Chateau Alarie

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Traditionally styled, has a relaxed country-house feeling

Property Amenities

Wi-Fi/Internet access
Under 1 hour to airport
Ground floor bed & bath
Working fireplace

Babies & Toddlers

High chair(s)
Gated/fenced grounds
Ideal for babies & toddlers

Kids & Teens

Ideal for kids
Ideal for teens

Things to Do

Rural Location
Walkable Village/Town
Walkable Pub/Restaurant
Wine tasting
Walking/Hiking paths
Lots to see: Outstanding landscapes
Lots to do: Outdoor pursuit & activities
Lots to visit: Tourist towns & villages
The castle, which even has a spa treatment room, is magnificent, as are the views from the King’s Suite. The windows look out over immaculate gardens, a folly, lake, vineyard and stables, which house horses you can ride every day [reviewing Chateau de Challagne in the Loire Valley]

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Overview of Chateau Alarie

What Oliver loves…

  • A stay at Chateau Alarie puts you right in the heart of the French countryside, where you can discover genuine rural life in a region that is pivotal in the country's history
  • The local area has a rich heritage comprising of garden and flower shows, famous markets, historical buildings and great cycling paths!
  • The architectural beauty of Alarie has been strikingly well preserved, and gives a feeling you've stepped back in time the moment you enter the property
  • Stunning gardens surround the property, boasting beautiful wild flowers  and a terrace which is a wonderfully atmospheric setting for an evening entertaining friends and family
  • The great Chateaux of the Loire are at your doorstep!

What you should know…

  • This region is best enjoyed with access to a car
  • There is no TV... which means more opportunities for socializing and spending time outdoors!

Chateau Alarie is a stunning French castle with deep roots in the history of the region. Here you’ll find traditional luxury, and an authentic experience yet with plenty of amenities close by in the picturesque town of Villeloin-Coulangé and an array of modern comforts on site.

The property is in the heart of chateaux and vineyard country in the Loire, part of the commune of Montresor, recently voted one of the two most beautiful villages in France.

It is only a 20 minutes' drive from the world famous zoo at Beauval and from a train-touristique. So there are activities for all the family!

The house was, until the French Revolution, the residence of the Abbots of the Benedictine Monastery of St-Sauveur in Villeloin-Coulangé, founded in 850 AD in the reign of Charles the Bald. Situated South of the Loire Valley, the area attracted the Kings of France who came to hunt boar and deer in the surrounding forests and Louis XI, on one of his visits, stayed in the house.

This is the region where Charles VII kept the first official royal mistress, Agnes Sorel, from whom much of the royalty of Europe is descended, and where Joan of Arc persuaded him to go to Reim to be consecrated in 1429.

There is a bi-weekly market on Wednesdays and Saturdays, much enlivened by an active café life with the arrival of crowds of shoppers from the surrounding area who come to buy their provisions and socialize while doing so.

Interior & Grounds

Ground floor:

- Large dining room with possibility of seating 20
- Drawing room with fireplace, library, grand piano and sitting area
- Fully equipped kitchen/breakfast room with all amenities and batterie de cuisine (plenty of cutlery, crockery, cookware, coffee machine etc.)
- Bedroom with four poster bed for one guest and en-suite bathroom

First floor:

- Two double bedrooms
- Double bedroom with an additional bed
- Twin bedroom
- Triple bedroom
- Three bathrooms

- Double bedroom with WC

- Library and writing room with views.

- Fabulous two-level walled garden.
- Upper level with easy access to the kitchen for dining al fresco, well shaded by trees and enjoying the sunset.
- Two large terraces, and one gazebo.

Extensive basements with washing machine, dryer, wine cellar, central heating boiler (oil) and additional freezer capacity.

Garage with table tennis.

Barbecue area.

Note: the property can accommodate up to 4 extra guests. See T&Cs for details.

Map, Location & Local Information

One of the attractions of the area is its proximity to not only the chateaux of the Loire but also many churches, abbeys and historic gardens, without itself being too much of a tourist destination, though the neighbouring village of Montrésor (2.5 km), categorised as one of the most beautiful villages of France, boasts an agreeable restaurant/bar, a mini-supermarket, bakery, chemist, and petrol pump. 

For daily requirements, such as fresh produce, bread, newspapers etc, Villeloin itself has all this within a few paces walk, whilst for more serious shopping, Loches is 19 km away, with two large supermarkets, and all the amenities of a small provincial town. Loches itself is a place of substantial historical significance, with its massive defensive keep, chateau and royal residence, and cathedral.

The main transport hub in the area is Tours, about 50 minutes' drive, where there is a small airport and rail link to Paris (56 minutes) and southwards by TGV.

Tours is also connected by regular bus service to Loches, and Eurostar/TGV from London via Paris or Lille is some six hours, whilst driving from Calais is in total about six and a half hours with good motorways all the way until about half an hour from Villeloin.

