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15th Century Manor House and Country Home in the heart of Loire valley - France - Manor House

Bedrooms 3
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


chateau / country house
Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights


Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday chateau / country house in Varennes-sur-Loire - LE MANOIR DE CHAMPFREAU

3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps a maximum of 6 to 9 with Maison Louis Richard

Le manoir de Champfreau is a home of great comfort and character, furnished with a collection of antiques and fine art with all the the amenities of modern living. Within its 3 acres of wall gardens, partially moated, centred on 50 acres, enjoy the privacy this home offers. In summer its thick walls keep a welcomed coolness including a beautiful swimming pool, and, in winter, in front of a blazing fire, you will find contentment and serenity.

TWO beautiful homes are available for renting: the Manoir, sleeping 6 and Maison Louis Richard, a beautifully appointed country home, sleeping 2. Both may be rented sleeping a totoal of 9 people.

SPECIAL RATES FOR CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEARS WEEKS ESPECIALLY IF BOTH RESIDENCES BOOKED TOGETHER. Please contact Mr Guderian direct at stevenguderian@aol.com or by telephone (note french answering service but leave message in any language) 0(33) 241 38 40 41 mobile: 0(33)679 33 68 82;


Set within the Loire valley Nature park, this area has recently been included on UNESCO's world patrimony list to preserve the spectacular scenery along 180 miles of the Loire, the last wild river in Europe. The Loire valley is famous for its many chateaux where kings and their courts built an impressive array of stately homes ranging from medieval times through every period and style to the second empire in the mid 19th Century. This area is also known for its wine: Chinon, Bourgeuil or the rich, sweet wine of Coteau du Layon or the sparklings of Saumur. 'Le Cadre Noir', the classical academic riding school is based in Saumur (8 miles away) and gives gala evenings from April to October. The 'Futureoscope of Poitiers' is only few hours drive away. So come and enjoy!

Christmas and New Year holiday rental available. During the holiday, the manoir is decorated with Christmas tree, evergreens, holly and misletoe. A swimming pool will be available in 2004.

Spring and autums mid-week and weekend rentals available.

American owned, English and French spoken.

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Details for holiday chateau / country house Manor House, 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, 2 Bathrooms

Large and very comfortable home, beautifully appointed with fine antiques, persian carpets, paintings and library. Off season rental as B&B and weekly during summer. CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR WEEKS available and in addition to the MANOR HOUSE, MAISON LOUIS RICHARD (sleeps max of 3) may be rented in addition for total of 9 people. SPECIAL PRICES AVAILABLE FOR RENTAL OF BOTH RESIDENCES. Meals may be prepared by Bruce, an experienced New York Chef and he offers on site cooking classes.

  • Events Allowed
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Singles
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible

Steven Guderian
Member since: 1997
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
14 November, 2016
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About Steven Guderian

Originally from Wisconsin and living for 25 years in New York City and worked in the hospitality business as Chefs and Party Organizers.

Steven Guderian purchased this chateau / country house in 2001

Why Steven Guderian chose Maine-et-Loire

We purchased our vacation home ! Having come to France for years, to Champfreau, we eventually purchased the home and upgraded it to a lavish holiday home.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

we are situated on 17 hectares (53 acres) of beautiful, serene and organic land. For four or more, dinners my be prepared by Bruce, a New York chef, 2 days in advance.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(6 traveller reviews)

Manor House
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews

Chamfreau - a treat to be repeated

  • 5 of 5

Dear Bruce & Steven,

Our warmest gratitude to you for sharing with us the magic of your fantastic estate & a glimpse of your life. You are the most charming, considerate and generous hosts; you made us feel right at home immediately upon our arrival and so comfortable and welcome throughout the week. Thank you for that !

The Manoir is an absolute treasure, and it has been a true treat for us to learn the story of your shaping it to its present glory. We will particularly treasure the memory of being pampered by you with Bruce's fantastic cooking - asparagus a la Bruce & confit de canard warmly recommended ! - and Steve's delicious deserts. Good food, great atmosphere !

