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Our Loire Valley Coups de Coeur

Historic towns & chateaux
Montrésor is classed among France's most beautiful villages. The chateau is owned by an aristocratic Polish family, descendants of Count Xavier Branicki, who fled here in the mid 19th century amidst political upheaval. A friend of "Roi des Français", Louis-Philippe and founder of Credit Foncier bank, Branicki restored the Renaissance chateau and neighboring Abbatial church. The Polish nobleman brought along a formidable art collection, featuring important Italian primitive, Winterhalter and heroic Polish paintings and a collection of royal vermeil and silver. The chateau's ambiance has evolved little from its Romantic period heyday. Several streets in the town are named after Polish aristocrats and many of the residents are descendants of successive diaspora - the most recent being the communist takeover of the country following the Second World War. It is a pilgrimage destination for Polish tourists.
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Château de Montrésor
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Montrésor is classed among France's most beautiful villages. The chateau is owned by an aristocratic Polish family, descendants of Count Xavier Branicki, who fled here in the mid 19th century amidst political upheaval. A friend of "Roi des Français", Louis-Philippe and founder of Credit Foncier bank, Branicki restored the Renaissance chateau and neighboring Abbatial church. The Polish nobleman brought along a formidable art collection, featuring important Italian primitive, Winterhalter and heroic Polish paintings and a collection of royal vermeil and silver. The chateau's ambiance has evolved little from its Romantic period heyday. Several streets in the town are named after Polish aristocrats and many of the residents are descendants of successive diaspora - the most recent being the communist takeover of the country following the Second World War. It is a pilgrimage destination for Polish tourists.
Large painting of Pieta by French early renaissance master Jean Fouquet is a national treasure coveted by the Louvre.
Nouans-les-Fontaines
Large painting of Pieta by French early renaissance master Jean Fouquet is a national treasure coveted by the Louvre.
Capital of Southern Touraine. Medieval citadel replete with ramparts, donjon, Renaissance château & Romanesque church. Lively market Sat & Wed. Shops, restaurants, cafes, spa and aquatic center.
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Château de Loches
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Capital of Southern Touraine. Medieval citadel replete with ramparts, donjon, Renaissance château & Romanesque church. Lively market Sat & Wed. Shops, restaurants, cafes, spa and aquatic center.
Dramatic walled former monastery built by Henry Plantagenet to atone for the murder of Thomas a Becket.
Chartreuse du Liget
Dramatic walled former monastery built by Henry Plantagenet to atone for the murder of Thomas a Becket.
Most visited Chateau in France. Magical setting astride the Cher river, with 2 classic French gardens. Auberge du Bon Laboureur for dining. Hot air ballooning take off spot.
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Château de Chenonceau
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Most visited Chateau in France. Magical setting astride the Cher river, with 2 classic French gardens. Auberge du Bon Laboureur for dining. Hot air ballooning take off spot.
Exceptional terraced gardens and award winning Vouvray vineyard. Family run estate. Renowned botanist Alix de Saint Venant has created a vast potager and verger featuring heirloom plants.
Château de Valmer - Vins et Jardins
Exceptional terraced gardens and award winning Vouvray vineyard. Family run estate. Renowned botanist Alix de Saint Venant has created a vast potager and verger featuring heirloom plants.
Iconic chateau on cliff overlooking Loire River hosts internationally acclaimed annual garden festival and contemporary art program.
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Chaumont-sur-Loire
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Iconic chateau on cliff overlooking Loire River hosts internationally acclaimed annual garden festival and contemporary art program.
Not to be missed. Royal Chateau & Clos Lucé - where Leonardo da Vinci ended his days at the court of Francois 1er. Stop for pastry break at Bigot, stroll the narrow streets. Sunday morning market.
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Amboise
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Not to be missed. Royal Chateau & Clos Lucé - where Leonardo da Vinci ended his days at the court of Francois 1er. Stop for pastry break at Bigot, stroll the narrow streets. Sunday morning market.
Architectural masterpiece. Hunting estate of Francois I. Features Leonardo's double helix staircase. Unforgettable vista approaching through surrounding forest. Close to Blois & Cheverny.
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Château de Chambord
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Architectural masterpiece. Hunting estate of Francois I. Features Leonardo's double helix staircase. Unforgettable vista approaching through surrounding forest. Close to Blois & Cheverny.