An additional facility available is a secure underground parking space operated by remote next to Tours station, useful for leaving a car if traveling to Paris or elsewhere by train. Both St Pierre des Corps Tours and Tours mainline stations have car hire places where you can book vehicles that carry up to nine passengers.

Some of the most famous Chateaux in France are only a short distance. There's a beautiful old Chateau in the next door village which is open to the public. That is within walking distance; it's a little over a mile. Others are within cycling distance or a short drive. The best place to hire bicycles is the Peugeot Garage on Rue des Moulins in Loches, the nearest town. This has a good selection and they are cheap to hire.

If you hire your bikes in Loches we strongly recommend cycling around the Royal Forest which has some glorious rides. You might usefully stop off on your way to Loches at the tourist office in Montresor which has a good selection of cycle route maps. There is also a tourist office in Loches by the station and it is a beautiful market town with a historic castle and keep, just 12 miles away.

Chenonceaux, the Loire's most famous Chateau, is just 21 miles away.

Chaumont is 28 miles away. Blois is 37 miles away. The beautiful gardens at Villandry are just 44 miles away.

The imposing fortress at Chinon is 51 miles away.

Many other historic buildings are within easy reach too.

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Tours St-Symphorien

(61-70 km)

Nearest Ferry port Calais

(Over 100 km)

Nearest Train Station Loches or St Aignan

(16-20 km)

Nearest Village Villeloin-Coulange

(Under 1 km)

Nearest Town/City Loches

(16-20 km)

Nearest Restaurant

(3 km)

Nearest Bar/Pub

(3 km)

Nearest Supermarket

(Under 1 km)

Nearest Shop

(Under 1 km)

The Region

A region doesn’t get to be called “The Garden of France” without being pretty special, and the Loire Valley is just as luscious and beautiful as its nickname would suggest. There’s countless acres of beautiful woods, vineyards and farmland that produce some of France’s revered ingredients and delicacies, and a wealth of history and beautiful architecture that demands and rewards exploration. Whether you’re heading off with the family, friends, or both, our fantastic portfolio of Loire Valley villas and chateaux means you’ll find fantastic, comfortable and quirky accommodation no matter your preferences.

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Catering & Services

At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. If there is anything you would like to arrange for your stay, please contact the Oliver’s VIP Concierge Team (by clicking on the link in the blue Oliver’s Extras box above) who will be happy to help. We can usually put you in touch with the right people arrange any of the following:

- Maid service/Extra cleaning
- Cook/catering
- Grocery delivery
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Taxi / Car rental

This is by no means an exhaustive list, so please just contact Oliver’s VIP Concierge Team to help you arrange any of those little extras that can really make the difference.

Enjoy gourmet dining experiences with our new Chef Service!
We’re now offering our customers the chance to enjoy some unforgettable eats with our new Chef Service! Choose from booking a single sumptuous meal with a private chef for that special occasion, or hire a chef to cook your meals for all or part of your holiday - it’s as flexible as it is delicious.

A) Single Meal Service: A chef will travel to this villa and whip up a fantastic meal for you and your guests. The chef will arrive with all the necessary ingredients as well as the talent to turn them into something unforgettable. They’ll serve the meal and clear up afterwards - an easy and entertaining way to enjoy a top quality meal in your very own villa!

B) Full Chef Service: If you really want to kick back and relax, we can arrange for a chef to cater for the duration of your holiday (or part of it). With a range of options from simple family catering to full-on haute cuisine, we can organise a meal plan and a price to suit your needs. So why worry about self-catering when you can have everything taken care of?

Of course, before booking this service, we suggest you contact the property owner as they might already offer a similar cook or chef service in-house. To find out more simply visit

Terms & Conditions

Security deposit £250 Arrival time After 3.00pm
Departure time Before 12.00pm Heating costs included? Calculated on departure and deducted from the security deposit
End of stay cleaning included? Yes Linen & towels included? Yes
Pets welcome? Please enquire Smoking Allowed? No
Changeover day Any day of the week Other Ts and Cs The property sleeps up to 4 extra guests at a surcharge of £100 per week per person.


Best Suited For: All Ages

Baby and Toddler Equipment
Kids Activities Close-by
High chair(s)
Walkable Village/Town
Walkable Pub/Restaurant
Lots to see: Outstanding landscapes
Lots to do: Outdoor pursuit & activities
Lots to visit: Tourist towns & villages
Baby and Toddler Equipment
Kids Activities Close-by
Onsite Facilities
Services Available
High chair(s)
Walkable Village/Town
Children's books
Walkable Pub/Restaurant
Table tennis
Lots to see: Outstanding landscapes
Gate/fenced grounds
Lots to do: Outdoor pursuit & activities
Gated/fenced grounds
Lots to visit: Tourist towns & villages