The week has gone too fast & thus we are making plans to return, as such treat just demands an Encore !

With warm thanks,

Britt & Mats, Paula & Anders

  • Review Submitted: May 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Staying in Champfrau is the BEST find ever

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I struggled over where to stay during our short tour around the Loire Valley. We ultimately chose Steve and Bruce's country home and felt we absolutely lucked out. The grounds are just spectacular. You are out in the country so i's just so relaxing! Sitting outside with a glass of wine (which they very kindly furnished along with other wonderful treats) in the afternoon was perfect; they both joined us, as well, which was awesome.

The interior of the country home is decorated like out of a Ralph Lauren home, as another guest said. It's filled with trinkets and artifacts in every corner. The colors are soothing and rich. I know they bought the best paint from London, of course! Everything is available. The home is spacious! We expected a room or an apartment--we got a house with bedroom, living room (with piano and thousands of books) with enormous fireplace, dining room, kitchen and little reception area. That's not to mention the outside area.

This is a one of kind place that you feel so lucky to fall over. We will definitely return for a longer stay. Bruce and Steven were extremely helpful and so very friendly. Don't hesitate. BOOK IT!!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

As I write this I am curled up on the sofa in the Maison (the smaller of the two properties), the fire is crackling and I REALLY REALLY do not want to leave tomorrow! The hosts, Steven and Bruce are charming, as my husband and I are here to celebrate our anniversary they prepared and served a wonderful meal for us last night, champagne and canapés by the fire followed by a 4 course meal in the dining room, paired with regional wines and finally a selection of liqueurs and chocolate to go with coffee to round things off.

The Maison is stunningly well put together. It dates back to the early 1400's and has been superbly restored throughout. We have a very well equipped kitchen, a rather grand dining room, a fabulous drawing room with huge working fireplace, floor to ceiling bookshelves, rugs strewn on the floor, numerous table lamps, and candles... and a baby grand in the corner! Whilst it looks magazine-shoot ready it is incredibly comfortable to live in. The bedroom is intimate and romantic with an ensuite leading off it.

Steven and Bruce also very kindly showed us round the Manoir today, a larger property with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Again it's stunning. These guys have a great eye for design as well as knowing exactly how to put their guests at ease.

Honestly I cannot say enough good things and cannot think of even one area where there is room for improvement. Steven and Bruce, you are doing a wonderful job and have made my husband and I very happy. Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
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  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed here 5 days in Jan/Feb. Heating for this time of the year was excellent in the 5 rooms plus bath (about 1500-2000 square feet) Richard Louis. Nice operational fireplace in the living room with wood provided. I think I can best describe the decor/feel as right out of a "Ralph Lauren" photo shoot. My wife and I have stayed at maybe 25 period European properties and without a doubt this was the most authentic and most comfortable. The kitchen is better equipped than at our home. The sourroundings of the old "fortified farmhouse" are right out of a history book. The bathroom is not large by luxury hotel standards but more than functional with a shower. Highly recommended, just treat it with respect as we want it to be in the same condition next time we come.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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French paradise

  • 5 of 5

We loved every minute of our magical stay at Champfreau. We booked the main house for us and the appartment for my parents. We loved the extensive grounds - especially fishing in the moat. Eating Al fresco and breakfast in the huge living room. Fantastically equipped kitchen - we don't usually cook much on holiday but the kitchen made it so easy. We bought food from the local markets and wine from the local vineyards. Steve and Bruce were exceptional hosts and we loved Zeb , the doodle and all the lovely cats. This place is like heaven !

  • Review Submitted: Jan 17, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
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Simply Perfect.

