In 2013, Chateau de Jalesnes was rescued by its current owners and saved from an impending downward spiral of neglect. This 17th century moated jewel of the Loire Valley has since been restored to the splendor of it’s former times after undergoing three years of extensive renovations. In 2016, Chateau de Jalesnes re-opened after being converted into a luxury destination venue complete with 5-star accommodations, a chapel, ornamental gardens, swimming pool and 18 suites, privately owned by shareholders and rented out as 5-star hotel suites, complete with full kitchens and luxurious baths.
Our history is incredibly interesting. ( see: https://chateaudejalesnes.com/chateau/history/ ) In a nutshell, in 1189, Jacquelin Jalesnes displayed incredible bravery as a Knight Templar in a battle against the Turks in the Holy Land, and the Jalesnes family were Knights of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem for several hundred years. The Chateau was originally a feudal castle, but in 1610, the current Chateau de Jalesnes was built. In 1634, Charles de Jalesnes was promoted to Marquis by Louis XIII in recognition of his loyalty to the king. After the death of Charles de Jalesnes and his wife, the sister-in-law of Cardinal Richelieu, the chateau was passed down generationally.
During the French Revolution, the villagers stood loyal to the descendants who lived in the Chateau de Jalesnes and prevented the revolutionaries from killing the Marquis. However, the house was burned down.
In 1879 the grand staircase was added to the restored house in honor of the visit of the Prince of Spain. In 1886, the Ackerman family, wine merchants from Saumur, purchased the estate. Later his daughter transformed the Chateau de Jalesnes into a convent school.
During WW2, the Chateau de Jalesnes became the headquarters of the German 1st Calvary Division. The lands were sold off to various farmers and in 2013, the chateau was purchased by its current founders, the Savage family from Australia, along with their English partners, Michael Halpin and Jonathan Cooke, It was fully restored to 5-star French standards. Many additional shareholders invested in the property and it opened its doors for a fully operating Condominium Hotel in 2016. We do not have a restaurant, but we partner with a Michelin Star chef who makes private dinners for guests on request. Please visit our website at: http://www.chateaudejalesnes.com
One enters the property through a locking gate. We boast 27 hectares of gorgeous woods with lots of walking paths, a turret and a grotto, where many brides like to stage their marriage vows.
On entrance to the chateau, a grand terrace graces the front of the building. The exterior of the building was restored to historic standards, and the interior of the chateau has been renovated to fully modern standards, keeping as many historic features of the original building as is practical. In addition to overnight hotel guests, we are host to many weddings and other events, such as the Aston-Martin corporate annual party and car promotional event.
On entering the building, a grand marble lobby and music salon with paintings, Persian rugs, porcelains and a piano awaits guests. This original grand marble staircase is a favorite for weddings. The brides like to make their entrance down the glamorous staircase amongst paintings and porcelains. A stunning crystal chandelier is visible in the dining hall. Three galleries lined with reproduction paintings and a grand marble hallway lead to the wine celler and the stunning private chapel. The chapel is graced with original stained-glass windows as well as porcelain statuettes and original Renaissance – era paintings.
The back of the Chateau de Jalesnes is a formal geometric garden complete with herb garden and orchard. Many walkways lead to the heated swimming pool and bar bq area. We offer lots of bicycles for riding and picnic baskets for lunches, as well as a small rental car for picnicking. Other things to do in the Loire Valley are wine tasting at the numerous excellent small vineyards in the area. Additionally, guests enjoy kayaking or site-seeing boats on the Loire River, ballooning over the valley, visiting the numerous historic sites and chateaux, dining at the numerous farm-to-table restaurants and the Michelin-Star Chef’s restaurants, and watching the famous horse shows at the Cadre Noir, the training facility for the French Cavalry. Many people enjoy the Mushroom Museum, the Abbey Fontevraud where Elinor of Aquitaine and her son, Richard the Lion-Hearted are buried, the famous Chateau d’Angers which houses the oldest tapestry in the world, the Apocalypse Tapestry which depicts the Book of Revelation. Angers is an elegant city, an hour’s drive from Chateau de Jalesnes with world class shopping, as is the historic city of Tours.
Each private hotel suite in the Chateau de Jalesnes is named after a historic person who occupied the chateau and each is fully furnished to its own character and decor with full kitchens, washer/dryers, and elaborate bathrooms with roomy showers and footed bathtubs. One of the children’s favorite suites is the “Clock Tower” which sports 2 bedrooms and a winding staircase. The comfortable chateau library is a favorite of hotel guests. It is filled with comfortable leather sofas, lots of porcelains, rugs, pictures and shelves of books to enjoy in many languages. Enjoying a glass of wine in the library or on the terrace is a favorite of many people who stay there, and our guests have given us rave reviews on Trip Advisor, for which we are most grateful.
In short, visitors to the Chateau de Jalesnes can stay in 5-star modern luxury within the walls of a historic chateau in the heart of the Touraine and Saumur wine regions with the best farm to table food in France. The prices in the area are very reasonable compared to other regions in the country. The large town of Saumur is a 20 minute drive, and the small village of Vernantes is a 5 minute drive (or 10 minute walk) from the chateau. In Saumur, one can find many restaurants, shops of all kinds, as well as the famous French Cavalry School with its famous horse shows. Additionally, many vineyards have excellent tasting houses and tours of their facilities. Each Saturday, there is an elaborate farmers market with excellent fresh food in the town square. The famous Chateau de Saumur sits atop the hill overlooking the Loire River and the historic towns of Chinon, where Joan d’Arc met the King of France to raise her army, as well as Tours, Angers, and Nantes are within easy driving distance from Chateau de Jalesnes.
In the summer there are many antique car shows in Saumur, and each Spring, the Astin – Martin corporation brings in lots of cars to the Chateau de Jalesnes lawn for its annual company event. The train from Charles de Gaulle Airport, as well as the express train from Paris, stop at the station in Le Mans, a scenic 70 minute drive from the chateau. One can rent a car at the Le Mans train station, in Paris or at the CDG airport, as well as in the town of Saumur.
Le Mans is the city which hosts the famous Moto Grand Prix car race. The Tour de France bicycle race starts in the Loire Valley, and bicycling through the Loire Valley is a very popular sport.
The large city of Nantes is 1.5 hours from Chateau de Jalesnes. It has an excellent regional airport with rental cars. Nantes is an interesting city to explore. It has many museums and art galleries, such as the innovative Jules Verne’s Museum, and the Museum of Animation. Nantes lies at the mouth of the Loire River where the river meets the Atlantic Ocean. The close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean means there is lots and lots of available fresh seafood in our area, as well as a local white fish enjoyed on many menus from the Loire River, a pike fish called “sandre.” Duck is a favorite as well, as is very fresh local beef, pork, poultry, vegetables and thousands of varieties of mushrooms, which grow in the limestone caves which line the Loire River. These caves have been used for centuries for wine storage. Some innovative people have built homes into the caves called “troglodyte homes.”
We hope all of you visit Chateau de Jalesnes, an easy drive or train ride from Charles de Gaulle Airport. The express luxury train from Le Mans to Paris Mont Parnasse station takes only 56 minutes. Many guests take trips into Paris, before, after or during their stay at Chateau de jalesnes. There is never a shortage of exciting and interesting things to do in the area and the Chateau de jalesnes is an oasis of comfort, beauty and hospitality. Your home away from home.
Please view our website for further information as well as investment opportunities. Our chateau was awarded “Most Innovative Investment in Europe” in 2016 by a London Real Estate Publication, and has been featured on the popular London TV show, “Escape to the Chateau: DIY.”