La Petite Grange

Visit, see, do, eat, drink...

What's to do around here? Voici, some suggestions:

 

24 hour circuit in Le Mans - world famous venue, the museum is definitely worth a visit. Along with a myriad of other things to do and see in Le Mans.

 

If wine tasting is of interest to you we have lots of

vineyards right on our doorstep. And we're proud to say

we are affiliated with the Vignobles et Découvertes

association which represents the local wines and vineyards.

Jasnières is our local label, a reputable white made from

the chenin grape. It isn't too well known, but rather a well

kept secret. The vines are just a two minute walk away

and there are many friendly winegrowers happy to give you

a tasting just a short drive away.

See below for a couple of wine tasting circuits to do and download this pamphlet full of interesting facts and information regarding the wines in the Vallée du Loir.

 

Foret de Bercé - an ancient royal forest that's popular with mushroom pickers and walkers - you can even hire a donkey in Jupilles if you'd like to share the load.

 

Lac du Marçon - the beach and playground are great for the kids and a lovely spot for a picnic. Whilst on the lake you can do any number of non-motorised nautical hobbies. And there's fishing too. A great way to arrive is by canoe, hiring them in La Chartre-sur-le-Loir and paddling down the river until you reach the lake.

 

Pescheray Zoo - a delightfully interesting animal park, from goats to wolves to lemurs - a lovely day out for any animal lover.

 

Les Trois Lacs - if jet-ski, water skiing and quads are more your thing we suggest the lakes in Ruillé-sur-Loir are the waters to head for.

 

Les marchés - there's no shortage of markets to buy all your local produce in the villages surrounding us.

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If it's more upmarket shopping you desire look no further than Tours, Le Mans and Vendôme where you'll find all the boutiques you could wish for. Although La Chartre-sur-le-Loir, just down the road, is rather nice too!

 

Fine dining you say? Take your pick! Most of the villages and towns surrounding us offer at least one very good restaurant. Our favourite however is the Hôtel de France in La Chartre-sur-le-Loir - you won't be disappointed - and Chez Miton in Chahaignes. For an unbelievable value for money option, Le Saint Pierre in Ruille-sur-Loire cannot be beaten (lunchtime ouvrierre menu) Lhomme also has its own friendly restaurant.

 

Walking and cycling - quiet lanes and chemins are

plentiful and are right on your doorstep - including the

GR34 which meanders just next to La Petite Grange. The

recently developed initiative Vallée du Loir à Vélo, of which

we are a member, has lots of information on their website

about everything cyclists need to know about their hobby

round these parts. We have two bikes available for guests.

 

Fishing - The Loir river is renowned for its fishing, especially trout. Then there are the numerous lakes round these parts, in particular in Marçon, Ruillé-sur-Le-Loir and La Chartre.

 

Les Alpes Mancelles - a little known wonder north of Le Mans with breathtaking scenery and beautiful villages. More hilly than mountainous  despite it's grand name.

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Wine tasting circuits

 

There are so many pleasant vineyards dotted all around us I don't have space to mention them all. So I have come up with two circuits which take in a few of our favourites.

 

The google map to the left takes you to the Domaine de Cézin of François Fresneau and the Domaine de la Roche Bleue in Marçon.

 

Then over to Domaine de la Raderie of Christophe Croisard in Chahaignes before passing by Domaine de Bellivière of Eric Nicolas which is just down the road from us.

 

To make a day of it you could stop off at the lake in Marçon for a picnic or go for a walk in the Foret de Bercé by Chahaignes.

 

 

 

 

The second circuit takes you via Mont Idée, which provides a great panoramic view over the valley, before leading you through the heart of the Jasnières vines to Ruillé-sur-Loir. Along the way you can pay a visit to Madame Nourray in Dauvers and then stop off at the Domaine de Gauletteries of Reynald Lelais, just before Poncé-sur-le-Loir. Whilst in Poncé, worth a look is the glass blowers, the pottery artist and the Château de Poncé.

 

Then onto Couture-sur-Loir to see the Manoir de la Possonnière - where Ronsard (French literary icon of the 16th Century) once lived - and its beautiful rose gardens.

 

On the way back, just as you enter La Chartre-sur-le-Loir check out the friendly cave of Joël Gigou.

Lac des Varennes

Lac des Varennes in Marçon, a 15 minute drive away, provides the family with numerous different activities, from sailing, canoeing, swimming, playing on the beach, picnics and bbqs, tennis, crazy golf and the list goes on....

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Vallée du Loir à Vélo is a recent initiative by the Office de Tourisme.

 

Please visit their website which has lots of information about bike riding in these parts. The cycling routes they suggest are particularly interesting.

 

Click here for links to some of their suggestions

 

 

 

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