Places To Visit Saumur

Sightseeing Saumur Cottages Gites with heated pool in the Loire valley

Holiday accommodation Saumur Wine tours of the loire valley France

" There are many places to visit in this area, and we particularly liked Montreuil Bellay and the brilliant zoo at Doue la Fontaine."

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Near Saumur. There is so much to see and do in this wonderful region of the Loire valley. The charming village of le Puy Notre Dame, noted for itsSunrise over the collegial church of Puy Notre Dame beautiful limestone houses and 13th century church, is just 2 miles away from our holiday cottages.  Here you will find a bakery for your baguettes and croissants, small supermarket, pharmacy, bar/tabac, wine bar and two excellent  village restaurants.

On the last weekend in July, is a quite unique, classic car "Grand Prix" race through the ancient streets . A marvellous and enjoyable spectacle. Please contact the owners for confirmation of dates for 2013.

Le Puy Notre Dame is a thriving wine growing region and the leading French commune for the production of AOC Saumur wines. Touring and visiting the vineyards for wine tasting is huge fun. Please request details of the current escorted wine tours, tastings and dinners run by the owners. Due to the the zoo at Doue la Fontaine, troglodyte environmentpopularity of the tours we recommend booking a tour on reservation of your holiday.

Five miles north of Manoir de Gourin is the bustling market town of Doue La Fontaine with shops, cafes and restaurants. The town is famous for its splendidly unusual Zoo, Zoo de Doue la Fontaine, where animals are housed in a troglodyte environment. Doue is also the main centre of rose production in France and is known as "the City of Roses". It hosts a Rose Festival every summer when local caves are majically transformed by elaborate and exquisite displays. Monday is market day when the town comes alive with roadside stalls sellingloire valley Chateau de Montreuil Bellay everything from fresh local produce to French berets!

The charming medieval town of Montreuil Bellay, has a fairytale Chateau, monthly antiques market, pretty squares and fortified walls. It is 6 miles to the east of us, very picturesque and offers interesting walks and a variety of places to eat. The river Thouet skirts the town with delightful picnic areas along the river banks. There is a rowing club where canoes or kayaks may be hired.

Just 15 miles north is the beautiful town of Saumur, on the banks of the majestic Loire. With its Chateau, fabulous limestone buildings, wealth of museums, art galleries, chic shops and gastronomic restaurants, including the Michelin starred Le  Gambetta, Saumur is a tourist hot spot. It is the national Equestrian Centre of France and home to the renowned Cadre Noir Loire valley Fortresse de ChinonRegiment. During the season the Cadre Noir present regular shows of outstanding horsemanship and offer guided tours of the school.

Throughout the summer months annual events are held to celebrate local produce and customs including Art, Music, Food and Wine Festivals. The superb Fete de Saumur Champigny, a wine and food evening in Saumur with music and dancing is normally held during the first week of August.

There is a Paragliding and Microlight Club close by for any enthusiasts out there.

The Plantagenet monarchs, Henry II and his wife Eleanor of Aquitane and their son Richard the Lionheart are buried at the impressively restored Fontevraud Abbey near Saumur. Close to the Abbey are the beautiful small towns of Candes Saint Martin and Montsoreau.

Chateaux of the Loire within comfortable driving distance of Manoir de Gourin.

Chinon Chateau is a museum dedicated to Joan of Arc. The town of Chinon is chic, with a lively square for a coffee or lunch. Lovely antiques market along the banks of the Vienne every third Sunday of the month.

Angers Chateau is renowned for its impressive tapestries. The city of Angers is not too big and parking is relatively easy. Visit the Gallerie Lafayette store too! 

Montsoreau Chateau, on the confluence of the rivers Loire and Vienne, near Fontevraud. The small town of Montsoreau comes alive on the second sunday of every month with the antiques market along the banks of the river. Sit at a pavement cafe and watch the world go by.

Villandry Chateau visit if only for the magnificent gardens.

Chateau de Breze has extensive underground rooms and is known as the Chateau under a Chateau.

Chateau de Saumur fabulous views over the Loire from the Chateau. It's the town museum and horse museum, housing ceramics, tapestries and all things horsey.

Chateau de Brissac near Angers is seven storeys high making it the tallest castle in France. It is still privately owned.

Chateau d'Oiron houses an interesting collection of contemporary art sculpture and curios.

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