The childhood home of Francois 1er and where the king invited Leonardo da Vinci to live. He died here in 1519 and is buried in a small chapel on the terrace of the Chateau of Amboise. Clos Lucé has scale reproductions of Leonardo's many inventions, created by IBM engineers.
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Château du Clos Lucé
2 Rue du Clos Lucé
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The childhood home of Francois 1er and where the king invited Leonardo da Vinci to live. He died here in 1519 and is buried in a small chapel on the terrace of the Chateau of Amboise. Clos Lucé has scale reproductions of Leonardo's many inventions, created by IBM engineers.
Frescoes in the crypt of village church adjacent to the chateau. Great cheese shop. A charming small town on Cher River close to Zoo Parc de Beauval. Saturday morning market.
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Saint-Aignan
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Frescoes in the crypt of village church adjacent to the chateau. Great cheese shop. A charming small town on Cher River close to Zoo Parc de Beauval. Saturday morning market.
The chateau is the former home of Talleyrand. Valencay is synonymous with its tall, flat-topped four-sided goat cheese and eponymous AOC red wine.
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Château de Valençay
2 Rue de Blois
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The chateau is the former home of Talleyrand. Valencay is synonymous with its tall, flat-topped four-sided goat cheese and eponymous AOC red wine.
Magnificent setting on a hilltop surrounded by forest. Historic family chateau, handsomely furnished with adjoining museum of the Huntsman. Meticulously maintained. Nature walk and child-friendly. !5 minute drive from Orbigny
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Château de Montpoupon
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Magnificent setting on a hilltop surrounded by forest. Historic family chateau, handsomely furnished with adjoining museum of the Huntsman. Meticulously maintained. Nature walk and child-friendly. !5 minute drive from Orbigny
Family Activities
Rated 4th among the world's top 10 zoos, this private zoo is committed to the protection of endangered species. The ever-expanding enterprise features over 5000 animals - including koalas, tigers, giraffes, kangaroos, giant pandas, white lions & opakis. Many roam in recreations of their savannah natural habitat.
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ZooParc de Beauval
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Rated 4th among the world's top 10 zoos, this private zoo is committed to the protection of endangered species. The ever-expanding enterprise features over 5000 animals - including koalas, tigers, giraffes, kangaroos, giant pandas, white lions & opakis. Many roam in recreations of their savannah natural habitat.
Something for everyone: Classic, beautifully furnished Loire chateau with gardens, hunt dog kennels & museum devoted to legendary bande dessiné character Tintin & his creator Hergé. Family owned.
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Château de Cheverny
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Something for everyone: Classic, beautifully furnished Loire chateau with gardens, hunt dog kennels & museum devoted to legendary bande dessiné character Tintin & his creator Hergé. Family owned.
Includes a state of the art outdoor natural swimming pool
Parc Aquatique Naturéo
1 Rue des Lys
Includes a state of the art outdoor natural swimming pool
New aquatic center. Located next to a sand beach opposite the town of Montrichard on the Cher river. Paddle boats in season. Can take a sightseeing boat down river to view the Chateau of Chenoceau.
Val de Loisirs
13 Rue de la Plage
New aquatic center. Located next to a sand beach opposite the town of Montrichard on the Cher river. Paddle boats in season. Can take a sightseeing boat down river to view the Chateau of Chenoceau.
Clic'Lac Aventure
Eating Out
La Table de Beaumont, Beaumont Village Bistrot/Bar/Café 5-minute drive in direction of Montrésor. Opened spring of '19 by a professional chef with a long career in the east of France. Limited menu featuring fresh, good quality local produce. 3, rue de la Mairie Beaumont-Village, Centre, France 37460 02 47 19 95 45 Open 7 days/week Hours 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Le Clos du Jeanne in Genillé, Moulin de Chaudé - lakeside in Chemillé, & Café de Montrésor in historic village center. Many choices in Loches, 20km distance.
Genillé
Le Clos du Jeanne in Genillé, Moulin de Chaudé - lakeside in Chemillé, & Café de Montrésor in historic village center. Many choices in Loches, 20km distance.
Cute creperie with a cozy ambiance. Take out available.
BARAPOM
17 Rue Xavier Branicki
Cute creperie with a cozy ambiance. Take out available.
