Château d’Usse

Château d’Usse

To round off the week, there is the unmissable chance of a trip to the Château d’Usse, an edifice that might seem strangely familiar with  even if you have never previously visited the Loire Valley. This is probably via you  having read Sleeping Beauty for when...
Abbaye de Fonetevraud

Abbaye de Fonetevraud

After a morning in Saumur, the Abbaye de Fonetevraud near Chiron is within easy driving or cycling distance. Many, if not all, of the châteaux  in this region, need more than one visit to appreciate their sheer scale, no more so than   Fonetevraud. You could easily...
A visit to Saumur

A visit to Saumur

For any visitor with an acute interest in fine wines, matters equestrian or merely a desire to banish all memories of grey suburbs in the rain, a trip to Saumur will be essential. Surrounding the Medieval buildings are the famous wine cellars and vineyards from ...
Caves and Troglodyte village

Caves and Troglodyte village

Perhaps the most off-beat attraction of this region is the troglodyte village of Rochemenier that was  inhabited until as late as the 1930s. The original inhabitants created a community underground and you are still able to visit twenty rooms, an underground...
Château Brissac-Quince

Château Brissac-Quince

One of the most famous sights of Angers is the Château Brissac-Quince situated 20 km outside of the town. It is the tallest castle in all of France but those plain words cannot really convey the immensity of the ‘Giant of the Loire Valley’. There are 204 rooms spread...