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For the price of a standard hotel room in Paris, we drove to the countryside for a few nights and stayed in a 3 bedroom chateau / castle apartment and toured other nearby castles like Chambord as well as the city of Orleans and some smaller towns. The ideal season here would be spring to fall so you can spend more time on the property grounds in warmer weather. A nearby grocery store allowed us to get all food and wine items we needed but you would want to plan for meals at restaurants and cafe's and a car is necessary. The property is historic and very impressive but you won't be able to enter or wander inside the chateau except for your apartment. See are happy we stayed here to get out of Paris for a few nights and can say we stayed in a castle.
When you take your grandkids, and their parents, to France, you want a special place to retreat after a day of touring chateaux. Francine and Philippe offer just such a place in the Loire Valley, a short distance from Blois. It easily accommodated all seven of us.
The accommodations far exceeded our expectations. We swam in the beautiful pool, took our meals al fresco in our private garden under umbrellas, watched the World Cup on TV from the comfort of couches.
I heartily recommend this lovely property for a week's stay in the Loire. We fell in love with it and were sad to leave. Our hosts are sincere, friendly people who obviously love what they do. If I could, I'd give the Champouteau Averdon property six stars.