In 1519, François I started to build the Château de Chambord – a 400 room hunting “lodge” in the Loire valley. Obviously, with 400 rooms, he intended to have lots of guests. Being a hospitable kind of guy, I think he’d approve of a new venture of gîtes (zjeet), or self-catering holiday cottages, on the grounds of the castle. There are two options: La Gabillière, porte de Muides and La maison forestière des Réfractaires. The motivation for the new option is simple – maintaining and restoring such a vast property costs the state a fortune. Most of those 400 rooms are closed to the public because they need a total overhaul. The income from holiday rentals will enable some much needed work to go forward.
La Gabillière is right at the entrance to the château grounds. If you stay there, you and up to five guests would be significantly more comfortable than the king’s original guests. You’d enjoy a private garden, parking for more than one vehicle, three bedrooms (two with double beds and one with two twins), a living room, dining room, full kitchen, a bathroom, a powder room, and all of the modern conveniences, including wi-fi. You’ll also get an entry to the château for each guest and reduced rates on special events during your stay.
The second property, La maison forestière des Réfractaires, is about 200 yards from the château. The name comes from the residents of the village of Chambord who used to hide out in the woods to escape from the mandatory service when this part of France was occupied by the Nazis during World War II. Four bedrooms house up to eight people, with two bedrooms with two twin beds, and two with double beds, and a bathroom upstairs that includes a Jacuzzi tub, while downstairs, there is a large living space with a living room, TV, and dining room, and a kitchen. You’ll also have access to a private garden and your own parking here. This sounds like a great property for two families to share.
Rentals are for the whole week, mid-week, or the weekend. A full week in the high season is 1,350 € for La Gabillière and 1,850 € for La maison forestière des Réfractaires. If you’d like to know more, call +33 (0)2 54 50 50 14 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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