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  Château de Chanzé
Michael Stösser & Sonia Townshend
49380 Faye d'Anjou


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Languages:    English, Suisse/German
Credit cards:  not accepted.  Euros cash, please

Département: Maine-et-Loire (49)

Special Features:       

  • This château is rented in its entirety by the week.
    Four gîtes and four chambres d'hôtes on the estate
    are rented by the night.  Gîtes have minimum 3-night stay
naChâteau de Chanzé

Château de Chanzé is an historical 11th century castle with a fascinating history including a night spent here by King Henri IV of France in 1576 on his journey south.  Situated in the Côteaux de Layon wine producing region, it is part of historic Anjou, famous for, among other things,  its rosé d'Anjou appellation.  This self-catering rental château has five bedrooms that can accommodate up to fifteen guests very comfortably, and there is capacity for twenty more guests in the adjoining self-catering gîtes and chambres d'hôtes on the estate.  Most of all, guests will enjoy experiencing this grand Medieval castle ~ so rich with history yet offering every modern comfort and convenience.

That history goes back to documents dated 1055 and 1070 under several names that evolved into Chanzé.  At the Abbey of Saint-Florent in nearby Saumur an endowment is mentioned  that  Arnaud of Chanzé made for his eternal soul and for the benefit of the Chuch of Saint-Jean in Thouarcé.  Two centuries later the Aménards became Lords of Chanzé.  In 1415 both Guy and Briand Aménard succumb in the Battle of Agincourt.  Jean Aménard remained, and the rebuilding of Chanzé is credited to him.  The Montalais, Bellay and Cossé-Brissac families were all later owners, the latter of whom cared for the château and its gardens until the Revolution.  Guest rooms in the château bear their surnames. The chapel was restored and in 1703 was consecrated in the presence of the Chaplains, Priors and Lords of the neighboring hamlets.  During the Vendée uprising (1793 - 1796), which spread to part of the Maine-et-Loire west of the River Layon, the château was burned and completely destroyed.  The dilapidated property was sold on November 11, 1810 to Madame Marie Hunault who leased it out to a farmer.  Over time it continued to change hands, and in 1818 Etienne-Louis Robert bought the château and completely restored it, although two more stories lost in the fire were not included in the rebuilding.  A new slate roof was added as well.  It was in 1993 that Dr and Mrs Stoesser-Gliott from Switzerland bought the estate complete with its funishings.  It remains in their family to this day.

The château has been meticulously restored without sacrificing any of its original grandeur.  The two-meter thick walls, high ceilings and seventeenth and eighteenth century furnishings provide an ambiance that travelers rarely have the opportunity to experience.  Guests will enjoy the Banquet Hall that is the showpiece of the château boasting a five-meter long oak dining table that can seat up to 22 guests.  Also, this room has the region's largest fireplace, speakers to play music, and a fine grand piano. For outdoor enjoyment, the one and a half acre estate of rolling lawns, woodlands, pathways, and the Chateau's idyllic setting on the banks of the River Layon add endless opportunities to enjoy nature at its best.

There are four gîtes (self-catering accommodations with kitchens) and four chambres d'hôtes (suites without kitchen facilties) in the beautifully-restored farmhouse next to the Château and near the heated swimming pool.  Lush landscaping creates cozy and private terraces for each unit where guests can sit or dine outside.  All guests of Château de Chanzé have access to the free WiFi in the communal lounge and use of  the wellness room which contains a spa bath, massage shower and infra-red sauna.  Continental breakfasts are available upon request.  The underground wine cave is also available to guests, and they can schedule tastings of the Loire valley wines in this interesting, naturally climate-controlled space.

The Loire Valley is one of the most popular and enjoyed destinations in France.  Convenient to Paris yet offering all the charm and romance of the French countryside, the region welcomes travelers to visit its monuments and châteaux,  cycle along designated paths, explore the villages and hamlets, tour its vineyards and take part in activities along the River Loire and its tributaries.  A hot air balloon ride is easy to arrange to see the Valley from the air, so do keep that on your list of things to do.   Your hosts at Château de Chanzé are waiting to welcome you!

