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Fairytale Château With Fully Heated Pool

Bedrooms 9
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Chateau, St Philbert en Mauges, Maine et Loire, Pays de la Loire, France - Beautifully Secluded And Private, Yet Within Close Distance Of Shops For Every Day Essentials

Château de Bois Giraud is situated between the tiny village of St Philbert en Mauges and the town of St Villedieu la Blouère, in heart of the Mauges region. Excellent road links mean the cross channel ports of Le Havre, Caen and Cherbourg are all within 4 hours drive. Nantes airport is a mere 40 minutes away, making the château an ideal location for those planning either a short break or a longer holiday. The château has 9 large bedrooms and 11 bathrooms, providing flexible accommodation. All bedrooms have en suite bathrooms apart from one, which has its own bathroom just next door. There is wi-fi internet access which has been extended via a network to cover the whole château, and several portable iPod/iPhone docking stations. In addition to the fully heated pool, there is a large games room and a gym/dance studio providing plenty for guests to do. The château is fully accessible to wheel chair users on the ground and, via a lift, first floors. The pool has wide easy access steps.

Marian Parker
Member since: 2012
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
10 July, 2017

About Marian Parker

I own the château jointly with my two sisters, and it has been in our family since 2001. We all live in the UK with our families and regularly come out to the château. Having enjoyed many family holidays there, we knew it would be a wonderful holiday let for those who wish to stay in a château but not worry about the upkeep!

Marian Parker purchased this chateau / country house in 2001

Why Marian Parker chose Maine-et-Loire

Our father bought the château in 2001 because of its rural location in the unspoilt Loire Valley. The château is surrounded by 20 acres of parkland, woods and fields and has wonderful views across the countryside and yet feels private and secluded. Local shops are only minutes away, and there is plenty to see and do in the area if you can tear yourself away! One of France's top tourist attractions, Puy de Fou (historical re-enactments on truly grand scale) - is about half and hour away. Taste the wines of the Loire Valley, visit châteaux or just relax back at your very own château (for the week, anyway)!

Despite its rural location, the château is only 4 hours from the main cross channel ports and 6 from Calais via excellent road links.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

In summer guests can enjoy the large enclosed and fully heated pool, and when the weather is not so favourable the château has a well equipped gym, a games room, a large salon as well as a stunning wood panelled dining room in which everyone can dine together. Conversation flows easily in this room which is adorned with a glittering chandelier and original family portraits.

Many properties that accommodate similar numbers of people lack seating facilities for everyone in one sitting. Our large bespoke table easily accommodates 20, meaning everyone can eat together. Should you wish to have a chef cater a dinner party for you, or perhaps something less formal, we can supply details.

The château is fully accessible to wheel chair users on the ground and, via a lift, the first floor.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We drove along the wooded driveway and from across a sea of ox-eye daisies first saw the château. The pale towers under silky slate cones, at each end of the house, enhanced the fairytale picture-book quality of the scene. From the moment we saw it to the final farewell, this house gave everything promised in the literature, and more ... Kathy Waudby, May 2012

WOW! what a place you have!

We had a superb time at the Chateau - which certainly has the WOW factor. You had thought of everything! And thank you very much indeed for the complimentary champagne - which was very well received on the first night!

The chateau was particularly well suited for our party because it was very much geared up for children; the games room, the swimming pool, the woods, all the equipment, etc. The children didn't even ask to play on the computer games (in the games room). .. Caroline Duffy, June 2012
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chateau / country house in Saint-Philbert-en-Mauges in Maine-et-Loire

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 15
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • 10 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 6 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 7 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 8 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • All en suite except Bedroom 8 Bed 1 - shower, wc, bath, bidet Bed 2 - bath/shower, wc Bed 3 - bath/shower, wc Bed 4 - wet room, wc Bed 5 - bath/shower, wc Bed 6 - shower, wc Bed 7 - bath/shower, wc Bed 8 - adjacent bath/shower, wc Bed 9 - bath, wc, shower
  • 9 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 15 (9 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bed 1 - 1 Super king bed Bed 2 - 1 king bed Bed 3 - 1 king bed Bed 4 - 1 king bed, lift access Bed 5 - 1 king bed Bed 6 - 1 double bed Bed 7 - 2 single beds Bed 8 - 2 single beds Bed 9 - 1 king, 2 single beds
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Notes on accommodation: We regret that pets are not allowed, and there is no smoking at the property. There is Freesat television and a DVD player with a selection of DVD@s to watch. 2 high chairs and 2 travel cots available on request. Outside: Our private 12m x 6m fully heated pool is operational from May to September and is the perfect place for making the most of summer days, whether you choose to relax on a sun lounger or take a dip. The pool has a mechanical safety cover and the whole pool area is enclosed by a hedge. In addition, the 1 metre high gates have been designed with a safety opening and closing feature, to ensure small children are kept out of the pool area when it is not in use. The large, brick built barbecue in the pool area allows guests to enjoy pool side dining; there is a large table to eat around, and plenty of chairs. Guests have exclusive use of the 20 acres of grounds, which include woods, fields and parkland. Utility Room: There is a fully equipped laundry room which is home to that all important full size wine fridge! There is also a washing machine, tumbler drier, iron and ironing board. There are 2 clothes airers and a rotary washing line outside. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bath towels, linen, heating for pool, end of stay clean included. Linen and towels changed weekly. Other: Games room with pool table, toys, board games and PS2 with lots of games, badminton set and 6 bicycles. Gym with tread mills, rowing machines, static bikes. Dining room with wood panelling, seats 20 around bespoke rosewood table. Large pantry/ larder