Reviews for Chateau Alarie

Chateau Alarie Reviews

  • Our time spent at Alarie was magical

    Posted by Paula C. on 20/01/2017

    Hello, Jasper, I just wanted to take a minute to express how much we enjoyed chateau Alarie. The home is so charming and the gardens and village are so lovely. We moved around quite a lot on our holiday travels and our time in Villaloin-Coulangè was our favorite. We will forever treasure our hours by the fire, walks through the village and our visit to Amboise. I wanted to mention the restaurant we dined at in Montressor. We arrived at Alarie a bit later than planned the evening of Dec 30 and were unaware that the market was closed already. Anne-Laure greeted us so warmly. When she learned we hadn't had time to pick up groceries on our way, she called the Legend. They were about to close but were willing to stay open to serve us dinner. The food was wonderful (our favorite meal of our entire trip) and the hostess was so kind and generous. It turned out to be a dream of an evening. In addition, Anne-Laure was so easy to work with and so helpful. We spent a fabulous day visiting the Chateau Chenonceau and the chateau in Amboise, lunch in Amboise and a very good wine tasting in a cave there. All in all, our time spent at Alarie was magical. I truly hope to visit again--in a warmer season! Thank you truly for your graciousness in sharing such a wonderful place.

  • A trip to remember

    Posted by Paula C. on 02/01/2017

    We had a lovely stay Chateau Alarie. We loved our time in the local villages! The chateau is so charming and comfortable. It was a trip we will always remember.


  • We will be back

    Posted by Mathieu P. on 16/11/2016

    We were delighted! Despite the bad weather, we might come back with other friends!

  • Great weekend at Chateau Alarie

    Posted by Olivier V. on 18/05/2016

    Our wee end was great and every body was happy.

    The house is very nice and easy to live in. Madame Farley explained all the details very kindly and answered all our questions.

    We visited Chenonceau and Loches.

    The weather was ok as the rain stopped on Friday as we arrived and we were lucky enough to see the sun shining on Sunday!



  • A perfect stay, we felt at home!

    Posted by Vangelis and Ilias S. on 09/05/2016

    This is a quick message of thanks for making everyone feel at home at Chateau Alarie.

    We had a very pleasant stay indeed, the house is perfect for large family excursions. If the weather had been a little better we would have definitely enjoyed breakfast or even dinner outside at one of the tables set up in the lovely gardens!

    The kitchen is spacious enough to allow for the morning bustle, the kids and the adults both made good use of the sitting and dining rooms. The bedrooms were very comfortable and had everything we needed, and there were enough bathrooms for all of us.

    Anne-Laure was very helpful and, although the necessity never arose, we felt safe knowing that she was at hand.

    Once again, we thank you for your hospitality and will always cherish our time at Chateau Alarie. I know that we will encourage our friends to visit too.

Rental Rates

Prices below are based on an occupancy of 12 people.

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights Weekly
October 17th 2017 - December 16th 2017 - £994.72 £1,326.30
Christmas & New Year - £2,072.36 £2,763.14
January 2nd 2018 - January 6th 2018 - £994.72 £1,326.30
January 6th 2018 - June 23rd 2018 - £994.72 £1,326.30
June 23rd 2018 - August 25th 2018 - £1,823.68 £2,431.56
August 25th 2018 - December 15th 2018 - £994.72 £1,326.30
December 15th 2018 - January 5th 2019 - £2,072.36 £2,763.14
January 5th 2019 - April 20th 2019 - £994.72 £1,326.30

Prices below are based on an occupancy of 12 people.

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights Weekly
October 17th 2017 - December 16th 2017 - €1,074.74 €1,433.00
Christmas & New Year - €2,239.07 €2,985.43
January 2nd 2018 - January 6th 2018 - €1,074.74 €1,433.00
January 6th 2018 - June 23rd 2018 - €1,074.74 €1,433.00
June 23rd 2018 - August 25th 2018 - €1,970.38 €2,627.18
August 25th 2018 - December 15th 2018 - €1,074.74 €1,433.00
December 15th 2018 - January 5th 2019 - €2,239.07 €2,985.43
January 5th 2019 - April 20th 2019 - €1,074.74 €1,433.00

Prices below are based on an occupancy of 12 people.

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights Weekly
October 17th 2017 - December 16th 2017 - $1,267.63 $1,690.18
Christmas & New Year - $2,640.92 $3,521.22
January 2nd 2018 - January 6th 2018 - $1,267.63 $1,690.18
January 6th 2018 - June 23rd 2018 - $1,267.63 $1,690.18
June 23rd 2018 - August 25th 2018 - $2,324.01 $3,098.67
August 25th 2018 - December 15th 2018 - $1,267.63 $1,690.18
December 15th 2018 - January 5th 2019 - $2,640.92 $3,521.22
January 5th 2019 - April 20th 2019 - $1,267.63 $1,690.18

Owner Profile

How long have you owned the property?
26 years

What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?
Historically fascinating

Are there any interesting stories in its history?
Royalty has stayed here




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