So many

Experiences

Explore the grounds and Bercé forest on foot or by bicycle, then return to the chateau for a championship of billiards and croquet. Ask Guy for a tour of the chateau to admire its heirlooms and impressive wine cellar – he has plenty of stories about his ancestors whose faces dot the walls, after all this is the house he grew up in! Take a hot air balloon from the terrace at dawn and return in time for a Champagne breakfast.

You’re an hour or so from the famous Loire Valley chateaux, including Chambord, Ussé, Cheverny, Chenonceau and Saumur, and when you get bored of castles there are 12th-century churches with period frescoes to admire. Go horse riding (10km away; the owners can arrange), have a round of golf – there are some excellent 18-hole courses in the vicinity, or play tennis in the local village.

Walk through the beautiful Jardin du Plessis Sesnieres, a landscaped French formal garden and English-style tree park by a lake with a pretty tea room; or the astonishing topiary and the children’s maze in the gardens of the Chateau de Villandry, near Tours.

Go wine tasting at one of the region’s excellent wineries, then buy some French bread and cheeses and have a picnic. Explore the remarkable old city of Le Mans, home of the Plantagenet kings and stage set for many films, although now more famous for its 24-hour racing!

The stunning cathedral at Chartres is within day-tripping distance, an hours’ drive away. Europe’s oldest stained-glass windows are in the magnificent Gothic Trinity Abbey in nearby Vendome. Indulge in a Renaissance lunch at Clos Lucé, home to Leonardo Da Vinci… afterwards, stroll through the park with interactive displays of his genius inventions.

So many

EXPERIENCES

Explore the grounds and Bercé forest on foot or by bicycle, then return to the chateau for a championship of billiards and croquet. Ask Guy for a tour of the chateau to admire its heirlooms and impressive wine cellar – he has plenty of stories about his ancestors whose faces dot the walls, after all this is the house he grew up in! Take a hot air balloon from the terrace at dawn and return in time for a Champagne breakfast.

Go wine tasting at one of the region’s excellent wineries, then buy some French bread and cheeses and have a picnic. Explore the remarkable old city of Le Mans, home of the Plantagenet kings and stage set for many films, although now more famous for its 24-hour racing!

The stunning cathedral at Chartres is within day-tripping distance, an hours’ drive away. Europe’s oldest stained-glass windows are in the magnificent Gothic Trinity Abbey in nearby Vendome. Indulge in a Renaissance lunch at Clos Lucé, home to Leonardo Da Vinci… afterwards, stroll through the park with interactive displays of his genius inventions.

You’re an hour or so from the famous Loire Valley chateaux, including Chambord, Ussé, Cheverny, Chenonceau and Saumur, and when you get bored of castles there are 12th-century churches with period frescoes to admire. Go horse riding (10km away; the owners can arrange), have a round of golf – there are some excellent 18-hole courses in the vicinity, or play tennis in the local village.

Walk through the beautiful Jardin du Plessis Sesnieres, a landscaped French formal garden and English-style tree park by a lake with a pretty tea room; or the astonishing topiary and the children’s maze in the gardens of the Chateau de Villandry, near Tours.