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The Vineyard Suite Was Magnifique!

Monday, March 18th, 2013

“A Place of Calm” – yes, exactly as advertised! After spending a few glorious (but cold and busy) days in Paris, including running the Half-Marathon, it was a pleasure to unwind at this beautiful gem. We were warmly greeted by George and Jean Pierre, but we must confess we most appreciated the friendly welcome by Charlemagne (Charlie), their beautiful bi-lingual Bernese mountain dog! (We missed our dogs at home!) The owners’ hospitality, recommendations, and attention to detail (both in their gorgeous chateau and the guest accommodations) were much appreciated. Thank you for the wine and flowers, and milk in the fridge! Our vineyard suite looked exactly as pictured and was extremely clean, comfortable, and well-designed. Perfect location for chateau-hopping (we visited 8 in 3 days at a leisurely pace).

We were lucky to arrive on a Monday, so we stocked up at the fantastic Tuesday outdoor market in Bourgueil, and enjoyed cooking several meals in our apartment. Don’t miss the Cafe Metry (patisserie/ salon de the) for their outstanding pains au chocolat and coffees. We also very much enjoyed dinners at La Rose de Pindar and La Trattoria (excellent crepes – but cash only unless you have a credit card with la puce). Everyone was very friendly. The village center is a 15 minute pleasant walk. Yes, we were there during the off-season, weather was chilly and not much was in bloom, but that was offset by the lack of crowds and the solitude – merci George, Jean Pierre, and Charlie, for sharing your place of calm. We hope to rent from Historic Rentals again, perhaps one of your lovely Paris apartments.

A la prochaine!

– Carlsbad, California USA

New Loire Valley / Bourgueil Recommendations Map

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

A new map featuring recommendations of the Loire Valley / Bourgueil area is now available. This map shows favorite restaurants and merchants in town. Check it out, and let us know what you think!

Click here to view map.

The Chateau des Sablons is an enchanting place!

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

What a wonderful place! I planned on staying at the Chateau des Sablons few weeks and ended up staying eight after seeing the place. George and John-Pierre are gracious hosts who have thought of everything (not just flowers and wine, but ice cubes in each apt)! They are always available to assist, and never intrude. I’ve stayed in five different suites, and each are beautifully furnished (great beds), peaceful, and private. The grounds are magnificent, and are as shown in the photos. The location could not be better to enjoy everything the Loire has to offer –  nice walk to town, great bike riding, and a day trip to anywhere. To all singles, couples, families, friends, lovers, etc.  I recommend this place without reservation to any and all! Oh, and there great wifi too – a rarity. Thank you gentlemen for such an ideal start to my time in this beautiful country.

Boston, MA
USA

We enjoyed our stay in the Vineyard Suite at the chateau very much!

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

We had a wonderful time at the Chateau des Sablons, and enjoyed our stay in the Vineyard Suite very much. We found all to be as you had represented, and we appreciated all your personal touches such as the flowers and wine in our suite upon our arrival. Very welcoming!

We especially enjoyed our invitation to join you for aperitifs and a tour and history of the chateau.

The village of Bourgueil contained all we needed to idle away an hour or so shopping, or enjoy a lunch or dinner. All the chateaus in the area were within easy driving distance, and we visited quite a few.

We will keep you, Historic Rentals, in our address book, you have many more sites to explore.

Thank you again. A Beintot.
Robert & Margaret T.
Calgary, Alberta

We had a lovely time at the Chateau des Sablons in the Garden Suite!

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

We had a lovely time at the Chateau des Sablons. The Garden Suite was great. We hope to get back to see you again next year, or we may even try Provence.  The holiday was over too soon…. We could have stayed another week with you!

With best wishes,
Jenny and Tony K.
Melbourne, Australia

We had a great time at the Chateau des Sablons in the wonderful little Arbor View apartment.

Saturday, May 26th, 2012

We’ve had a great time at the Chateau des Sablons in the wonderful little Arbor View apartment.

Next time we will make sure to have more time to spend here.

I. Weber
Germany

We’re still high from our stay in Paris, but especially from our stay at your chateau in the Loire!

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

We had a great time. Thanks again for your hospitality. We’re still high from our stay in Paris, but especially from our stay at your chateau in the Loire! We loved the setting, the beautifully kept grounds, as well as the comfortable and well equipped Bellevue apartment which had everything we needed (including umbrellas)!

We hope to make it back there sometime.

Best,
Mike and Audrey K.
Santa Rosa, CA
USA

Wunderbares Aufenthalt

Monday, April 16th, 2012

Nach einer Woche in der Chateau (Garden Suite) mit 3 Kinder, kann ich nur weiter empfehlen. Das Perfektes Urlaub in der Loire.

Travel Memoirs Writing Seminar: May 3rd – 6th, 2012

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

Write your travel memoirs while staying in an 18th century château in France’s Loire Valley.

Have you always dreamed of writing and publishing your own version of “Down and Out and Living in Paris?” Join the Every Life Is A Movable Feast travel writing workshop held this spring at the Château des Sablons in France’s historic and picturesque Loire Valley. While here, you will be inspired to start writing down your own travel experiences!

The Château des Sablons is located on the edge of Bourgueil, a medieval market town near some of the greatest castles that the Loire Valley has to offer.

The four-day workshop will be led by Margo Hammond, former book editor of the St. Petersburg Times, founder of the CREATIVE LATE BLOOMER blog, and memoir writing teacher at the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Excursions to regional wineries, Loire Valley châteaux, and the nearby studio of French author Honore de Balzac may also be arranged.

Writing Seminar Details:

    •    Date: May 3rd – 6th, 2012
    •    Cost: 950 Euros (approximately $1250) per person
    •    Hands-on morning writing sessions
    •    Professional critiques
    •    Publishing advice
    •    Welcome drinks
    •    Three breakfasts in the château’s Orangerie
    •    Saturday night group dinner
    •    Lunch on Friday, and a farewell luncheon on Sunday
    •    Commemorative book featuring participants’ writing

Click here to read Margo Hammond’s biography.

Click here to view the seminar’s schedule and read more information.

Click or call to inquire or reserve a space today!

1-800-537-5408

Your beautiful chateau was so peaceful.

Sunday, November 27th, 2011

Thank you so much. Our stay was wonderful. Your beautiful chateau was so peaceful, and the Bellevue apartment so large and comfortable. We will certainly recommend.

Cheers,
Alan and Leonie G.
Brisbane, Australia