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Large Restored Chateau, Large Heated Pool, Panoramic Views, Close To Market Town



Updated: 21-Jun-2017
  • Sleeps 12
  • 8 Bedrooms
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

About the property

Chateau in Ingrandes, Indre-et-Loire, Loire Valley, Centre, France

Chateau La Taupanne, available for exclusive self-catering use, sits in 26 acres of private park and forest. It retains its original features and was recently restored in an uncluttered style with a mixture of antique and vintage finds. The 8 bedrooms are unusually served by 6 bathrooms and 2 further WC's. 5 reception rooms include a comfortable salon with wide-screen TV and English free-view channels, Wii and DVD library, a large dining room seating 12, a quiet reading room, and a billiard room with full sized antique snooker table that the men seem to disappear into after dinner! The grounds are wonderful including a 12m x 6m heated pool-with-a-panoramic-view, hard pool cover to safeguard kids and good sized steps into teh pool for toddlers to sit on. Neat rather than perfectly manicured the grounds are an oasis of tranquility, whether exploring the pathways in the woods or drinking in the 180 degree view from the BBQ terrace with a drink in hand. Between Tours and Poitiers, ideal for day trips to Loire Chateaux and vineyards, Puy du Fou or Futuroscope theme parks. Paris 1hr 15 by TGV for sightseeing, shopping or Disneyland.

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About the Owner

Joanna Tinworth
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
21 June, 2017

About Joanna Tinworth

My obsession with beautiful old houses and work as a freelance curator and architectural historian prompted me to buy La Taupanne. Virtually untouched since 1946, when I saw it in 2004 it was in a sorry state, my husband thought I was mad! But it had 8 bedrooms, all the fabulous proportions and original features that you see today now with the sensitive addition of 6 bathrooms, a modern kitchen and a heated pool. We have loved renovating it: even the solid 24 hours spent chipping the only modern tiles in the place up to reveal an historic mosaic floor! The house and grounds are beautiful now. However busy lives mean that we can't be there as often as we would like, so we are renting it in order to fund further landscaping to the garden and forest, and in time a new gravel driveway.

Joanna Tinworth purchased this chateau / country house in 2004

8 Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(8 traveller reviews)


Superb family holiday

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Taupanne for a week in September 2014, looking for a venue for our family holiday in 2016. It was absolutely perfect. Two daughters, two son-in-laws and 4 granddaughters (6, 3, 3 and 10 months) all had the most amazing time. The chateau is so family friendly catering for ALL ages. Plenty of space for everyone to do their own thing whilst lots of areas for family gathering together. Easy shopping in Chatelleraut and Ingrandes provides boulangerie, alimentation and boucherie (and the thrill of standing on the bridge when the TGV hurtles through). Jackie was quick to answer any queries and sort out any little problems (of which there were few). Family stayed 12 days, we equally enjoyed our peaceful week, a deux. Well equipped, clean, superb pool, wonderful outdoor space; not to be missed.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the lovely review and for leaving the house in such great condition. Repeat guests are lovely and always benefit from a 10% discount, so please do feel free to book again! I'm SO pleased that the three week holiday and birthday / retirement celebrations went well and you all had a great time, it's a brilliant chateau for extended families and we love it and just don't get there enough ourselves. many thanks and kind regards, Jo.
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Beautiful property - perfect family holiday.

  • 5 of 5

Booked to celebrate my 40th and Mums 60th. Family all made own way there from various France and UK. Beautiful property with loads to do for all ages and interests - great for families, ate alfresco everyday and watched amazing sunsets, electric storms and hot air balloons. Jo and Denise housekeeper couldnt have been more helpful. Highly recommend.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 7, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad it was a good holiday and that the birthday celebrations went well. Many thanks for the kind comments, and should you want an excuse to come back, well before the 50th birthday celebrations, please note that we offer a 10% reduction for repeat bookings! Best, Jo
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Perfect for large families

