7, rue des Mares
de Jalnay is an exquisite château whose construction spanned
centuries. Its owners, Robert and Marie-Louise van den Bos, have
lovingly restored it and opened the château as a bed and
The oldest part of the château was constructed as a wine house in 1668, and the underground caves were used to house two wine presses. From a height of ten meters, the grapes were dropped down into the caves for pressing. At that time the owner was Philippe Barateau, a lawyer, who advocated for the rights of convicted Protestants and opened his home to them. One hundred years later what is now the middle of the château was added, and then in 1850 the newest and tallest wing was built ~ notable for its spacious rooms and high ceilings. Throughout the three centuries great care was taken to ensure that the architecture of the newer construction would be compatible with the existing building, and the result is an elegant château that is a fine example of French design.
Four tastefully decorated guest rooms with modern en suite bathrooms will make everyone's stay here pure pleasure. When the owners purchased the property they immediately went to work refurbishing all the rooms, keeping the historic elements in tact but adding modern bathrooms and completely redecorating the guest rooms. The result is a lovely color palette in each room, fine period furnishings and good, comfortable beds. The rooms are bright and cheerful with views over the park and beyond.
A generous breakfast is included in the room rates each morning, and dinner can be taken at the château with advance reservation. Monsieur van den Bos, who is a skilled chef, uses seasonal ingredients from their potager (kitchen garden) in his cuisine, so guests are certain to get the flavors of the season when they have dinner at the château. Guests are also invited to pick fruit from their trees and take notice of the sheep who are keeping their meadow lawns trimmed.
One highlight of Château de Jalnay is the troglodyte caves. Although troglodyte dwellings can be seen along the rivers of the Loire Valley, it is rare that one would find them on the grounds of an elegant château bed and breakfast. At Château de Jalnay there is a vast array of tunnels and rooms carved from the tuffeau hillsides ~ a fascinating place to explore with your hosts no matter whether you are young or old. Children will especially enjoy the adventure.
The region offers visitors so many things to do and see. In addition to the royal châteaux of the Loire valley only a half hour's drive north of the château, this is an excellent place for families as nearby is the zoo at Doué-la-Fontaine, Bioparc Zoo Doué, that is dedicated to protecting over 100 endangered species. It has just opened the recently completed Great South American Aviary. Near Poitiers, about an hour's drive away, is Parc du Futuroscope, opened in 1987 and a theme park based upon multimedia and audio-visual techniques with several 3D and 4D cinemas as well as other attractions and presentations - some of which exist nowhere else in the world. It is loved by children and adults alike.
We highly recommend a stay at Château de Jalnay where you will find excellent accommodations, fine cuisine and so much more. Your congenial and gracious host and hostess will welcome you warmly into their home, and you will remember it very fondly for years to come.
* * * Book this lovely château by contacting au Château and mention 'Jalnay' in the subject line. * * *
Four double bedrooms, all en suite. One with tub and shower,
with showers. The château is suitable for the elderly as
as children. Baby cots (cribs) and high chairs are available.
Price: € 135 per night October-May for two.. €150 per night June-September for two.
Suite: [air conditioned] Two rooms €165 for 2 people,€200 for parents with 2 children, and €235 for four persons October-May, and € 180 for 2 people; €225 for parents with 2 children, and €240 for 4 persons June-September.. All room rates include breakfast.
Deposit: A 30% deposit is required at time of booking to ensure reservation. Deposit is forfeited if booking is canceled less then 7 days before start date or if party is a 'no show'. €0.70 tax per person per day.
Dinner: gourmet dinners, with ingredients from the château garden, are offered by prior reservation at € 40 per adult, and this includes drinks before dinner, a four-course meal, tea and coffee. Wine not included. A light dinner is also available at €25 per person. Dinner can be taken in front of the fire in the dining room or on the terrace. Seating in the dining room can be for 2, 4 or 6 persons.
Weddings: please inquire.
WiFi, television in rooms.
No dogs, please.
From Paris Gare de Montparnasse by train via Tours (St Pierre de Corps) to Thouars, 2 hours 20 min.
From Paris & the North by auto: take autoroute A10 to Tours, then the D751 direction Chinon where it becomes the D759 to Loudun. Just before Loudun, go right onto the D61bis and bear right onto the D347, direction Les Trois Moutiers. Look for the D47 on your left (Insay). Stay on the D47 past Insay, cross the small D20 and the château will be on your right.
From Poitiers: take the D347 north direction Loudun. Pass Loudun and take the D47 (direction Insay) on your left. Follow directions as indicated above.
GPS coordinates: 0° 01' 12" east, 47° 00' 54" north
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