The Cher river :
Our house flirts with the river as you only have cross the quay to be on its banks and tease the gudgeon swimming by. Painters, photographers and nature lovers alike will delight in the changing reflections of mirrored water. We are on the hiking trail leading to Chenonceau Chateau that you can also reach by going up the river in a canoe or other type of boat.
In the valley of Kings and situated within 5 to 20 miles from our home, here are some of the principal chateaux you can discover :
> Château de Chenonceau
> Château Royal d'Amboise
> Le Clos Lucé
(final resting place of Leonardo da Vinci)
> Château de Montpoupon
> Forteresse de Montbazon
> Château de Langeais
> Château de Chinon
> Chateau d’Azay le Rideau
> Château de Chaumont-sur-Loire
> Château de Loches
> Château de Villandry
> Châteaux de La Loire
> Château de Cheverny
(used a model for the fictional
Moulinsart chateau in the Tintin books)
> Château de Chambord
> Château de Blois
> Château d’Ussé
(Château de la Belle aux bois dormant)
> Château de Beauregard
> The homes of famous authors such as Ronsard, Rabelais and Balzac,….
> The town of Tours , an “Art and History” town will arouse your curiosity
> The gardens of Villandry, Chaumont sur Loire, the romanticism of the Chatonniere, the tomato museum at the Bourdaisiere chateau, the roses at Saint Comes, the parks of the Chenonceau and Amboise chateaux
> And the forests of the Kings of France so valued for hunting in which you can stroll about in all seasons, particularly in the autumn with the impressive rutting of the stags.
Within 15 minutes our home, you can enjoy to your heart’s content many sporting activities :
> On land : Cycle tours horse-riding, golf, nature trips
> On the water : boats trips, canoë kayak, swimming, fishing
> In the air : The Dierre-Amboise Aero-club. We have private pilots’ licences and we would be happy to help private pilots plan their flights in the region. Viewing the chateaux from the air can be done by helicopter or hot-air balloon.
> Leisure Parks : Younger children won’t be left out with the “Family Park” at Saint Martin le Beau, the “Lulu Park” at Rochecorbon, the mini-chateaux Park at Amboise, the fresh-water aquarium of the Loire Valley at Lussualt sur Loire and the Beauval Zoo at Saint Aignan - with its baby Pandas
The Loire valley also has a reputation for its conviviality and its good food.
The Touraine, Montlouis, Vouvray or Chinon AOC wines (those that have a quality and origin label) are fruity wines that accompany the gastronomic local dishes such as “Poires tapées” (crushed pears) “rillons” (cracklings) and rillettes (potted mince) sandre (pikeperch) and other Loire fish, goat’s cheese, géline (black chicken) or truffles and mushrooms from the troglodyte caves.
Aux reflets du cher, maison d’hôte labellisée Gîte de France
Aux reflets du cher, maison d’hôte labellisée Val de Loire
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