In the depth of the valley of Kings, an UNESCO World Heritage site, you can also discover writers homes (including those of Ronsard, Balzac & Rabelais) abbeys, historical and artistic towns (such as Tours, Blois, Loches and Amboise), troglodyte cave-sites and the many lovely gardens of the Loire valley (like Chaumont sur Loire, Villandry, La Bourdaisière and the kitchen-garden of the Valmer chateau).
Nature lovers can indulge in their favourite pursuits such as fishing, hiking on the many trails and cycling on the "Loire on a bike" tracks. Fine gourmets will have an exceptional choice of local gastronomic specialities and good restaurants.
Our home is only 10 minutes away from the TGV high-speed train station at St Pierre des Corps and the nearest A10 motorway exit. The train journey to Paris takes only 55 minutes and, in 2 and ½ hours by car, you can be entering the capital. Tours centre is 15 minutes away and light aircraft owners will note that we are only 10 minutes away from Amboise Dierre aerodrome. We will be happy to help you plan your flights and share our knowledge of overflying the chateaux.
In the good weather, you can make yourselves at home on the sun terrace with sun-loungers or in the shaded garden where hammocks swing lazily between the trees. Or take a stroll round the kitchen garden with its chicken run. Tables and armchairs invite you to make your own picnic.
You will like the calm, the charm and the authenticity of the place.
The small village of Veretz nestles between the Cher river and the hillsides. It has resurrected its boating tradition thanks to an association call « The Sailors of Jean Bricau » after the name of the last waterman to operate in the village.
This association offers trips on the Cher in a traditional boat of the region, called a "futreau", anchored just in front of our house.
Not far away, the Veretz Chateau overlooks the Cher valley at the entrance to the village. During their trips in the region, famous personalities such as Madame de Sévigné, the Princess of Conti, the Abbot Grécourt and the young writer Voltaire, visited the chateau.
In 1816, the lampooner, Paul Louis Courier settled in the house called the Chavonnière belonging to a wine grower and, from here, he tormented the government with his biting criticisms until his mysterious death in the forest of Larcay.
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