General Activities

Visits to local vineyards can be arranged for wine tasting, and dinners can be set with local restaurants and local residences (table d’hotes). Besides the many chateau and restaurants, you can visit charming Loire villages and cities. Hike through the vineyards, bicycle through back roads, or walk through one of the many open markets in numerous cities and villages nearby. Doué la Fontaine and Montreuil Bellay with hypermarches, castle, zoo, and other sites, are ten minutes away. Saumur, 20 minutes away, is the location of France’s national equestrian school with shows open to the public. Art museums are available throughout the area, the most unusual of which is a contemporary art museum in Oiron set in beautiful chateau to which Louis XIV banished his mistress, Madame Montespan. The largest cities nearby: Tours (just over an hour), Angers (45 minutes), Poitiers (1.5 hours), Nantes (2 hours), La Rochelle and the sea (2.3 hours). Other activities: Ballooning, Bird Watching, Boating, Boules, Canoeing, Cycling, Drawing and painting, Fishing, Flying, French tuition, Gourmet dining, Gym, Hiking, Kayaking, Parachuting, Photography, Rambling, Sailing, Sea excursions, Shopping, Swimming, Tennis, Theme parks. Futuroscope, France’s own them park, is 1 hour 45 minutes away. An underground mushroom museum is located in Sanzier, a nearby hameau of Le Puy Notre Dame.