Le Chat Courant

Villandry, Indre-et-Loire
Bed & Breakfast
+33 (0)2 47 50 06 94
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€85 - €195
per night

Learn about local lore, taste the wines, bliss out in the garden and enjoy the company of Éric and Cathy, warm, humorous and talented hosts


3 rooms


Rooms sleep 2 – 5

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

€85 - €195 per night

The Experience

A handsome 18th-century family house on the river Cher just opposite Villandry and with its own lovely garden (whose birdsong drowns out occasional train noise). Bedrooms are pretty and stylish: the double in the converted cottage opens to the swimming pool, the suite in the main house has fine antique furniture. Éric – who is also a keen photographer – has created garden enchantment here with old species of apple trees, a walled vegetable garden, a wisteria-clad pergola, a formal boxed flower garden, and a semi-wild garden beyond, all surrounded by woodland and pasture where the families’ horses peacefully graze.


  • Swimming pool
  • EV charger
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • 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
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


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


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



Nightly price
from €85
1 Family room for 5
From €120
1 Double
From €85


Booking information

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Other details
Minimum stay: 2 nights in high season (June to early September).
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Restaurant 5 minutes by car.


Garden lovers will enjoy the simple rooms and lovely garden of this family-run B&B on the banks of the river Cher, a short drive from the world-famous gardens of Villandry. The French owners are very friendly and welcoming and love to care for their guests.

Nicky, Sawday's Inspector

We had a really wonderful stay at Le Chat Courant. Eric and Kathy were so welcoming and we had many enjoyable conversations at the side of the pool and around the breakfast table (Eric - thank you for helping me to improve my French conversation!) Breakfast was superb with delicious jams made from the fruits of the orchard. The gardens were beautifully designed with many echoes of Villandry (on the opposite side of the river). Very much enjoyed meeting the cats, Tea Tea and Maddie, and also the characterful chickens. We will definitely return to Le Chat Courant and can highly recommend.

Donna, London

A warm welcome by Eric and Kathy at this lovely country home - beautiful gardens for a wander - stretch out in a lounge chair by the pool and listen to the birds sing - beds are comfortable and thoughtful touches in all the rooms - wonderful breakfast by the kitchen fireplace with home made jams and cafe au lait. Eric was very helpful with making dinner suggestions and reservations. We were a group of 5 adults and were well accommodated in the family suite and the pool house while touring a few chateaus. Even the chickens are friendly!

Robert, Wilmington, North Carolina, USA

After a couple of weeks of Airbnb’ing, it was a delight to be back in the welcoming embrace of Sawday hosts, especially these ones. Eric and his fiancée were beyond charming, the house, garden and setting were as beautiful as promised, the pool was available at all hours. We’ve never been made to feel so much at home - a glass of wine in the garden turned into a whole afternoon of lively conversation with our hosts and fellow guests; breakfast on our final morning (extra-early so we could get to Calais on time) included a new jar of Nutella bought especially for our youngest. Pure delight.

Rachel, Guildford

We stayed with Eric in July and it was a delight to be welcomed into his home. The gardens and pool and beautiful and Eric is such a hospitable host. The homemade jams are lovely and the children enjoyed watching Eric's collection of lovebirds.

Clare, Windsor

Beautiful B&B, full of charm, rustic, good price, secure parking, dog friendly, very comfortable, delicious breakfast. Eric, our host was extremely kind. He booked us a table for dinner at a nearby restaurant, l'Etape Gourande, amazing place too. I wouldn't hesitate to stay here again, it was so charming.

Olivia, Madrid

We have stayed overnight at Le Chat Courant for the past four years and each time we have had a wonderful welcome from Eric who has taken every care of us. The accommodation is very comfortable and very suited to our needs as it is on the ground floor and we take our Labrador with us each time. His breakfasts are delicious with fresh bakery and an imaginative array of his homemade jams. His garden is superb with beautiful planting, landscaping and a very refreshing swimming pool. We look forward to our stay each time we travel down to Spain.

Maggie, Winchester

A very relaxed start to our holiday. Eric made us feel part of his family - nothing was too much trouble and we enjoyed learning about the history of his attractive home as well as sampling wine from his extensive cellar!


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Éric Gaudouin

  • A typical Tours house, made of freestone dating from the start of the XIX Century.
  • On the edge of the Cher, across from the Château de Villandry
  • Where the Cher and the Loire meet.
  • Area classified as a global Unesco treasure.
  • Entrance to the Parc Naturel Régional Loire Anjou Touraine
  • Incredible garden, according to Guest and Garden.