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Through the grapevine
This striking home in Valençay, France, on the southeastern side of the Loire Valley, is one-and-a-half hours south of Paris by train. Commissioned by Napoleon in 1805, La Garenne Lodge was originally a hunting outpost for the neighbouring Château de Valençay. Today it’s a beautifully renovated home with its own stately drive and distinguished interiors. What’s more, it’s a brilliant base for exploring the Loire Valley – which has reason to be a mecca for bon viveurs.
Locals call the valley 'The Garden of France' after its vineyards and orchards, which welcome visitors and have been producing regional delicacies for centuries. Foodies have the pick of rustic bistros and Michelin-starred restaurants among the sleepy hamlets and towns—and even inside the whimsical Châteaux de la Loire. In 2000 part of the valley was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site, wending west from the city of Orleans to Angers and Nantes. Every inch is worthy of exploration.
Valençay is a 2-3 hour drive south from Paris, and there are 90 minute trains too. There are also flights to Tours, the Val de Loire airport, which is just an hour away from La Garenne Lodge. Your hosts recommend hiring a car to make the most of the area.
Lapins de garenne, or wild rabbits, once thrived in these lush surrounds, and diplomatic visitors to the Château stalked them through the woodlands. Napoleon’s infamous Grand Chamberlain – Talleyrand – lived here, and his name is still inscribed into the home’s bronze doors handles. Your hosts, a surgeon and his wife, discovered La Garenne Lodge by chance and were charmed by the classic architecture and glorious setting: they spent six years preserving each historical detail during the renovation. So contemporary guests will feel at least as illustrious as their historical counterparts.
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Booking a stay is as easy as booking a hotel room, with online payment and confirmation. You get the same attention to detail and personal service too.
Every home is properly cleaned before and after you stay, beds made (we can even do hospital corners) and bathrooms kitted out with luxury toiletries. There’s a maid service if you want it, as well as other hotel-style amenities.
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And because nobody wants to be a tourist, our homes come with personal and unique recommendations from the people who live in them – places to eat, things to do and adventures to go on.
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5 night minimum stay
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1. If you book more than 7 days before your stay starts, you can cancel within 24 hours of making it, and we will refund 100% of any charge
2. If you cancel at least 2 weeks before you are due to arrive, we charge you 50% of the stay cost
3. Once you’re within two weeks of the start of your stay, we can’t refund your booking
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Our normal check-in time is 16:00 with check-out being any time before 11:00.
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