Located in Anjou, just a 2.5-hour drive from Paris, this exceptional château is the perfect base for those looking to immerse themselves in life in the famous Loire Valley wine region. Sitting on 50 hectares of land, complete with manicured gardens and a 120-acre forest, the château effortlessly blends 18th century authenticity with all the modern comforts. Offering a total of 11 bedrooms in the château itself, there are an additional 6 bedrooms in the adjacent guest house. There’s also a heated pool, a horse riding facility and a tennis court on the grounds.
With such an impressive number of castles, it's difficult to decide which to see. Named a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of such an impressive array of chateaux, the choices seem endless. Some of the favourites include Chenonceau, Azay-le Rideau and Blois. Come see where the royalty of antiquity escaped their hectic lives.
What better way to enjoy the Loire's abundant natural beauty than on a bicycle? Cyclinng is a favoured pastime in the region, bicycle hire shops are numerous and trips can last from an hour to several days.
Known for it's natural beauty, the Loire Valley is blessed with some of France's most breathtaking green space. Public parks as well as estate gardens and nature reserves are around every corner in "The Garden of France".
No visit to the Loire would be complete without a visit to a town market. Fresh and local, most towns hold markets all summer. Wander around the stalls and see and taste what has been a staple of French life for centuries.
This world-renowned motor endurance race takes place every June. The 24 hour race attracts over 200,000 visitors who flock to Le Mans to witness the spectacle of the world's longest circuit.
At Forteresso du Faucon Noir, families can spend the day with period-costumed actors who let visitors get "hands on" with history. Kids can try their hand at coin minting, calligraphy and even practice their swordplay as medieval knights. If you dare, don't miss the torture chamber!
Why not take a picnic lunch and wander the forests and meadows on the back of one of these lovable creatures? At A Dos D'Ane you can do just that. Families can explore the countryside at their own leisurely pace.
Avoid rainy days and explore The Museum of Natural History of Tours. Imaginations run wild in this kid friendly museum. See stuffed wild animals up close and prepare yourself for the live insect and reptile exhibits.
Find your way to the centre of a hedge maze and try to find your way out again. With so many castle gardens in the Loire, you're sure to find one of these child pleasers. One of the best is at Chateau de Chenonceau Gardens.
At Chateau du Close Luce you have the opportunity to view many of Leonardo's genius inventions. His last home, the back gardens contain full-size and working models of his numerous inventions.