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Experience this 4* Chateau estate retreat in a 40-acre forest wildlife heaven.

Bedrooms 4
Separate WC's1
Space 3,013 sq. ft.
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Large 280m2 home. 3000m2 secluded walled garden, forest walks, sleeps 8

At La Buanderie, you'll find four-star luxury and a taste of the sought-after Chateau estate lifestyle at a reasonable cost.

This impressive late 19th-century country house boasts a contemporary interior, Shaker-style kitchen and lofty ceilings - the front door alone stands at 3m high! There are also two spacious lounges, four large bedrooms, a family bathroom and an en-suite, sleeping eight in total. Set well into the forest, you won't be disturbed by any road noise here. The estate’s drive is a kilometre in length! There's also plenty of parking available.

But the appeal of La Buanderie doesn't stop there - you simply need to step outside. Within the property’s private walled garden, which stretches to 3000m2 and was formerly the neighbouring chateau’s vegetable garden, you'll find beautiful planting with rhododendrons, camellias and azaleas and charming pathways. With a pond just the other side of one wall, keep your eyes peeled for the occasional heron flying by as you laze in the sun. The bright yellow and black salamanders that are are included in the Department’s crest, might also catch your eye, as they bask on the warm stone (although they are more usually hiding underneath them).

Beyond the gardens, a 40-acre, private oak forest awaits. There are many meandering tracks, leading you through the leafy canopy to lakes, meadows and more woodland. Wild boar, booted eagles, buzzards, wood pekkers, cuckoos, owls and deer can all be found here. There's also a resident turtle on one pond, and the elusive red squirrels have also made homes here.

Back at the property, you’ll find all the tools you need to make the most of the wildlife that is, quite literally, on your doorstep. A portable hide and binoculars will help you track down the animal and birdlife you seek, while a digital microscope and new slides, included in your welcome pack, will make even the forest’s smallest species accessible, from butterflies and insects to fungi. And for those with more botanical and arboreal interests, the Suunto height meter will allow you to get the measure of the forest’s towering oaks. There’s even an infrared trail camera, helping you to scout out the most secretive of wildlife during your stay.

As you explore the estate, you'll also discover the charming stables, dog kennels and chapel, all of which boast authentic and romantic French architecture. The estate is shared with five other owners, as well as horses, ponies and other pets. A plan of the estate is available at the house, indicating where the private zones are located, to help you explore the forest and its wildlife.


The Shaker-style kitchen is modern and well equipped, with a fridge-freezer, pull-out pantry, dishwasher, ovens (fan / multi / microwave), hob, washing machine and tumble dryer - ideal after a day walking in the forest.

Two living rooms

Both are furnished with comfortable sofa suites. In a chest, you will find plenty of toys for children as well as games including badminton, pétanque and croquet for guests to enjoy. In one living room you will find TV and DVD player with surround sound. In the other a farmhouse style table and benches for 10 and a hi-fi system. There are also a range of CD players and iPhone docks available to guests in bedrooms.


There is a modern toilet and sink located downstairs for convenience. The master bedroom benefits from an en-suite, complete with a shower and bidet. There is also a family bathroom, which includes a bath with an overhead shower. A selection of luxurious Molton Brown products await you on arrival.


There are four bedrooms at the property - the master double bedroom, one further double bedroom and two twin rooms.

Young children and babies

There are two cots and a high chair available at the house.

The house benefits from convenient gas central heating as well as two modern wood burning stoves and an open fireplace in one of the lounges.

Things to do nearby

La Buanderie is 2km from local shops, including an authentic patisserie and supermarket in Herbault. It is 15km from the towns of Blois and Chaumont. In Blois, there are several museums, a theatre of magic, quaint shopping and riverside restaurants to enjoy.

There are many chateaux within an easy drive. These include Blois, Chambord, Chaumont, Chenanceaux, Azay-les-Rideaux, Beauregard, Amboise, Cheverney and Clos-Lucé, to name a few in this UNESCO heritage region.

Indulge in the local wine regions of Vouvray, Torraine, Sancerre, and Chinon.

There are extensive cycle tracks in the area.

Please note: photography of neighbours and their homes is not permitted. Should you decide to stay in this unusual and charming setting, please respect their privacy and tranquility.

More Details

Mr Fraser
Member since: 2008
Speaks English, French, Chinese
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
31 October, 2017

About Mr Fraser

This is my former home. I now live in the UK but spend as much time as I can here.

