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.
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.
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, 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.
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 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 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....