• 19th Century French Castle in Loire Valley

    Escape to the Chateau de la Vigne in Loire Valley, France

    Luxury furnished self-catering countryside Chateau, with a swimming pool. Ideal for holidays, family reunions and large group celebrations.

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    Escape to the Chateau de la Vigne in Loire Valley, France
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    2020 Yoga Health Retreats

    Join me for a 4-night Yoga Retreat in the Loire Valley, France. I will be returning with my fabulous team in 2020 for the 6th year running with two retreats.

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    2020 Yoga Health Retreats


Welcome to Chateau de la Vigne

Luxury French Countryside Accommodation for families and large groups.
All the reasons to choose Chateau de la Vigne:

Perfect Choice

We provide facilities and activities to suit all ages & try to ensure that the grounds at Chateau de la Vigne provide a safe environment for all guests, allowing families to enjoy a peaceful holiday

A haven of peace and tranquility

Slow down and enjoy the simple pleasures in life – relaxing en famille, dining alfresco whilst time stands still!

Luxury accommodation

Our properties are fully furnished and well equipped, whilst retaining their original charm, with your home comforts and requirements in mind

Ideally Located

Nestled in the heart of the Loire valley, we are well located for the magnificent historic chateaux, the majestic river Loire and many local attractions

The Perfect Retreat Venue

Revive and Rejuvenate

Chateau de la Vigne is owned and run by nutritionist May Simpkin, who also runs yoga health retreats during the year at the chateau. This was featured in 2018 as part of series 2, Escape to the Chateau DIY (episodes 1819 & 20)!

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Escape to a beautiful location with comfortable accommodation, carefully considered food, organised exercise activities, good facilities and access to professional therapists, without any other distractions and the long lasting effect of a retreat can have a significant impact.

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We are well located for the magnificent historic chateaux, the majestic river Loire and many local attractions



What our guests are saying

Walker Famly

We couldn't have asked for more - a perfect place to have a perfect holiday!

Claire and family

Had a great family holiday, fun by the pool and playing 1-2-3 in the dark!

Duggan Family

A lovely relaxing holiday. This is a great place for the children to roam around. Much eating and drinking!

All of us from all over the world!

A wonderful holiday! Excellent facilities, especially pool, garden/grounds. Well equipped and wonderful for children. We really appreciated the space and different things to do. All in all a perfect holiday - would definitely like to return! Thank you!

The Picketts, Southhampton

A wonderful holiday! Excellent facilities, especially pool, garden/grounds. Well equipped and wonderful for children. We really appreciated the space and different things to do. All in all a perfect holiday - would definitely like to return! Thank you!

The Howards, Beds

What a fabulous setting for my 40th birthday! Had a great stay! Fell in love with Thierry! Thank you so much!

Prime family, Rugby

A lovely time - kids and grown ups all happy! Well stocked kitchen/toys etc.

