les beau villages à visiter
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.
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. Carnuta is a superbe place to visit in Jupilles, a museum of the forest, full of interesting information, not just about Forêt de Bercé but all forests.
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.
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.
recently developed initiative Vallée du Loir à Vélo has lots
of information on their website about everything cyclists
need to know about their hobby
round these parts.
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.
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.
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 La Cave de Dauvers and then stop off at the Domaine Lelais of Reynald Lelais, situated 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 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....