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Guidebook for Chitenay

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Guidebook for Chitenay

Arts & Culture
The National Estate of Chambord regularly hosts art exhibitions and concerts on the estate. Recent concert programming has included open-air opera performances as well as indoor performances in the chateau's ballrooms. In addition, the chateau features outdoor events such as horse shows, and many other activities such as the Marshal de Saxe stables at Chambord’s equestrian performances involving riders who are dressed in period costumes. Check-out the Chambord program of events during your stay!
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Château de Chambord
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The National Estate of Chambord regularly hosts art exhibitions and concerts on the estate. Recent concert programming has included open-air opera performances as well as indoor performances in the chateau's ballrooms. In addition, the chateau features outdoor events such as horse shows, and many other activities such as the Marshal de Saxe stables at Chambord’s equestrian performances involving riders who are dressed in period costumes. Check-out the Chambord program of events during your stay!
Connected to the Royal château d’Amboise by an underground passage, this beautifully furnished Renaissance mansion is where Leonardo lived and worked as a guest of King François the 1st from December 1515 until his death. Visitors appreciate the museum and a lovely garden, with their forty large size models and sketches of the various machines designed by Da Vinci. Don’t forget to pay a visit to the lovely gothic Chapel of St Hubert adjoining the Château Amboise castle, where Da Vinci was buried. Also, if you happen to be in Amboise on a Sunday morning, don’t miss its amazing street/farmers market spreading along the river Loire.
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Château du Clos Lucé
2 Rue du Clos Lucé
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Connected to the Royal château d’Amboise by an underground passage, this beautifully furnished Renaissance mansion is where Leonardo lived and worked as a guest of King François the 1st from December 1515 until his death. Visitors appreciate the museum and a lovely garden, with their forty large size models and sketches of the various machines designed by Da Vinci. Don’t forget to pay a visit to the lovely gothic Chapel of St Hubert adjoining the Château Amboise castle, where Da Vinci was buried. Also, if you happen to be in Amboise on a Sunday morning, don’t miss its amazing street/farmers market spreading along the river Loire.
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Château de Chenonceau
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Château de Cheverny
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Food Scene
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Le Bistrot Du Cuisinier
20 Quai Villebois Mareuil
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Hôtel Auberge du Centre
34 Gr Grande Rue
Le Rendez-vous des Gourmets
20 Rue Roger Brun
Gite et Restaurant Les Closeaux
Logis Auberge de la Caillère
36 Route des Montils
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Les Banquettes Rouges
16 Rue des Trois Marchands
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La Chanterelle
21 Avenue de la Loire
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Parks & Nature
The chateau has the most stunning views over the Loire river, and its park hosts the annual International Festival of Gardens. From early May through mid- October, this unique festival brings more than thirty different landscape architects, designers and artists from around the world that are invited each year to display their creativity around a theme which changes every year. A great addition to the chateau’s beautiful surroundings, where Featured gardens are often strange or entertaining, sometimes futuristic or far-fetched.
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Château de Chaumont
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The chateau has the most stunning views over the Loire river, and its park hosts the annual International Festival of Gardens. From early May through mid- October, this unique festival brings more than thirty different landscape architects, designers and artists from around the world that are invited each year to display their creativity around a theme which changes every year. A great addition to the chateau’s beautiful surroundings, where Featured gardens are often strange or entertaining, sometimes futuristic or far-fetched.
The largest ecological swimming pool in France is nestled into a vast 1.5 hectare park, the Mont-Près-Chambord Park (12 min. by car from your stay). This 2,000 sq. m. swimming area is harmoniously integrated in the existing landscape, surrounded by grassy banks and oak trees. No chlorine or any other chemical products in this swimming pool, which is exclusively purified through an organic filtering process. This unique pool has the look and feel of one of the so many natural ponds or lakes typical of the neighboring Sologne region.
Mont-près-Chambord
The largest ecological swimming pool in France is nestled into a vast 1.5 hectare park, the Mont-Près-Chambord Park (12 min. by car from your stay). This 2,000 sq. m. swimming area is harmoniously integrated in the existing landscape, surrounded by grassy banks and oak trees. No chlorine or any other chemical products in this swimming pool, which is exclusively purified through an organic filtering process. This unique pool has the look and feel of one of the so many natural ponds or lakes typical of the neighboring Sologne region.
Entertainment & Activities
Located near the beautiful and historical village of Saint-Aignan, this animal park has been consistently ranked in the World top ten Zoos where the animals (over 4,000) can be viewed on their home territory. Apart from the giant pandas, zebras, giraffes, rhinoceros, antelopes and a collection of elephants roam freely in a re-creation of an African Plain environment. The park also has over 40 “big cats” (lions, leopards, jaguars and their famous white tigers). Don’t miss the extraordinary manatees (sea cows)! There is also a 1,500 seats arena where an hour long display both in the water by the sea-lions and in the air by an array of birds of prey, provides quite a spectacle.
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ZooParc de Beauval
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Located near the beautiful and historical village of Saint-Aignan, this animal park has been consistently ranked in the World top ten Zoos where the animals (over 4,000) can be viewed on their home territory. Apart from the giant pandas, zebras, giraffes, rhinoceros, antelopes and a collection of elephants roam freely in a re-creation of an African Plain environment. The park also has over 40 “big cats” (lions, leopards, jaguars and their famous white tigers). Don’t miss the extraordinary manatees (sea cows)! There is also a 1,500 seats arena where an hour long display both in the water by the sea-lions and in the air by an array of birds of prey, provides quite a spectacle.