  • 5 of 5

The chateau was perfect for our extended family - we had 26 people through the door over our two weeks, adults the first week and children and grandchildren the second. No-one got in anyone's way; there is plenty of space for being sociable or retiring. The billiards room was not used in daylight hours - just for silly games after supper! The play room was wonderful for the small people and the cricket net was a boon for the older boys, sons, sons-in-law and grandsons, although the bowlers amongst us thought it could have been a bit longer! The woods were perfect for the bigger boys to get lost in, the adults to nature watch (and complain about insects!) and the pool was ideal for EVERYONE! The kitchen was big enough for the cooks not to fall over each other - we had at least one professional in our party - and while the barbecue was slightly idiosyncratic, supper happened outside on all fourteen nights. The bonus for the adult contingent was having farming under our noses - we had at least four farmers at any one time, some of whom were quite keen to give the Frenchmen the benefit of their expertise- luckily their French was not up to it! The sun shone every day and we had a typically splendid thunderstorm. The Aigle factory shop ten minutes away was stripped bare - the cars all groaned with cheap boots and coats on the way home! All in all, a really memorable 70th birthday celebration - roll on the next one!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 30, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so pleased that you had a great time at the chateau and that all the facilities were used. With so many of us living in cities these days it is great to have the benefits of the pool, the woods, and the games field literally on the doorstep, with both great views and privacy to boot. I am sorry if the cricket net was a bit short: a tree landed on the end piece of it and boke it so we had to take it down. We had it shipped from the UK (and set up by rural Frenchmen to whom I could not, with my French explain successfully what it was for!) and so buying an extension would, I think be quite hard wthout replacing the whole. But I am glad that you had a good time, we always want people to enjoy their holidays at the chateau. P.S. we too raid the Aigle factory shop on an annual basis!
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Very pretty Chateau.

  • 5 of 5

Very peaceful with stunning views. Chateau well equipped with more than expected games, toys and equipment for children. All of the rooms very pretty and with loads of French style, scale and views. Well located for visits to local Chateaus and towns. Clean, beautifully restored and good value for money.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 8, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad that you had a good time and liked the chateau. We tried hard to create a playroom with extra toys this summer, added swings and a slide to the cricket and football nets on the games fieldas well as the new TV's with full English freeview channels and new comfy sofas, but without compromising all the original fittings and furnishings we have in the chateau. And thank you so much for leaving the chateau in such lovely condition. We would love to welcome you back if you want to explore the region further, or just chill by the pool, and offer a 10% discount for repeat guests. Again, many thanks, best, Jo.
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Looking forward to our 3 weeks in 2016

  • 5 of 5

Having searched for a place to take our family (6 adults, 4 children) my husband and I stayed for a week at La Taupanne. We were not disappointed and cannot wait to take everyone there! The chateau is perfection and so well equipped. The bedrooms are gorgeous and everyone will have their own space but no littlies will feel isolated. The grounds are marvellous with plenty of running around and playing games areas. The pool is, without doubt, one of the best rental pools in France. We did not stray much from the chateau but shopping was easy and the little bar tabac in Ingrandes provided a close (walkable) place for a cafe au lait. The view over the valley is very peaceful. We would highly recommend La Taupanne to anyone looking for a perfect venue for a family holiday. Thank you Jo and Denise.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 4, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the feedback and your repeat booking for 2016! When you come back you will find more toys in a dedicated playroom and a great swing and slide combo for the children on the games field alongside the trampoline, cricket net and football goals. Also new sofas, and a large television with English freeview channels if you can drag yourself away from the pool (though why would you!) and new furniture on the terrace to drink in that view from. Enjoy! All the best, Jo.
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A week of total relaxation

  • 5 of 5

The Chateau met all our expectations and more. Three generations (six adults and three children) took full advantage of everything that La Taupanne had to offer. The heated pool was a real bonus and the huge grounds offered lots of scope for using the many outdoor games provided. The well equipped kitchen meant that the chefs amongst us could really show of our culinary skills. The whole Chateau was beautifully clean and the beds were very comfortable. Thank you Joanne for letting us stay in your wonderful home.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 3, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Activity and Interests


Two local airports are served by low-cost airline 'Ryanair' making Chateau de la Taupanne easily accessible:

- Poitiers airport - 35 minutes

- Tours airport 1 hr

For guests who prefer to take the cross channel ferry the Chateau is within driving distance:

- Caen, approximately 3.5 hours drive

- Calais, approximately 5 hours drive


The best way to explore this wonderful part of France is by car and we recommend that you bring or hire one.

- Ingrandes (for fresh bread) is 1.5k, a 20 minute walk through the fields or 4 min drive

- Chatellerault (for the market on Thursdays and Saturdays, restaurants, shops, banks) is 6km, an 8-10 minute drive

Further Details:

The Loire Valley is known for its wine, castles and gastronomy, there are also kids attractions


We recommend 'The New France' wine guide to visit local and regional wine makers. Wine tasting can be enjoyed at Chinon, around 45 minutes drive, including great tasting great value wines from Charles Joguet or Bernard Baudry in Cravant-les-Coteaux. Further afield 2-3 vineyards in Sancerre or Pouilly-fume can be reached in a full day trip along beautiful scenic routes.