Outdoor terrace overlooks lovely garden Adresse : 4 Place de l'Église, 37310 Chédigny Téléphone : 06 31 12 38 36
La Closerie Du Tilleul
Outdoor terrace overlooks lovely garden Adresse : 4 Place de l'Église, 37310 Chédigny Téléphone : 06 31 12 38 36
Book ahead, limited space & very popular. Adresse : 6 Grande Rue, 37600 Loches Téléphone : 02 47 19 85 32
Le P'tit Restau
6 Grande Rue
Book ahead, limited space & very popular. Adresse : 6 Grande Rue, 37600 Loches Téléphone : 02 47 19 85 32
Gastro-bistro in a restored historic building. Outdoor dining possible. Overlooks market square Adresse : 4 Place de la Marne, 37600 Loches Téléphone : 02 47 19 71 79
Le Prosper
4 Place de la Marne
Gastro-bistro in a restored historic building. Outdoor dining possible. Overlooks market square Adresse : 4 Place de la Marne, 37600 Loches Téléphone : 02 47 19 71 79
Bistrot Hidden away on a pedestrian street leading up to chateau off Town Hall square. Popular with locals. Adresse : 4 Rue du Château, 37600 Loches Horaires : Fermé ⋅ Ouvre à 12:00 Téléphone : 02 47 94 05 70
L'Entracte
4 Rue du Château
Bistrot Hidden away on a pedestrian street leading up to chateau off Town Hall square. Popular with locals. Adresse : 4 Rue du Château, 37600 Loches Horaires : Fermé ⋅ Ouvre à 12:00 Téléphone : 02 47 94 05 70
The place to enjoy a beer, coffee or casual meal on the terrace beneath the chateau ramparts, before touring this charming town and strolling the banks of the Indrois and visiting the chateau or Abbatial renaissance church built in 1519.
Montrésor Café
The place to enjoy a beer, coffee or casual meal on the terrace beneath the chateau ramparts, before touring this charming town and strolling the banks of the Indrois and visiting the chateau or Abbatial renaissance church built in 1519.
Le Clos Aux Roses
2 Rue du Lavoir
A new gastronomic restaurant has taken over the former Gerbe d'Or. The interior has been updated along with the menu. A fixed price lunch offers good value. Lovely terrace in the shade of a Wisteria trellis.
Arbore & Sens
22 Rue Balzac
A new gastronomic restaurant has taken over the former Gerbe d'Or. The interior has been updated along with the menu. A fixed price lunch offers good value. Lovely terrace in the shade of a Wisteria trellis.
Food shopping
Fabulous cheese and specialty food shop with selection of local wines. Goat cheese producers and cheese affineurs.
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Atelier de curiosités fromagères Sarl la Maison Du Fromage
6 Place du Président Wilson
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Fabulous cheese and specialty food shop with selection of local wines. Goat cheese producers and cheese affineurs.
The best of local producers. Great butcher, cheese and dairy, organic produce, patés, foie gras, conserves, grains, oils, wine, juices and baked goods
Saveurs Lochoises
33 Route de Vauzelles
The best of local producers. Great butcher, cheese and dairy, organic produce, patés, foie gras, conserves, grains, oils, wine, juices and baked goods
Forests, Parks & Walks in Nature
Annual art & nature circuit meanders through the flood plains gardens and picturesque back streets of this historic gateway town to Loches. Artists are selected from in a juried competition and their work is integrated into the landscape and along the banks of the Indre river. The spire of the magnificent former Benedictine Abbey church - founded by Foulques Nerra upon his return from the crusades - was recently restored.
Beaulieu-lès-Loches
Annual art & nature circuit meanders through the flood plains gardens and picturesque back streets of this historic gateway town to Loches. Artists are selected from in a juried competition and their work is integrated into the landscape and along the banks of the Indre river. The spire of the magnificent former Benedictine Abbey church - founded by Foulques Nerra upon his return from the crusades - was recently restored.
Former Royal hunting grounds are now a public domain. A gorgeous shady destination for strolling, running or biking. Early morning or at dusk, you may spot a stag or roe deer amid the stately oak trees. Mushrooming in season. In winter there can be controlled shoots (area clearly indicated) and occasional stag hunts on a Saturday or Tuesday.
