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de Rère is a most stately family home, and one's first
when approaching the château is how grand and elegant it is. And,
as we discovered, its hosts offer a sincere warm welcome to their
The château has been in the same family for 22 generations and is
one of the oldest family homes in France. Its history is very
and every portrait throughout the château is of a prominent
and tells an amazing story. The château has been the property of
the Counts of Orléans since the 14th century. The oldest parts
the château today are the 15th century towers, and the 17th
château itself. The newest additions are the 19th century
The Counts of Orléans are members of the Society of the Cincinnati, America's oldest patriotic organization founded May 13, 1783 by officers of the Continental Army and their French counterparts who served together in the American Revolution. The Society gave its name to a small village that is now the city of Cincinnati, Ohio. The purpose of the Society is to focus on patriotism, universal rights and Franco-American friendship, and its headquarters are in Washington, DC. Membership is by heredity, and this organization reminds us that France is America's oldest and most steadfast ally.
The current châtelain is the friendly and helpful Albéric d'Orléans who has restored it sympathetically while updating it to create a comfortable chambre d'hôtes to share with guests from every corner of the world. Rooms are authentic French style with an infusion of modern art and 21st century comforts and conveniences. For example, WiFi is available in all château guest rooms. In the château are four guest rooms ~ two doubles, a triple and a two-bedroom suite ~ for bed and breakfast guests, each of which is decorated beautifully, and the beds are all very comfortable. For those looking for self-catering accommodations, the Pavillon is a large building housing a self-catering gîte as well as two family suites. It is in this building where you will find the sauna and hammam, and the large sparkling swimming pool is right outside the entrance.
The parkland is vast and includes the Petite Rère river that flows by the front of the château near the forest and an imposing moat that surrounds the château. The château itself has round corner towers at the front, and the two ancient watch towers on either side of the bridge crossing the moat. Guests will almost certainly feel that they are having an exceptional experience when they stay at Château de Rère ~ from the grand architecture to the family history and its connection to the United States, the château and its estate allow one to truly savor French château life. Albéric d'Orléans and his charming wife, Maria, are waiting to welcome you!
* * * Book at this lovely château by contacting au Château and mention 'Rère in the subject line. * * *
in the Château: Two doubles (Christophe Plantin and
de Forbin), one triple (Inès Moitessier) and a suite (Georges
all with en suite bathrooms.
Prices: doubles € 103 - € 109; suite € 185 for 2 people and € 248 for 4 people; triple € 125 for 2 people and € 154 for 3 people. Breakfast included in room rates.
Rooms in the Pavillon: The gîte has a dining room, kitchen, a double bedroom, another large bedroom with one double bed and two singles, a sauna and hammam and a large multi-purpose room. Also in the same building are two family suites comprising 2 bedrooms each and bathrooms priced at € 115 to € 145 per night.
Prices: Weekly rates for the gîte are € 400 in low season and € 795 in high season. Breakfast is not provided.
Deposit: A 30% deposit is required at the time of booking.
Check-in 5 to 8 PM; check-out by 10 AM.
Dinner: not offered at the château, but fine restaurants are available in Salbris, La Ferté-Imbault, Selles-St-Denis and Romorantin-Lanthenay, all easily reached by auto from the château, including a Michelin-starred restaurant. Your hosts will be happy to make reservations for you.
Weddings, seminars and receptions can be hosted at the château.
Wedding fee: € 950. Cost of catering, photographer, flowers, wine, etc., is additional. Please inquire.
Pets permitted. Please inquire when booking; supplement charged.
WiFi available in château guest rooms. Château and Pavillon are non-smoking. No telephone or TV in château. TV only in gîte.
From Paris by train: Gare d'Austerlitz to Vierzon direct on Intercities train is 1hr 37min. Connecting trains through Orléans. 2hr 33min.
From Paris & the North by auto: take autoroute A71 direction Clermont-Ferrand and exit at Salbris. Follow the D724 direction Romorantin as far as La Ferté-Imbault where you turn left onto the D60 to the small D75, and turn left and you have arrived at the château. Or from Tours take the A85 autoroute exit at Vierzon and connect to the D2020 direction Salbris. Proceed only to the D41 at Theillay, exit and take the D60 direction La Ferté-Imbault only to the D75 (about 4kms) turn right and you have arrived at the château.
From Bourges airport: take autoroute A71 direction Vierzon and continue on the D2020 as above and follow directions to the château.
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