Mr Fraser purchased this chateau / country house in 1993

Why Mr Fraser chose Orchaise

I bought this home to live in when I worked in the near by town of Blois. It is a very unusual and attractive location, which I am very attached to. It has been rated at the 4 star level under the new government standard for furnished holiday homes.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

Tranquil setting on a private, historic chateau estate surrounded by an oak forest in a beautiful part of France with many chateaux to visit and other tourist attractions in this UNESCO listed region. Excellent base for observing a wide range of wildlife in the forest.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chateau / country house in Orchaise in Loir-et-Cher

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 3013 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Respect neighbours' tranquility, please keep noise levels down - sound travels! Please use the kitchen side patio in the evenings.
  • Refer to the plan / map of the domain in the house and respect neighbours' privacy. Some of our boundaries are not that obvious.
  • Inform the owner promptly of any breakages so that they can be dealt with as soon as possible, that way there is a chance to replace them quickly.
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Ground floor toilet - Toilet , Off central hall
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , Master bedroom en-suite
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Family bathroom off landing
  • Contemporary design with exposed oak beams upstairs. Master bedroom has a spacious en suite shower room. Large shower ( 90x90) with glass door. Basin flanked by matching hard wood shelves. Bidet + WC. Teak floor. Family bathroom has a bath with shower over and a glass side screen. Basin + WC. Hot water is provided by the gas central heating boiler. There is a back up electric immersion heater.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 36m2 + en-suite, large wardrobes, 2 large sofas, desk, HiFi
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , Spacious, wardrobe, 2 chest of drawers, bookcase
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed , Spacious, wardrobe, music centre
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed , Spacious + pull out bed, wardrobe, low shelf units and sofa
    Closed landing - 2 Cot , Cots may be moved (please replace on landing before leaving)
  • Beautiful spacious master bedroom and a contemporary en-suite shower room All bedrooms have exposed oak beams and music facilities in them. They have curtains or blinds. The landing is divided in two with door. The closed area has 2 cots. In addition to the beds listed above there is an optional pull out bed in bedroom 4. All have wardrobe space. Furniture locations may differ slightly from the photographs on this site. Continental quilts and pillows are provided. A linen service is optional.
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Player
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Patio
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • 1 bicycles
  • 16 garden chairs
  • 2 deck chairs
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • 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
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • roller blading
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
The main garden is enclosed, mainly with a stone wall. Badminton, boule and croquet are provided. Bed linen & towel are an optional extra at £10 per person. There is a desk in the main bedroom and another on the enclosed part of the landing. Please note that in France, barbecues are not permitted within 200m of a wooded area. (Unfortunately the swimming pool is not available for rent due to damage caused in the past and it being a source of noise which has disturbed the neighbours. It is enclosed with a locked gate and has a safety cover over it).


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Experience this 4* Chateau estate retreat in a 40-acre forest wildlife heaven.
average rating of 4.95 based on 20 reviews

Lovely property in a nice location

  • 5 of 5

The property is large and well maintained with a good-sized pool. We didn't find the pool cover thst easy to unfold, but that might be just our technique! Our kids loved the woodland setting. We even saw wild deer in the woods on a few occasions. The property itself is in a good location for visiting the local towns of Blois, Amboise, Vendome etc. There's a supermarket down the road in Herbault with a reasonable selection of bread, meat, fish and vegetables, so you don't need to travel far to pick up the essentials.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the review Martin. The security cover on the pool is a bit heavy. It needs to be wound back by 2 people, one on either side, using the 2 tools provided. I will provide further guidance to clients in the future.
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Very nice property

  • 4 of 5

We all enjoyed our stay at the property. The property is large with plenty of space for everyone to have their own space. It also has a good-sized pool. We had a couple of issues whilst we were there but the owner dealt with them as quickly as possible. Unfortunately the barbecue ban at the property (due to forest fires) did make cooking a little difficult for 8 people. The children loved the woodland walks and they saw a couple of deer in the woods. The property is in a good location for visiting the local towns of Blois, Amboise. There is a supermarket nearby and boulangerie in Orchaise. Overall a very nice holiday

  • Review Submitted: 20-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am glad that Mary's family enjoyed their holiday. The outdoor barbecue ban mentioned is a French regulation that applies within 200m of woodland to prevent forest fires and this house is in a lovely oak forest. The property is equipped with comprehensive cooking facilities, including De Dietrich fan oven, multi function microwave / oven and grill and gas hob including a woc burner. There is also an additional Neff microwave, rice cooker and pressure cooker. A prior client dropped and broke one of the cast iron hob pan supports just before leaving and we had to get a new one at short notice from De Dietrich which took a few days. Mary's party included vegetarians which increased their needs for different cooking methods and they were initially planning to use barbecues in parrallel to help cover this. The cooking facilities are normally fine for a group of 8.
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A lovely family break