Forêt Domaniale de Loches
Former Royal hunting grounds are now a public domain. A gorgeous shady destination for strolling, running or biking. Early morning or at dusk, you may spot a stag or roe deer amid the stately oak trees. Mushrooming in season. In winter there can be controlled shoots (area clearly indicated) and occasional stag hunts on a Saturday or Tuesday.
Gardens
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Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire
478 Le Château
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The Renaissance gardens of Marie de Medici and Diane de Poitiers are complemented by a vast cottage and cut flower garden and recently created walled garden based on designs made in the 1950s by the legendary British landscape designer, Russell Page.
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Château de Chenonceau
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The Renaissance gardens of Marie de Medici and Diane de Poitiers are complemented by a vast cottage and cut flower garden and recently created walled garden based on designs made in the 1950s by the legendary British landscape designer, Russell Page.
Château de Valmer - Vins et Jardins
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Château Gaillard Amboise
29 Allée du Pont Moulin
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Plessis Sasnières Garden
3 Rue du Château
Extensive gardens and Arboretum.
Domaine de Poulaines
11 Rue du Château
Extensive gardens and Arboretum.
First French village to be awarded "remarkable garden" label for its exceptional plantings of roses and perennial flowers along its streets. Annual Rose Festival last weekend of May or early June. Clos aux Roses restaurant.
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Chédigny
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First French village to be awarded "remarkable garden" label for its exceptional plantings of roses and perennial flowers along its streets. Annual Rose Festival last weekend of May or early June. Clos aux Roses restaurant.
Wineries
Hervé Villemade - 97 Rue Moulin Neuf, 41120 Cellettes - Tél. : +33 2 54 70 41 76 Hervé Villemade’s domain is in the heart of the appellation Cheverny, on the left bank of the river Beuvron in Cellettes. It has 25 Ha spread over three communes: Cellettes, Chitenay and Fougères S/Bièvre. The entire vineyard is organic farming since 2000 for parcels of Cellettes and Chitenay, and since 2008 for parcels of Fougères s/ Bievre, exploited since that year. This vineyard work is followed by gentle vinification without inputs, except for a small dose of sulfur when bottling.
Villemade Hervé
97 Rue du Moulin Neuf
Hervé Villemade - 97 Rue Moulin Neuf, 41120 Cellettes - Tél. : +33 2 54 70 41 76 Hervé Villemade’s domain is in the heart of the appellation Cheverny, on the left bank of the river Beuvron in Cellettes. It has 25 Ha spread over three communes: Cellettes, Chitenay and Fougères S/Bièvre. The entire vineyard is organic farming since 2000 for parcels of Cellettes and Chitenay, and since 2008 for parcels of Fougères s/ Bievre, exploited since that year. This vineyard work is followed by gentle vinification without inputs, except for a small dose of sulfur when bottling.
AOC Cheverny - Vin naturel Adresse : 2 Voie de la Rue Colin, 41700 Cheverny Téléphone : 02 54 44 23 82
Tessier Philippe
2 Voie de la Rue Colin
AOC Cheverny - Vin naturel Adresse : 2 Voie de la Rue Colin, 41700 Cheverny Téléphone : 02 54 44 23 82
Adresse : 6 Route de Seur, 41120 Les Montils Téléphone : 02 54 44 05 16 Astride the Touraine and Cheverny PDOs, Le Clos du Tue-Bœuf produces wines of both designations. Every parcel with a specificity is vinified separately. Thus, each year, 10 vintages see the light of day from a parcel or a geological unit. Since 2003, Jean-Marie and Thierry Puzelat have also been producing vintages under the Vin de France (VDF) label, from standing grapes bought from organic winemakers from the Cher valley. These grapes produce generic wines (Le P’tit Blanc du Tue-Boeuf, Vin Rouge and Vin Rosé), which are to be drunk very young, when the fruit exrpesses itself.
Clos du Tue Bœuf
6 Route de Seur
Adresse : 6 Route de Seur, 41120 Les Montils Téléphone : 02 54 44 05 16 Astride the Touraine and Cheverny PDOs, Le Clos du Tue-Bœuf produces wines of both designations. Every parcel with a specificity is vinified separately. Thus, each year, 10 vintages see the light of day from a parcel or a geological unit. Since 2003, Jean-Marie and Thierry Puzelat have also been producing vintages under the Vin de France (VDF) label, from standing grapes bought from organic winemakers from the Cher valley. These grapes produce generic wines (Le P’tit Blanc du Tue-Boeuf, Vin Rouge and Vin Rosé), which are to be drunk very young, when the fruit exrpesses itself.
