Château du Bellay

Château du Bellay

Château du Bellay is a 19th century castle, with some buildings dating back to 16th century. Built of Tufa stone, the warm white stone is characteristic of the Loire Valley and its famous castles. Château du Bellay is available to rent both in winter and summer, for a week or weekend holiday. It offers a splendid view of the castle of Saumur from the private canal of the property. The castle and its guesthouse may accommodate 18 people in its 9 bedrooms. 20 people can be accepted if there are at least 2 children, as the castle offers a bedroom for children only which adjoins the “Oiseaux” bedrooms.

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Located in the commune of Allonnes, north of the Loire, château du Bellay got its name from the great poet Joachim du Bellay, a close friend of King François the 1st, from 1522-1560. The castle has been ranked by the French Ministry of Culture on the “Monuments Historiques” list. It has been lovingly renovated over the years by the owners in accordance with its listed status. The Tufa stone castle and its Italian Peristyle, bearing the mark of 19th century neoclassical architects, welcome you with its soft creamy light. The alley of lime and chestnut trees leads you up to the heated swimming pool under the arches of the former Orangery. Enjoy an aperitif at sunset after spending a day relaxing by the pool in the quiet of your private grounds.  The West facing terrace has a beautiful view of the castle of Saumur and the domain canal.

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Principal living and reception rooms

Opening the door of the castle, you are bathed in the soft light of the entry hall which is adjacent to the beautiful round lounge painted in pastel blue, reminiscent of lounges from the 18th century. There are two lounges on this floor, the second lounge is square, grounded by a working fireplace. This lounge is a cozy place to gather with friends and family for morning hot chocolate or evening games. In addition to the salons, there is the dining room.

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Our bedrooms

The castle offers 8 rooms decorated with taste and refinement. The windows of the bedrooms have been particularly well designed to deliver beautiful daylight in all the rooms. The “chambre des oiseaux”, with its small room for children is the ideal place for a couple with young children . The château can accommodate up to 20 people if there are 2 children in addition to a party of 18. The turquoise room is the most comfortable room with its spacious private bathroom. An apartment of 80M2 is also at your disposal, it can accommodate a family of 4 people, or two couples. The living room has a sofa bed for 2 people and a room with two twins beds, a bathroom, a separate toilet and a small kitchen.

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Our Rates

The property is for rent in its entirety by a single group. You have the use of the whole castle (14-16 people), of the 80 M2 apartment of the guesthouse (4 people), of the park and the swimming pool.

The rental tariff includes heating, water, electricity, garden maintenance and linen cleaning the chateau your stay. Sheets and towels are provided and bed are made upon arrival. 

It does not include the “taxe de séjour”.
Deposit : 2000 €.

Season Stay
Low season
From the 11th of November to Easter (except Christmas and New Year's Eve) Weekend 3 days/ 2 nights   3000 €
Week 7 days/ 7 nights   4400 €
Mid season
From Easter to June 30th and from the 1st September to November 11th Weekend 3 days/ 2 nights   3600 €
Week 7 days/ 7 nights   5800 €
High season
From July 15th to August 31st No weekend proposed    
Week 7 days/ 7 nights   6800 €
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At the heart of the family du Bellay, the castle got its name from the illustrious 16th century poet Joachim du Bellay, his poems are part of the French literary patrimony. Château du Bellay is a property registered by the French Ministry of Culture on the “Monuments historiques” list, it has been owned by the same family for the last 150 years.

The property consists of two buildings, the first was formerly a hunting lodge built in the Renaissance ages, the second was built by the architect François-Leonard Seheult in the beginning of the 19th century. Seheult was a French neo-classical architect, forerunner of the Italian rustic style in France.

With East-West exposure, this lovely castle is surrounded by a 3 hectares of private property on the top of a hill with a splendid view of the town Saumur and its castle. The heated pool has been located in a unique setting, under the arches of a former Orangery. In addition, you have an direct access to your private forest for walks or jogging.

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Château Lifestyle

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Activities around

The Loire Valley enjoys a worldwide cultural, gastronomic and historical reputation. Many royal castles are located in this region, where kings and queens invited the most famous artists of their times : Amboise (King François the 1st), Clos Lucé (Leonard de Vinci), Angers (cradle of the Plantagenet dynasty), Blois (where Duke of Guise was murdered on King Henri III’s request), Chambord (King François the 1st)Chenonceau (Queen Louise de Lorraine, Catherine de Médicis…), Loches (King Louis XI), Saumur (king Henri IV, Joachim du Bellay)…in fact, more than 2500 castles, big and small are located in this area. It accounts for the Loire Valley being ranked on the Unesco “World Mankind Patrimony” list.

The town of Saumur is especially well known for its Ecole Royale de Cavalerie, which has become the French military horse riding school, known as “le Cadre Noir”. Since 1972, Saumur also hosts the National School of Horse Riding.

Each year, more than 10, 000 people will attend the carrouseldu cadre noir”.

Saumur is also located on the Eurovelo 6, a 3 653 kilometre long bicycle route traversing Europe from the Black Sea to the Atlantic Ocean. The region is perfect for joggers and cyclists (even outside of the Eurovelo), who can safely explore this beautiful area by foot or bike.

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Practical information

Adresse : 461, Route du Bellay, 49 650 Allonnes. France.

Acces :

15 minutes from Saumur and 5 minutes from highway A85

Area of ​​3 hectares with swimming-pool (11m x 5m)

Castle (8 bedrooms + 1 for children) :

Ground floor :

Salon rond bleu
Salon carré 
Dining room with table for 18 people
• Fully equiped kitchen
1 shower + 1 WC

1st Floor :

Round bedroom with double bed
Coraux bedroom with double bed 
Blue bedroom with 2 single beds for 2 children
1 bathroom with bath
1 bathroom with shower and toilet
1 independant toilet

2nd Floor :

Oiseaux bedroom with double bed
Adjoining children’s room with 2 single beds and 1 crib
Empire bedroom with one large bed
Rose bedroom with 2 single beds
Poisson bedroom with 1 simple bed
Turquoise bedroom with 1 double bed and private bathroom with toilet
2 separate bathrooms
1 separate toilet

Guest apartment (80m2 / 4 people) :

1 living-room with sofa bed for 2
1 small kitchen
1 room with 2 single beds
1 bathroom
1 toilet


Facilities :

Wifi Internet access
Leisure : table tennis, trampoline
Barbecue, flat grill plancha, pool loungers
2 cribs, 2 highchairs
Central heating
Kitchen equipment : dishwasher, washing-machine, oven, microwave, electric stove, Nespresso coffee maker
Table and chairs for 18 people in the château
Our team will be at your disposal for any question you may have.

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