  • 5 of 5

We cannot say enough good things about our stay. The exquisite location, the stunning accommodation- the absolutely amazing hosts. The listing description and images do not do this property justice. The interiors, the pool, the grounds, the 3 minute bike ride to the village bakery and its heavenly pastries, the closely surrounding villages and daily markets.. The home and rooms are perfectly maintained and immaculately clean. We were treated as family but also allowed the privacy to explore and enjoy as we pleased. Steven & Bruce's local recommendations to see, eat and experience were spot on. The whole trip from the initial booking right through our entire stay was just a dream. The only sad part was having to say goodbye. We have stayed in a number of villas and chateau's throughout Europe but would without doubt say that this is beyond anywhere we have ever stayed, it was truly an exceptionally beautiful experience that we highly recommend to both couples, groups and families.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 16, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
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Nearest Airport
85 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
8 Kilometres
Nearest Train
12 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
12 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
198 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Varennes sur Loire is situated along the Loire river, 12 kilometres east of Saumur, mid distance between the towns of Tours and Angers in a UNESCO protected site.

DIRECTIONS: If you are approaching Saumur, stay on the north side of the Loire River. (Saumur proper is on the south side). You will travel east on the D152 from Saumur, in the direction of Tours for 12 km (10 minutes),then you will come to a large metal bridge crossing the Loire River, on your right. DO NOT CROSS THE RIVER. At this intersection the sign will show VARENNES -SUR-LOIRE on the right. Travel 1km into VARENNES and in the centre of the village, with the church on the right (this is a 'T' intersection), turn left (west) at the BAR COMMERCE onto rue des SABATIERS (this rue turns into rue de la Croix des Noues) We are at number 8. One half km out of the village you will see a wind mill on the left and then a large metal warehouse. Across from the warehouse is a large CRUCIFIX. This is the drive to the Manoir

Other Activities: Antique markets, local produce markets and wine tastings.

Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday chateau / country house in Varennes-sur-Loire, Maine-et-Loire

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
14 Nov 2016 - 20 Dec 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas/ New Yr
21 Dec 2016 - 4 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
spring - summer
5 Jan 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Stay tax €1 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 12 years.

Off season rates can be negotiated depending upon amount of days and number of guests.
CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEARS weeks available at high season prices.
Meals may be prepared anytime of year for any amount of people.
Weddings are welcome as we have hosted and catered for many.
Thank you!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chateau / country house in Varennes-sur-Loire in Pays de la Loire

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house (detached)
  • Catering available
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 180 m²
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Baby Gate
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Free Local Calls
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Printer
  • Safe
  • Scanner
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Telescope
  • Thermos Flask
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Large Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom/ensuite - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Both bathrooms are very functional and warm. Large tiled shower and large deep claw footed bath tub. Great lighting for make up. Unlimited hot water, soft high quality towels and plenty of them !
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • 4 POSTER - 1 Large Double Bed , ENSUITE / LUX
    TAPESTRY - 1 Large Double Bed , LUXURY
    FLORAL - 1 Large Double Bed , LUXURY
  • 4 POSTER PURPLE VELVET BEDROOM--- Large antique 4 poster bed, new top quality mattress, ensuite shower and toilet. .Beautiful exterior view of back garden. Fine antique furniture and art. TAPESTRY / FLEUR DE LIS BEDROOM --- The TURRET / CHAPEL is the dressing room. Beautiful views of the formal courtyard. Antiques and fine art. FLORAL BEDROOM --- Fabric upholstered walls, beautiful view of courtyard and gatehouse, top quality large mattress. Tapestry and Floral bedrooms share a large bathroom with antique Lion Footed Bathtub, sink, toilet. Very comfortable and spacious.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Binoculars
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Gated Community
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue ...
  • Patio
  • Veranda
  • Porch Furniture
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • Yard
  • 8 bicycles
  • 20 garden chairs
  • 10 deck chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Singles
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Housekeeping
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • ski
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
There is a large collection of CDs as well as an extensive library. We have installed a new sound system with IPOD PORT for your own music. Wood is provided for the imposing Gothic stone fireplace. Two beds are American queen size, the four poster is a double. Check in time is any time after 5PM (17:00) and check out time is 10AM (10:00)please. Local markets offer the finest in cheeses, fresh meat and fish, fruit and vegetables. Lunches and Dinners and pick-nick baskets available with prenotice at suplimental prices. Large menu available to choose from. The SWIMMING POOL is for EXCLUSIVE use for the renters of the Manor House.

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