Domaine de la Girardière Sylvie LALIZEL 283 route de la Girardière 41110 St Aignan/Cher +33(0)2 54 75 42 44 Good value for money. Family vineyard close to ZooParc de Beauval. Open every day from 9 h to 19 h. Sunday by appointment from October to april.
FIELD OF Girardière
283 Route de la Girardière
Domaine de la Girardière Sylvie LALIZEL 283 route de la Girardière 41110 St Aignan/Cher +33(0)2 54 75 42 44 Good value for money. Family vineyard close to ZooParc de Beauval. Open every day from 9 h to 19 h. Sunday by appointment from October to april.
Recently located their tasting and sales operations to an historic cave in Montrichard. Highly rated Touraine wines.
Domaine Jean-François Mérieau
30 Route de la Vallée
Recently located their tasting and sales operations to an historic cave in Montrichard. Highly rated Touraine wines.
7 Rue Balzac, 37600 Loches Téléphone : 02 47 59 08 91 2019 Guide Petit Futé "Depuis 2005, Jean-Christophe Laplanche fait partie de ceux qui vous font aimer le vin juste en nous parlant. Ce passionné aime la terre, les vignerons qui la cultivent et la respectent. Les vins sélectionnés - car ce sont eux les stars - sont issus d'une viticulture saine dans le respect des sols et du végétal. On peut trouver par exemple des vins de chez Francois Chidaine, Fabrice Gasnier... Prendre du plaisir et avoir de l'émotion autour d'un bon vin avec des gens qu'on apprécie, c'est un peu ça la philosophie de cette agréable maison."
Les Flaveurs de la Terre
7 Rue Balzac
7 Rue Balzac, 37600 Loches Téléphone : 02 47 59 08 91 2019 Guide Petit Futé "Depuis 2005, Jean-Christophe Laplanche fait partie de ceux qui vous font aimer le vin juste en nous parlant. Ce passionné aime la terre, les vignerons qui la cultivent et la respectent. Les vins sélectionnés - car ce sont eux les stars - sont issus d'une viticulture saine dans le respect des sols et du végétal. On peut trouver par exemple des vins de chez Francois Chidaine, Fabrice Gasnier... Prendre du plaisir et avoir de l'émotion autour d'un bon vin avec des gens qu'on apprécie, c'est un peu ça la philosophie de cette agréable maison."
« La Chapinière vineyard » is the work of three generations of passionate winegrowers. But everything began in 2003, when my husband and l decided to buy the estate. La Chapinière is a dream come true. In the vines as well as in the cellar, from the work on the soil or on the grapes to the winemaking, our working philosophy remains the same: care, respect, learning, always questioning our choices and doing our utmost to avoid prejudices. After mature thought and to assert this philosophy, even more, we decided in 2009 to insert the association « Terra Vitis » which guarantees that we use an ecologically lasting wine-growing. It imposes rules and controls according to conditions of the Terra Vitis sustainable wine-growing and winemaking specifications, which evolves every year. Florence : contact@lachapiniere.com The domain is open from Easter to all Saints : Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday : 10 am to 7 pm Sunday : 10 am to 12 am During the winter, I'm open by appointment, contact me on my mobil +33 6 67 05 83 41
La Chapinière de Chateauvieux
4 Chemin de la Chapinière
« La Chapinière vineyard » is the work of three generations of passionate winegrowers. But everything began in 2003, when my husband and l decided to buy the estate. La Chapinière is a dream come true. In the vines as well as in the cellar, from the work on the soil or on the grapes to the winemaking, our working philosophy remains the same: care, respect, learning, always questioning our choices and doing our utmost to avoid prejudices. After mature thought and to assert this philosophy, even more, we decided in 2009 to insert the association « Terra Vitis » which guarantees that we use an ecologically lasting wine-growing. It imposes rules and controls according to conditions of the Terra Vitis sustainable wine-growing and winemaking specifications, which evolves every year. Florence : contact@lachapiniere.com The domain is open from Easter to all Saints : Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday : 10 am to 7 pm Sunday : 10 am to 12 am During the winter, I'm open by appointment, contact me on my mobil +33 6 67 05 83 41