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Château De La Vigne is a true gem of a place and gets 5 full starts from me! May is an absolute pleasure to deal with and has so much information about the area that she is delighted to share. The Château is so beautiful and homely and we loved everything about it. Long, sun-filled days by the pool, cycling around the Loire Valley (they have bicycles there to use), wine tasting at the near by Vinyard and proper chill out time - we really had such a fantastic holiday. We can't wait to return! Highly, highly highly recommended!!!
Juliet Lemon
Juliet Lemon
19:57 05 Jun 20
I stayed at the Chateau during a Yoga Retreat in June 2019; and I am going to book it again for 2020... never in my life I have booked the same holiday twice, but this Yoga retreat is different and I just can’t wait to join again! What is special to this retreat is a perfect combination of things I have never ever found elsewhere.What I mean is that usually yoga retreats are just about yoga, while cooking demonstrations are just about new recipes, or holidays in France are just about sightseeing ... so having a 4-night stay with 2 daily yoga classes + super delicious & healthy meals, cooking demonstrations packed with nutritional tips in an amazing French chateau ...all in one is definitely something I loved! Yoga and cooking are at a professional level, and yet with no non-sense or radical approach, and after experiencing the retreat I now understand what is “the May-way”! Doing things seriously but in a doable way, so that when you come home you feel you can keep doing the same things without making a revolution! And that was exactly my case!As an “occasional” yogi, I was afraid I might find people too expert for me and that I could feel a bit out-of-place, while what I had was an amazing yoga teacher who ran classes very professionally (no chit chat in class!) for people at all levels, but is the funniest and friendliest teacher ever out of the class! Finally ... May: she is such a great host, a chef and a nutritionist! As a healthy eater,l was looking for new recipes, but May... oh my, she’s given a lot more! Nutritional tips, new ideas and good motivation to keep up eating healthy! I have been to many cooking shows but what is special about May is that not only she cooks well but she adds nutritional tips that make you aware of what you are eating and why! She is so knowledgeable that you can literally ask her everything on nutrition! Yet she is so open to listen to other people’s way of doing things, never had the “I-know-it-all” approach... the which thing makes her even more adorable 😍 Then I loved cycling to the vineyards, reading in the garden, sunbathing by the pool, dining “al fresco”, and having the opportunity to meet a lovely group of new people🙏
Emma Genualdo
Emma Genualdo
20:09 03 Nov 19
I have just come back from a 4 day retreat lead by May which was both relaxing, informative and fun. May knows everything you might want to learn about nutrition and manages to convey it in a relaxed and fun manner along with lots of ideas for simple, time efficient recipes. She is brilliant at inspiring others to try and eat and cook in a more healthy way.Thank you. Charlotte Lloyd
Esme Madeline
Esme Madeline
11:56 23 Sep 19
Really inspiring few days away at May's Health and Yoga Retreat. It's a great way to kick start a new focus: making what you eat count. Great practical demonstrations, you can see exactly how easy it is to make nutritious meals, and then get to enjoy them too. May is a font of knowledge on nutrition with a real practical and approachable style that makes it fun. The yoga was excellent - pushing us all to test our capabilities, and realise improved posture and flexibility within a short period of time.
gill hynes
gill hynes
01:41 18 Sep 19
May is a mine of information on nutrition. She has a wonderful relaxed manner and is very approachable. I spent just 4 nights on one of her retreats in France and came away having eaten some tasty and nutritive rich meals which my digestive system gave thanks for. I came away with some new ideas for fabuous nutritious meals that look good and taste good, that my family and dinner guests would love.
Caroline Stoves
Caroline Stoves
19:52 17 Sep 19
We had a wonderful family vacation this summer staying in the coach house. The Chateau de la Vigne is perfect for all ages to enjoy time together. Our youngest family members (12 and 14) loved the freedom and space, pool,game room, ping pong and bikes. Our Yoga instructor was super excited to see the yoga studio. (Thank you May for encouraging us to check out your retreats!) My parents who are in their 80's loved having their family all in one space, eating together around the large kitchen table and in the courtyard. My favorite memory is after dinner boules competitions with a glass of rose in hand. The beauty of this place is added to due to the location and access to the treasures of the region.
Nicola Hale
Nicola Hale
12:44 08 Sep 19
Time stood still for the whole family for the five days we stayed at the chateau and we savoured every second! We felt immediately relaxed upon arrival at this very spacious authentic chateau and fell into a lovely holiday pattern of lounging around the pool and sampling the local wine and food in an oasis of calm. As a family of five there is always a need to have a breadth of activities planned for the kids. However, we didn’t think about leaving to go out once! We were there with another family and their kids and we all had loads of space and stuff to do for all ages. The grounds surrounding the house are secure for younger kids and substantial. All in all it gave everyone the space to holiday to their hearts content choosing from between: swimming pool; badminton court; pool room; table tennis room; yoga studio; bikes and library.I’d throughly recommend this as a family holiday for one or more families to escape the hustle and bustle and relax into having lunch at 4pm without even realising it.
David Thomas
David Thomas
19:10 10 Aug 19
We stayed here as part of a large group (there were 17 of us) split between the chateau and the coach house and it was just amazing how the whole place easily absorbed us all! We could sit around the dinner table in the evenings and eat together and of course there is the amazing (and large) pool which was immaculate. The table tennis table, the badminton grounds, the large grassed areas where we played football, were all just amazing. All the rooms were large to enormous and all had ensuite bathrooms. May & Roger were unbelievably helpful, providing so much information and furnishing every request before, during and even after our stay (I left two jackets there and they very, very nicely sent them to us in London!).We would thoroughly recommend staying here whether you're a small family or an entire hoard. It is so close to everything and yet you feel quite secluded.
Phil Johns
Phil Johns
17:16 16 Jun 18
Maureen Fagan
Maureen Fagan
15:52 04 Jun 18


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