What to See and Do
Where to start? Well, the big four chateaux
of Chaumont, Chambord, Cheverny and Chenonceau are high up
the agenda (15 to 30 minutes drive) along with one or two
less famous gems such as Troussay or Montpoupon.
But why not visit the Safari park at Beauval?
Go on a petit train ride to Valencay (castle and motor museum)
or explore the city of Blois for its medieval history and
panorama of the Loire river?
Are any of you lovers of beautiful gardens? Our nearest (3
kms) is at the Orchaise Abbey with over 7 acres and a rose
collection to match the best in Europe. The chateau at Chaumont
hosts a garden festival throughout the summer months and at
Valmer near Vouvray you will find a hidden attraction off
the beaten track with our personal introduction.
As for Local Events, let's start at Amboise,
the last home of Leonardo da Vinci – a fifteen minutes
drive along the Loire from Molineuf. It is a cultural centre
with music and arts to the fore. Then there is Blois which
rightly claims to be the royal city of the Renaissance with
its museums and theatre. Joan of Arc began her successful
campaign after being blessed by the Bishop of Reims in 1429
at the Chateau de Blois.
There are many local events from Spring to
Autumn and not least are the wine festivals, antique fairs,
outdoor music performances and sound and light shows. Just
ask us for suggestions when you arrive.