Built on 350 acres of old hunting grounds, La Rousselière Golf Course --a few minutes away by car from your stay-- is part of the estate holding forests, meadows & ponds that belongs to Château de Cheverny. Talented architect Olivier van der Vynckt designed this 18-hole course (6863 yards, Par71). The country club features two restaurants and a nice swimming pool free of charge for visitors who have had a green fee for the day or lunch at one of the two restaurants within the clubhouse.
Golf du Chateau de Cheverny
Built on 350 acres of old hunting grounds, La Rousselière Golf Course --a few minutes away by car from your stay-- is part of the estate holding forests, meadows & ponds that belongs to Château de Cheverny. Talented architect Olivier van der Vynckt designed this 18-hole course (6863 yards, Par71). The country club features two restaurants and a nice swimming pool free of charge for visitors who have had a green fee for the day or lunch at one of the two restaurants within the clubhouse.
Discover the secret of finest French chocolates making at Max Vauché chocolate factory in Bracieux, a village that inspired Alexandre Dumas in his “Three Musketeers” famous novel! Max Vauché --who belongs to the very exclusive club of French chocolate master confectioners-- loves his craft and he will happily share his passion with you. After a “Greeting” appetizer on arrival, a guided visit proceeds with a tasting where you will see and learn all the stages of the processing of cocoa beans into chocolate. Don't forget to pay a visit to this charming village with many good restaurants and a beautiful historic central market place.
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Max Vauché
22 Les Jardins du Moulin
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Discover the secret of finest French chocolates making at Max Vauché chocolate factory in Bracieux, a village that inspired Alexandre Dumas in his “Three Musketeers” famous novel! Max Vauché --who belongs to the very exclusive club of French chocolate master confectioners-- loves his craft and he will happily share his passion with you. After a “Greeting” appetizer on arrival, a guided visit proceeds with a tasting where you will see and learn all the stages of the processing of cocoa beans into chocolate. Don't forget to pay a visit to this charming village with many good restaurants and a beautiful historic central market place.
Fly over the river Loire in a hot air balloon and look at the grand chateaux from above! Have you ever imagined taking off from your backyard and drifting slowly over the architectural masterpieces of the Loire Valley in a hot air balloon guided by the winds? Well, now you have the opportunity! Several private companies operate hot air balloons in the area. One of the most reliable ones (‘Au gré des vents”) is based in Contres, a few minutes away from your stay and it is the only one authorized to take off from Chambord. Or you can also take-off from your rental place, upon special request!
Au Gre des Vents
65 Avenue de la Paix
Fly over the river Loire in a hot air balloon and look at the grand chateaux from above! Have you ever imagined taking off from your backyard and drifting slowly over the architectural masterpieces of the Loire Valley in a hot air balloon guided by the winds? Well, now you have the opportunity! Several private companies operate hot air balloons in the area. One of the most reliable ones (‘Au gré des vents”) is based in Contres, a few minutes away from your stay and it is the only one authorized to take off from Chambord. Or you can also take-off from your rental place, upon special request!
Essentials
Two supermarkets, a weekly street market (Friday morning) and all amenities available in this small town, a ten minute drive from your vacation rental place.
Contres
Two supermarkets, a weekly street market (Friday morning) and all amenities available in this small town, a ten minute drive from your vacation rental place.
This is a nice little and resourceful grocery store a few minutes away from the house, at Fougères-sur-Bièvres, on the main Street passing by the castle. The exact address is 27, route de l’Eglise, but you can’t miss it. Featuring mostly local organic products, such as fruits and vegetables, cheeses, homemade jams, dairy products, fresh pasta, freshly squeezed juices, micro brewed beers, and bread. Daily meals ready to carry-out for only 7.00 Euros. It is open every weekday from 9:15AM to 3:30PM and 4:30PM to 7:00PM. Same schedule on Saturdays but closing at 6:00PM. Last but not least, it is open on Sunday mornings,
Le Panier de Vanessa
27 Rue de l'Église
This is a nice little and resourceful grocery store a few minutes away from the house, at Fougères-sur-Bièvres, on the main Street passing by the castle. The exact address is 27, route de l’Eglise, but you can’t miss it. Featuring mostly local organic products, such as fruits and vegetables, cheeses, homemade jams, dairy products, fresh pasta, freshly squeezed juices, micro brewed beers, and bread. Daily meals ready to carry-out for only 7.00 Euros. It is open every weekday from 9:15AM to 3:30PM and 4:30PM to 7:00PM. Same schedule on Saturdays but closing at 6:00PM. Last but not least, it is open on Sunday mornings,
Drinks & Nightlife
Enjoy a unique wine tasting experience of local “Cour-Cheverny, AOC”; this wine truly deserves the crown of best local white wine made in the area! Originally introduced into Burgundy by the Romans, this grape variety was brought into Sologne by King François the 1st and called “Romorantin” after the name of the locality where he was planning to have the Queen Claude Residence designed by Da Vinci. The Queen Claude project never materialized, and the grape had virtually disappeared for more than 400 years, until some local wine makers, resurrected it in 1993 under the Cour-Cheverny-Romorantin appellation as an exclusive wine on a tiny surface of 48 ha.
Maison des Vins de Cheverny
1 Avenue du Château
Enjoy a unique wine tasting experience of local “Cour-Cheverny, AOC”; this wine truly deserves the crown of best local white wine made in the area! Originally introduced into Burgundy by the Romans, this grape variety was brought into Sologne by King François the 1st and called “Romorantin” after the name of the locality where he was planning to have the Queen Claude Residence designed by Da Vinci. The Queen Claude project never materialized, and the grape had virtually disappeared for more than 400 years, until some local wine makers, resurrected it in 1993 under the Cour-Cheverny-Romorantin appellation as an exclusive wine on a tiny surface of 48 ha.