Château de la Celle Guenand

La Celle Guenand, Indre-et-Loire
Bed & Breakfast

A jaw-dropping medieval castle and sprawling park – which is easy-going, family-friendly, great value. Tour the Loire and historic Loches


5 rooms


Rooms sleep 2 – 5


In the heart of an ancient and unspoilt Touraine village, four hectares of delightful walled park and a fairytale castle with pointy slate turrets that dates from 1442. It’s large but not palatial, grand but not ornate, and refreshingly unstuffy. Much is being updated (some bathrooms are still basic), everything is charming, and Stephen is putting all his energies into his new project. You get top mattresses on king-size beds, bedrooms with beautifully proportioned windows (cool conservative shades for the newest), quirky fabrics on the walls and delicious breakfasts served in the breakfast room which has a pretty square piano, or on the terrace in summer. Tuck in to local bread and honey, homemade jams (quince, apricot) and marmalade. After dinner: brocade sofas in faded reds, books to browse and a piano to play. Or take a turn round the garden to find a little wood, a magnificent 500-year-old cedar tree, an orchard, a potager, the remains of a grassy moat and a handsome old metal and glass greenhouse with original ornate shelving for house plants. All this, châteaux by the hatful, and the Brenne National Park.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • WiFi
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Wheelchair access
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Children over 6 welcome. Pets by arrangement.
Christmas, 1 October - 1 May.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Hosted dinner, 4 courses with wine, €48; children over 16, €30; under 16, €20. Restaurant in village.


Nightly price
from €120
4 Doubles
From €120
1 Family room for 5
From €160


Arriving late with a poorly 3 year old and tired 8 and 9 yr olds, we were greeted by Stephen's unflappable and impeccable hospitality. He broke off from cooking risotto for his other guests to show us to our gorgeous family rooms. Our daughter was in heaven floating up and down the spiral staircase. The children soon perked up enjoying the delightful rustic grounds, complete with caves to explore. Stephen's 2 gentle dogs were a pleasant distraction for the children. The surrounding countryside is delightful, quiet and pretty - worth a visit. A magical spot, and one night was not enough!


We stayed 5nights and the chateau is stunning. Stephen, our host, is welcoming and helpful. W stayed in room pic 6, large and with enormous bathroom. Croissants were best we had in France. Gites look beautiful; Stephen has good taste. We loved looking around chateau and grounds. Dinner at La Promenade was best meal we had in France! FYEO: suggest Stephen gets locks on doors (all he needs is one guest to misplace something and be accusatory and he has trouble); other B&Bs had electric jug in rooms, to make own tea and coffee - very useful.


Absolutely stunning place. We only spent one night but we were treated very well. The host spent at least an hour chatting to us on the terrace as the sun went down. The bedroom was beautiful, with fabric on the walls and gorgeous bedding. I was convinced the bed was a French antique but soon learned it was an equally expensive John Lewis! The local bar/post office was quaint and the owner taught us how to say 'same again'. . We ate at the local restaurant and the food was fine; breakfast was top notch too. This was a lovely stopover on the way to the Charente and we can't wait to stay again this year.


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Stephen Palluel

  • Within easy reach of the famous chateaux, gardens and vineyards of the Loire Valley.
  • La Promenade - noteworthy Michelin rated restaurant a short drive (3km). Inventive food. Excellent wine list. Highly recommended.
  • The medieval town of Loches is nearby (20 mins). Visit the Royal Lodge and Dungeons, or browse the town market every Wednesday and Saturday morning.
  • Brenne Nature Park is good for cycling, walking and bird watching (30km).
  • Angle sur l'Anglin has been voted one of the most beautiful villages in France (34km).
  • The largest zoo in France, Haute-Touche, is less than 30 mins drive. Discover 1,000 animals from 5 continents. Natural, peaceful and authentic.