  • 5 of 5

The property is a very spacious house set in the grounds of a small chateau. There were six adults in our party and with four bedrooms we had plenty of space. The house is very well furnished and equipped so in many ways was a home from home. Being in the grounds it is set off the road so is blissfully quiet and yet the local supermarket and bakers are only 10 minutes drive away. The swimming pool is a perfect size for the property and well looked after. The local area offers lots of attractions varying from chateaux, to picturesque towns and castles. several of the party had just had birthdays and one while we were there and we went to a Michelin starred restaurant in Blois where we had an excellent meal which although not cheap provided good wines at much cheaper prices than in the equivalent restaurant in the UK. we also found a nearby vineyard (50 minutes) down the Loire where we tasted some good wine and very reasonable prices. It's website is lachapiniere.fr. The sauvignon blanc and dessert wines were excellent and very reasonably priced, as were the reds - gamay and malbec. The owner is a delightful lady who makes you very welcome.

All in all this was an excellent choice for our holiday and I am pleased to recommend it highly as somewhere to stay.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for this informative review. We too will be checking out the vinyard you found! Glad you had a good holiday.
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Easter visit 2015

  • 5 of 5

The house is absolutely stunning, spacious, clean and well maintained. We enjoyed a very relaxing week with plenty to do in the Loire region for a family of 6 with a wide age range of 7 through to 53.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Jan-2016
  • Date of Stay: April 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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A great house for all the family

  • 5 of 5

Arriving late at night we were not sure what to expect, but could not have been happier with what we found. The setting is very tranquil and the house provides plenty of space for a large group like ours. The children ranged from 6 to 15, but they all had fun playing in the pool or cycling to the local village and enjoying a game of tennis. We are used to having a view when holidaying in France, but the view here is the very pretty garden and delightful pool. We soon got very attached. Overall, great facilities if you want somewhere to relax and unwind. And if you are happy to jump in your car, some beautiful towns and chateaux are not so far away.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Apr-2014
  • Date of Stay: July 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful Property set in the grounds of a Chateau

  • 5 of 5

We first visited the Loire valley back in 2001. It has always been on our wish list to revisit again with the intention of going back to some of our favorites.

The property description was very accurate and the location, layout, facilities were as described. When we arrived the property was clean and maintained.

On our arrival we were greeted by a call the following morning from Nigel to check everything was ok which was terrific as there is nothing worse than wishing you could speak to someone to ask a few questions. Great Customer service

We would definitely recommend the property to a friend/relatives who are looking for somewhere tranquil.

We drove down through Le Mans and stayed the night at Mecure le Man which was perfect, had the most wonderful meal in a local restaurant Le Bistrot Sur le place in Le Mans, Superb, just what we needed, great food and a bottle of Chinon. On the way back we drove via Reims to stock up on Champagne. Great week, enjoyed by everyone.

Days filled with Horse riding, Visiting Chateaus, caves, lunching and relaxing by the pool.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Sep-2013
  • Date of Stay: August 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Tours Val de Loire
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Orchaise or Herbault
Nearest Ferry
200 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
Nearest Train
15 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
Blois A10
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Herbault or Molineuf
Car: recommended

The domain is to the west of Blois, to the north of Chaumont, mid-way between Orleans and Tours in the Loire Valley, a UNESCO Heritage site, with a large concentration of chateaux. Many nearby attractions including botanical gardens, forests, lakes, museums, golf courses, and equestrian centres.

It is 15 minutes from Blois which is a small historic city.

Other Activities: badminton, canoeing, visiting chateaux and vinyards, eating!

Golf: The nearest golf course is at Chouzy-Sur-Cisse, approximately 15 minutes drive south of the property.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday chateau / country house in Orchaise, Centre

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Summer 2018
30 Jun 2018 - 1 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £50
Stay tax £1.03 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 18 years.

£50 key return and use of telephone & pay per view movies deposit required.
In the low season the deposit increases to £250 to cover potential fuel use.
Cancellation charges apply as per booking form.
Saturday change over for Summer bookings.
Pillows and quilts included. Bed linen + bath towel service is available for an additional fee. £10 per person
Internet access is free

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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