The view from the Clos des Capucins manor house is exceptional. Situated on the top of a hill, it looks directly across to the legendary Chinon Castle where the Plantagenet King Henry II, his wife Eleanor of Acquitaine and their son Richard the Lionheart once resided.
The castle later became the setting for the historic meeting of Joan of Arc and the French Dauphin, where she persuaded him to provide her with troops to rid France of the English and end the 100 Years War.
The manor house is surrounded by gardens and a walled vineyard. The new owner, Fiona Beeston, wine journalist and author, is injecting new life (bio-dynamic) into this forgotten gem of a vineyard, first established by the Capucins monks in 1604.
The monastery was burnt down during the French Revolution. The house that now stands on the site is part 18th/part 19th Century. Recently redecorated, it has a warm family-house feel. Views from every window are exquisite, some straight out of a XVIIth painting - lush countryside with the meandering river, vineyards, chateaux....
A five minutes' walk from the Clos des Capucins will lead you down a cobbled street lined with medieval to Renaissance buildings, and then onto the main square with a fountain and cafés.
Alastair Sawday's say:
'A big well-decorated, light-filled family house with its own vineyard and beautiful views of Chinon’s rooftops and river. Chateaux nearby'
'It feels great to be here, in this sunny winegrower's house, half way up the hill above the town with the dreamiest views. Look east from your sloping lawn to Chinon's rooftops and castle, south to the meandering river… you could spend hours beneath the spreading cedar just soaking up the view. Back inside are well-proportioned, light-flooded rooms spread over two floors, plus two simpler bedrooms up in the attic, linked by a central curved wooden staircase; you won't be short of space! There's a panelled dining room with built-in corner cupboards guarding smart dinner services and glass, a sitting room with comfy sofas and a parlour feel, logs for cosy nights in, a small library well stocked, a den-like room for reading and writing, and a big farmhouse kitchen with a super old table and a modern gas-fired range. All is freshly painted to a high standard and unfussily furnished with good fabrics and furniture. The biodynamic vineyard lies behind, historic Chinon lies below, there's delicious swimming in the river and châteaux by the hatful. Wonderful for a family or two.'
Keywords: Refurbished, 19th century decor, breathtaking views, lawn, walking distance to town,