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Fairytale Château With Fully Heated Pool
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews

Magical week in a beautiful chateau

  • 5 of 5

The weather was superb and we spent a lot of time by the wonderful pool or else exploring the area. Thank you for supplying the bottles of champagne on our arrival which really was so kind of you. We had a fabulous supper at the Auberge du Chateau by the bridge in Clisson... the food wonderful and the setting beautiful! We also had a superb lunch at La Table du Square Restaurant at Chaudefonds-sur-Layton which was really enjoyed by us all so thank you for the recommendations! We were all very sad to leave and hopefully we might get the opportunity to go back one day! With very best wishes..Sharon

  • Review Submitted: May 30, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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An ideal place for a family holiday for all genera

  • 5 of 5

There were clear instructions to find the chateau which turned out to be as described, clean, attractive and with a well appointed family kitchen. The dining room was big enough for our group which was large, though mostly we ate in the kitchen. If you wanted peace and quiet, there was a lovely and comfortable salon; while the children had a large games room with all sorts of things ranging from puzzles to ping pong, plus a TV and videos. There was WiFi throughout and a well equipped gym. There are bicycles, but a main attraction was the swimming pool and barbecue area. The water was warm and there were plenty of lounges by the poolside.

We had been in touch with Isabel prior to our arrival and she was there to meet us and answer any questions, so that was reassuring.

In the nearest villages (Villedieu and St Macaire) there are boulangeries and small supermarkets, so we bought fresh bread daily.

Eating out was a great pleasure! There is a small family restaurant in St Macaire called Pachankas which sells pizzas, palettes, crepes etc, but the main family restaurants are in Cholet (try the Grand Cafe in the main square) and Clisson. For finer dining our favourite was Restaurant de la Vallee down by the old bridge in Clisson (book if you go on Friday, market day). We also liked La Touchetiere, on the outskirts of Cholet - excellent food, but less ambience. We used the caterers in Cholet for a grand family celebration and they were reliable providing good food as well as delivering it and collecting the dishes. (There was an extra charge for this but they were very difficult to locate, so it was a help).

The information files in the kitchen were useful and we tended to split up for sightseeing. I loved the Japanese gardens at Maulevrier; they were beautiful, but the troglodyte caves were popular too. If you want a whole day out go to Puy du Fou with its spectacles. We had booked for this as it is popular and I would love to go again if in the area. (We did not rate the English audio descriptions and managed without them. Also, take some food to eat while waiting for the spectacle to start).

Angers is another day trip and there is a great deal to see there, so we limited ourselves to the chateau and the tapestries. Some people went to Nantes and liked the fantastical carousel and the enormous mechanical elephant (booking essential if you want a ride)

I would certainly recommend this chateau to other people.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your your review. We're really glad you had such a great time at the château and the surrounding area. We hope you will come back and stay at the château again soon!
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One and a half hours drive to the traditional and pretty resort town of Pornic. The town has several small sandy beaches.


Excellent road links mean the cross channel ports of Le Havre, Caen and Cherbourg are all within 4 hours drive. Calais is approximately 5 1/2 hours while St Malo is only 2 1/2 hours away. Nantes airport, which has a good selection of car rental agencies, is a mere 40 minutes away making the château an ideal location for those planning either a short break or a longer holiday.


The small town of Villedieu is less than 5 minutes away, and has a bank, post office, ATM, pharmacy, supermarket, bakery and petrol.

The larger town of St Macaire is 10 minutes away and has a greater variety of the same facilities.

One of France's top tourist destinations, Puy de Fou, is about half an hour away. The beautiful town of Clisson is half an hour, and Nantes, Angers and Saumur are all good places to visit for the day, offering a mix of châteaux, abbeys, churches and wineries etc.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday chateau / country house in Saint-Philbert-en-Mauges, Pays de la Loire

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Summer holidays
8 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2 Sep 2017 - 15 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
16 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit £1,000

Booking Notes:
Book directly with us, over the phone, or via our website www.loirevalleychateau.com. We accept credit cards, or you can pay via online banking. A non refundable 30% deposit required upon booking, with the remainder due 8 weeks before arrival.
There is a refundable security deposit of £1000, due 8 weeks before arrival.
Please call us and we will be very happy to discuss your requirements.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Saturday and is rarely flexible, though please do ask! Arrival time is from 4pm and departure time is 10 am.

Notes on prices:
Prices include pool heating, linen and bath towels, end of stay cleaning.
A separate refundable security deposit of £1000 will be due 8 weeks before the start of your holiday.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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