Madame Marie d'Hueppe
5, rue du Bois de Craon
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through this gate to experience a world of tranquil beauty and
château life. Château de Bournand
is an excellent base for exploring the wonders or the Loire Valley,
its grand châteaux and exquisite gardens to its array of
Guests of the château appreciate the location of Château
de Bournand -- only minutes away from the Loire town of
with its renowned château ruins, and just south of the
Abbaye de Fontevraud, burial place of many of the Plantagenet
and Richard the Lionheart. Giant sequoias over 225 years old can
be found in the park, dearly treasured by the owners.
The village of Bournand offers a patisserie, épicerie and a full-service restaurant, all a short walk from the château. At the château, bicycles are available to rent for those who want to more actively explore the region -- a very popular way to see the valley as evidenced by other cyclists you are bound to meet along the lovely country lanes. The château's history is colorful, some of it dating back as far as the 11th century, while in the 1600s it was destroyed by Cardinal Richelieu for the construction of his fortified town. Later that same century, it was rebuilt using tuffeau ~ that lovely pale cream-colored Loire Valley stone taken from local caves.Recently restored, the château offers guests four bedrooms all with en suite bathrooms with showers or bathtubs. Two of the four are full suites with lovely salons and private entrances from the courtyard. Breakfasts are luxurious and included in the room rates. Use of a gas grill for cooking outdoors, picnic areas with tables and umbrellas and the lovely park for relaxing or peaceful strolls add to the feeling of a home away from home. A sitting room with a TV and books is available for relaxation. Guests can avail themselves of a self-guided walking tour which identifies specimen trees throughout the park, and they will learn of the Celtic connection depicted in the Celtic gardens and a circle of 22 trees used by the ancient Celts as their calendar. There is also a formal garden, a perennial garden, an herb garden, a rose garden, a fruit orchard and many statues and fountains.
For those who are seeking self-catering accommodations, the Chestnuts Cottage was recently renovated to provide the utmost in modern comfort while retaining the charm of its past. Offering two bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, a salon, dining area, fully-equipped kitchen and pantry, the Chestnuts Cottage is rented by the week and can accommodate up to 6 people. Guests can take full advantage of the château grounds while enjoying a place of their own, and those staying in the Cottage and the château will love the swimming pool and pool house or enjoy games of croquet and pétanque. Also, by advance request, cooking courses can be arranged at the château.
Nearby, in addition to the châteaux of the Loire, visitors can take part in canoeing, horseback riding, golf, tennis or go antique shopping! There is no lack of things to do near Château de Bournand. Excursions into Tours, Saumur or Angers are easy day trips, and visits to troglodyte caves and museums are also worthy pastimes. Winery visits provide an introduction to the up and coming fine wines of the Loire such as Chinon and Vouvray. Loire Valley wines are prized for being produced in the traditional manner. And, of course, everyone should experience an open air market while in the French countryside, many of which can be found near Bournand. We hope you will consider this lovely château for your next stay in the Loire. You will be warmly welcomed and made to feel comfortably at home while experiencing a taste of château life that will create long-cherished memories.
Rooms: 2 doubles, 2 suites, all with en suite baths and views
of the courtyard and/or landscaped parc.
Prices: Suite Hydrangea € 125 per night; Suite Lavender € 110 per night; Chambres Glycines and Magnolias are € 95 per night. All prices include breakfast. Rooms are provided with hair dryers and bathrobes. 2-night minimum stay required.
Chestnuts Cottage: Steps away from the chateau, the ground floor has a salon with books and games, original beamed ceilings, dining room, and a fully equipped kitchen. Upstairs are two bedrooms that sleep 5 in a double bedroom and a triple bedroom, each with a modern bathroom with a shower and WC. . Weekly rental € 1300. Breakfasts not included. Final cleaning €80. Heating when necessary €80 per week.
Monthly rental: 6 bedrooms in total (will accommodate 6 couples + some children up to age 16.) Please inquire for prices.
Discounts offered for renting the entire property for 15/16 people; 10% discount for longer stays.
Dinner: Advance reservation at € 35 per person including wine. Fine restaurants are in the vicinity at Chinon, Saumur, Fontevraud, Candes St-Martin, Thouars, Loudun and in the village of Bournand.
WiFi in all guest rooms. Baby cots (cribs), changing table, small tubs can be provided.
Non-smoking guest rooms.
From Paris, by auto take the A10 direction Tours. From Tours follow the A85 to exit 9 where it joins with the D751 direction Chinon. Stay on the D751 around Chinon until it connects to the D759 direction Loudun. Stay on the D759 for about a kilometer until you come to the D39. Follow this road for about 12 kilometers into the town of Bournand. In the center of the village, one-half block from the grocery and the Mairie (Mayor's office), look for the château. Also, follow signs that say "Jardin Celtica'.
- Tours (68 kilometers)
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Château Guest Rooms
Dining and Salon
The Chestnuts Cottage