  Rooms in the château: 5 guest rooms and 4 bathrooms.
Weekly Château Rental Rate:  €4500 per week in low season;  €5500 per week in high season.  7-night minimum / Saturday to Saturday.  Ten-day rate:  (Wednesday - Saturday)   Low Season €6400 / High Season €7800.
Gîte Prices:  [Each accommodates 4 - 6 guests.
Minimum stay 3 nights.]  Up to 4 guests for three nights €130-150 per person.  €30 per night extra person.  Weekly rate for up to 4 guests  €800 low season; €850 high season.   Queen and single bed options.  Each extra person €30 per night.  One gîte bathroom has shower only; 3 gîte bathrooms have tub and shower.
Chambres d'hôtes  Deluxe Room prices: 
3-night minimum.  Double bed + sofabed accommodation: € 100-110 per night one couple.  Two singles €110-150 per night.  €25 for extra person per night. 
Chambres d'hôtes  prices: Queen bed or twin bed + sofabed accommodation: €90-100 per night one couple; two singles €100.00-115 per night.  €25 per night extra person. No nightly minimum.
Rent entire property for one week (up to 40 guests):   Low season €11,000 and high season €13,500
Breakfast, lunch or dinner set menu available to order.  Please inquire.
Booking Deposit - 30% is required at time of booking with balance due 90 days prior to start date.
Security deposit is required for weekly rental of the Château  - A refundable deposit of €1000 is required to be paid in cash upon arrival for rental of the château.  This will insure against damage to the leaded windows, furnishings, appliances, and extraordinary cleaning expenses.  Refundable 5 working days after departure and subject to inspection by the proprietors.  All linens are included and they will be changed every 7 days.  End of stay cleaning is included in rental rate
Cancellation Policy:  Must cancel in writing 90 days in advance or arrival date to receive full refund of deposit.  Less than 90 days notification of cancellation, no refunds will be made.
Check-in for château is no earlier than 4PM and check-out is no later that 11AM.  For gîtes and chambres d'hôtes check-in is no earlier than 3PM and no later than 10AM.  Guests will be greeted upon arrival and given a tour of the château and grounds.
Dinner is not served at the château.  This is a self-catering property for those renting by the week or weekend, but a chef and wait staff can be made available with advance notice for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
WiFi in communal lounge.  No smoking in any of the buildings on the estate.  Only chambres d'hôtes are air-conditioned.

Open May through September each year.
On the grounds:   Heated swimming pool, badminton, wellness room with infrared sauna, spa bath, and massage shower.  Secure parking, walking paths, large park and River Layon.
Vicinity:  Cycling paths/walkway, wineries, Thouarcé, Faye d'Anjou, historic city of Angers (35 kms) Royal châteaux of the Loire Valley including Saumur, Ussé, Villandry, Langeais and Azay-le-Rideau, the River Loire, Chinon, and public gardens.  Le Cadre Noir National Ridinig School in Saumur offers regular spectacular horsemanship demonstrations.


From Paris, by TGV from Gare Montparnasse to Angers St-Laud 1.5 hours.

By auto from Paris/Angers: Take autoroute A10/A11 direction Chartres/LeMans to Angers.  Merge at Angers onto the A87 direction Cholet and exit at 24 direction Thouarcé.  Take the D55 and turn right onto the D120 in Faye-d'Anjou.   The road curves to the left and the Château is located on the right.

From Nantes by auto:  Head direction A83/Bordeaux/Poitiers/Périphérique Sud and take the N249 ramp to direction Poitiers/Cholet.  Follow N249 around Cholet to the A87 direction Angers.  Exit at 24 direction Thouarcé and continue to château as indicated above.

Railway Station:  Gare d'Angers Saint-Laud (27kms)
Airport -  Angers (47 kms) or Nantes Atlantique (104 kms)

Car Rental Angers Rail Station (click here)
Car Rental Nantes Airport (click here)

GPS coordinates:  47°27'87.72"N, 0°51'97.78"E

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