning open market, restaurants, gas station, pharmacy ... it is a large town. We shopped at Supermarket Intermarche which had everything we needed.
The Chateau was built in the 16th century. The apartment is actually a wing of the Chateau and is quite large. There is only one apartment available and the rest of the Chateau is closed, so we were the only guests. The kitchen, separate dining room, and living room are downstairs. There is also a large washroom with washer and dryer and half bath off of the foyer.
Upstairs there are three bedrooms. Two are adjoining, one a large queen, and the other two single beds. There is also an adjoining full restroom with separate water closet. Down the hall is another queen bedroom with shower/sink; water closet is right outside the bedroom.
There was not an outside sitting area and no pool.
The furniture was in good shape and the apartment was very clean when we arrived. There was plenty of sitting space for our family of four. The sofas were overstuffed type that were comfortable.
The beds were comfortable and the bedrooms were quite lovely and seemed to be decorated thoughtfully. There was one master bedroom (queen bed) with adjacent small bedroom with two single beds. Another large bedroom but smaller than master bedroom with queen size bed.
Three water closets were adequate for our family. The bathrooms were decorated nicely and functioned well ... plenty of hot water. Both full bathrooms had tub/shower combination. The master bedroom had a much larger bathroom.
The kitchen was usable but the stove did heat slowly. There were plenty of pots and utensils as well as dishes and condiments, spices, coffee, tea, bottle of wine, and some extra snacks. The pots and dishes were of average quality. The kitchen was large enough for two of us to maneuver and was fine for cooking full meals.
Problems or Bonuses
We were surprised that the actual apartment was a complete wing of the chateau. And the price was a pleasant surprise, as well as the fact that we were able to pay in U.S dollars by personal check.
Only true negative was that my 16 year-old son felt a little isolated as there were no other guests to meet and converse.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Our experience with the owner was pleasant, very helpful and responded via e-mail to all questions. She speaks English well so there was no problem whatsoever with communication. The on site person (also an owner) spoke no English, but as I know a little French we were able to communicate. He was a quiet but helpful person who seemed proud of his chateau.
I believe the reality of the place accurately reflects the published information...particularly what is found on VRBO #127565.
The rate for six nights was $639, which was all inclusive, during the month of November. A 10% deposit was required with final payment due 30 days prior to arrival.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would love to stay here again. The Loire Valley is rather damp and cool at this time of year but even with this in mind I would recommend it to my best friend. It was an amazing experience to have been able to stay in a 16th century chateau. It was a lovely surprise and gift to my children and husband, after having managed a cramped apartment in Paris a few weeks before.
Things to do in this area
We spent our time visiting Chenonceaux as well as the Chateau there and the market and chateau in Amboise. Chenonceaux is about a 40min drive and Amboise 30 minutes. We walked around the small town of Villedomer and drove the country side for photography. There is so much to do in this area, but we really spent this time to relax as a vacation from our vacation so to speak.
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