The ruined Castle at Chinon is picturesque and there are some typical brasseries in the market square of this quaint town. But the 'heavy hitting' Loire Chateaux are also within easy reach, Azay le Rideau is well worth a visit for its fabulous gardens, and Chambord and Chenonceau are a must: Blois and Amboise are also popular.


All gourmands will follow their noses - or their michelin guide - to great places to eat across the region. In Chatellerault, our local market town we would recommend 'La Gourmandine' offering indoor and outdoor fine dining in a grand 'belle époque' townhouse. Fixed price menus range from €25-€72 or you can eat a la carte, and an extensive wine list is available. We also like 'La Ferme St Jacques', a great rotisserie that serves 'farm fresh' meat and vegetables and great puddings in a rustic building. Finally there are plenty of cafes on the main square and market square to enjoy lunch or a coffee at when you go to explore the market on Thursday or Saturday.


You may want a kids day out. Futuroscope, one of the largest theme parks in France is less than 30 minutes away. It is indescribable - sort of Octonauts meets 2001 Space Odyssey with a dose of the Science & Natural History Museum thrown in: do check the website! Puy du fou, around 1hr 45 minutes away is a Disney-esque swashbuckling ride through French history from vikings to chateaux via the three musketeers with heaps of restaurants and awesome evening 'spectacle' shows, worth the drive.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
9 Apr 2017 - 7 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Season
8 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Low Season
2 Sep 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Christmas Holiday
23 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Low Season
6 Jan 2018 - 23 Mar 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
24 Mar 2018 - 6 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Season
7 Jul 2018 - 7 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Low Season
8 Sep 2018 - 21 Dec 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £825

Changeover Day:
- Saturday departures before 10.00 arrivals between 16.30 and 19.00.
- We have limited flexibility around these times but if they are an issue please contact us and we will do our best to accommodate you, particularly if you have small children.

Notes on prices:
- Linen & towels included
- Saturday departures before 10.00, arrivals 16.30 - 19.00.
- We have limited flexibility around these times but if they are an issue please contact us and we will do our best to accommodate you, particularly if you have small children.
- No pets
- No smoking
- We recommend that guests take out insurance against cancellation or accidental damage caused during your stay

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.
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Updated: 21-Jun-2017


Property Type

  • chateau / country house


  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room


  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural
  • town
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • gambling casinos
  • sight seeing

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • golf
  • swimming


  • Shower room 1 - Balcony Ensuite Shower - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 2 - Terrace Ensuite Bathroom - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Small ensuite bathroom, shower over bath, loo
  • Shower room 3 - Honey Ensuite Shower - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 4 - Park Bathroom - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Family bathroom with hose over for kids hairwashing and loo
  • Shower room 5 - Corner Ensuite Shower - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, The ensuite is shared between 2 bedrooms, great for families
  • Bathroom 6 - Butler's Ensuite Bathroom - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Small ensuite bathroom, shower over bath, loo


  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - Balcony Bedroom - King size bed - Ensuite shower and loo
  • Bedroom 2 - Terrace Bedroom - Double Bed - Small ensuite bathroom, shower over bath, loo
  • Bedroom 3 - Honey Room - Double Bed - Ensuite shower and loo
  • Bedroom 4 - Park Bedroom - Double Bed - Family bathroom & loo one step across corridor
  • Bedroom 5 - Corner Bedroom - Double Bed - Ensuite shower & loo (shared w Corner Dressing)
  • Bedroom 6 - Corner Dressing Room - Antique Childs Double Bed - Ensuite shower & loo (shared)
  • Bedroom 7 - Butler's Bedroom - Double Bed - Small ensuite bathroom, shower over bath, loo
  • Bedroom 8 - Maid's Bedroom - Room has sole use of WC on adjacent corridor up two steps


  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue


  • Self-catering

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only


  • Outside: Wonderful outdoor space. Lawns and barbecue terrace with table, chairs, and 180 degree panoramic view in front of the house, where you can sit for breakfast, lunch or dinner, or just take in the view. Utility Room: The utility room is conveniently located off the kitchen and contains: - Large 9kg washing machine - Tumble drier - Ironing board and iron - Drying rack next to the boiler - Large clothes lines available outside opposite the barn Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: - Bedlinen & towels included - Mid-stay clean possible at a charge - Guests should leave the property clean - Alternatively end of stay cleaning an additional charge