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Self-catering Gîte with 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Sleeps 8. Non-applicable changeover.
Set in a beautiful mature garden with a woodland area and sweeping countryside views, this...
Self-catering Gîte with 5 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Sleeps 9. Non-applicable changeover.
Located 20 km from Tours (airport and train station), this cozy holiday house is very bright and...
Self-catering Gîte with 6 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. Sleeps 12. Non-applicable changeover.
This traditional 6 bedroom 4 bathroom cottage has a great above ground private pool which is 7...
Self-catering Chateau with 7 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. Sleeps 16. Saturday changeover.
Magnificent 19th Century Chateau with Pool Chateau Des Barres is situated in a small village, near...
Self-catering Gîte with 9 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms. Sleeps 19. Non-applicable changeover.
The exceptional 15th century Chateau Gombardy is located in the Loire-Anjou-Touraine national park...
Self-catering Gîte with 9 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms. Sleeps 18. Non-applicable changeover.
Chateau de Raguerniere is a magnificently decorated 19th century luxury Chateau which sits in a...
Self-catering Gîte with 6 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. Sleeps 12. Non-applicable changeover.
Set in the heart of the Loire Valley, this holiday property is ideally located for those seeking...
Week of 26 August - 2 September now half price!!
Self-catering Cottage with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Sleeps 6. Saturday changeover.
2 Beautiful Woodland Cottages with Pool Maison Rouge and L’Ecurie are two beautiful cottages...
Self-catering Gîte with 14 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms. Sleeps 32. Non-applicable changeover.
Situated in the midst of farmland near Paris, this chateau north of the Loire Valley provides...
Converted barn, Cussay (Indre-et-Loire)
Self-catering Converted barn with 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. Sleeps 6. Saturday changeover.
Les Petites Cigognes - Beautifully Converted Gites with Heated Swimming Pool Les Petites Cigognes...
The Loire Valley or Centre region of France is noted for its Chateaux, widely considered to be the most beautiful in the world but it also has much natural beauty with pleasent undulating woodlands, lakes, rivers, orchards and fields of sunflowers. The area is unspoilt by industry or mass tourism.
The Loire river sweeps gracefully through the Loire Valley and it is in this region that you can see some of the most beautiful neo classical and Renaissance châteaux in France.
Along with its architectural treasures and history, the Loire valley is rich and fertile farming country, crissed crossed with tributaries from the river, forested and famous also for its food and wine.
Amboise is worth a visit for its château, lovely old buildings and very good food shops. Leonardo da Vinci was brought here to work on the château and spent the last years of his life and died, in the 15th century manor house of Le Clos-Lucé, just outside the town. It is now a museum dedicated to him and has delightful gardens.
Blois is a busy market centre for the thriving agricultural area surrounding it, but is known mainly for the massively magnificent château of Chambord nearby. Further south is Valençay, where you should taste the wine and visit the château with its spectacular formal gardens.
Orléans and its association with Joan of Arc lies at the most northerly point of the Loire river and there is more than enough here to keep you busy for several days. It is also the centre of its own wine producing area, and you can visit some of the surrounding villages to taste.
The larder of the Loire is one of the richest in France. Fish from the Atlantic, shellfish from the estuary and freshwater fish from the rivers. Fresh and simple dishes like gravette, a sweet flat oyster, near the coast and in the western part of the Loire; lamproie, an eel like fish caught in the estuaries and cooked in walnut oil; grilled chard, tench, or carp, with a sorrel sauce; friture de la Loire, small fish caught in the Loire and deep fried, served with lemon.
There are good stews such as chaudr¾e, conger eel and white fish cooked in garlic and white wine with potatoes and matelote, different freshwater fish with onions, mushrooms and wine. As you travel through the region, fish dishes give way to meat and game, pork with plums and cream, stuffed cabbage with hare, partridge with wild mushrooms.
Vegetables are used in abundance, a variety of salads and charcuterie, potato cake, duckling with tiny fresh peas and baby turnips, pumpkin pie, asparagus.
The people of the Loire have a very sweet tooth and tarts and pies, using local fruits, figure prominently. Clafoutis is a batter cake stuffed with cherries, which used to be served to the pickers during the grape harvest. There are baked apples and jam, pancakes and fritters and excellent cheesecakes.
There are many cheeses worth trying, made from goats, sheep's and cows milk. Bondaroy au Foin, a soft cows milk cheese with a tangy flavour, cured in hay, Frinot, from Orléanais, is a soft lightly cured cheese with a strong flavour, sometimes coated with ashes, or Valençay, a pyramid-shaped goat's cheese with a mild nutty flavour, Olivet Bleu, is a rich blue cheese, wrapped in plane tree leaves, and there are numerous others.
As always, it is worth hunting out small village restaurants, or making friends, and with luck, being invited to someone's house to dine.
This is great riding country and cycling and a wonderful way to explore the countryside. You can hire horses for an hour or a day to suit all levels of expertise and there are golf courses, and good fishing in the rivers. Village fetes, festivals, concerts and theatre are held throughout the year.
Generally warm and showery in spring, with temperatures often reaching 30 plus degrees through the summer and often, a warm late autumn.