How you can stay in this stunning private French chateau
The grand chateaus of the Loire Valley are a must-see for any visitor to France. The elegance, grandeur and extravagance of this region is unlike anywhere else in the world. Most people book tours through the famous chateaus. But a rare few can actually stay in a grand private castle of their own.
Chateau du Coudreceau is one such delight. Built in 1775, the estate covers more than 200 acres of private land with three lakes and a private golf estate.
The owners rent the property to select guests on a weekly basis. Rates start at $273,423.
It fits up to 14 guests in seven opulent bedrooms, each of which has an ensuite, minibar and satellite TV with Netflix.
Chateau de Coundreceau features
Within the chateau, guests have access to spa treatments, a fully-equipped fitness centre and an indoor heated pool.
Chateau de Coundreceau offers a personal concierge service and an award-winning private chef to cater to your every need during your stay.
Guests can relax in the library, the sitting room or the games room.
Private golf course
This timeless chateau comes with a private 15-hole golf course. Guests can book in-house golf tuition and an elite caddy.
Once you’ve finished your game, the staff will store and clean your clubs.
If you don’t feel like braving the outdoors, you can practice on the indoor golf simulator in preparation for your next round.
Explore the Loire Valley
Just 90 minutes from Paris, the Loire Valley is often called the valley of the kings.
In centuries past, kings, queens, nobles and dukes flocked here to establish feudal castles and pleasure palaces.
The most famous of these is the Palace of Versailles, home to King Louis XIV and Marie Antoinette, until the start of the French Revolution.
Chateau Chambord is one of the most recognisable castles in the world. Francis I built the now Unesco-listed property as a hunting lodge and you will see deer antlers hanging throughout the property. But most visitors come to see the double helix staircase, the arc-shaped vaults adorned with the letter F and the impeccably manicured gardens.
The Loire is dotted with top-rated vineyards producing red, white and sparkling wines.
One of the best ways to see the region is a hot air balloon ride. But if you’re afraid of heights, a bicycle tour allows you the time to see the chateaus at your own pace.