L'Escale Chambres d'Hôtes, Vernoil-le-Fourrier

A few suggestions for places to visit during your stay.

Our closest town is Saumur, which is about 20 minutes drive from Vernoil. Saumur, with it's elegent château, sits on the banks of the River Loire. Saumur is the home of the Cadre Noir, the French Cavalry, who put on equestrian shows and displays throughout the Summer. There is also a museum - both of which are recommended by previous guests.

There is a large market on Saturday mornings, and other towns and villages across the region also have their own markets on various days of the week where you can take your pick from the marvellous fresh produce on sale. There are many local producers in this area which is know as The Garden of France - wine, apples, cheese, mushrooms, to name but a few, are a small selection of the produce available.

There are many wine caves and vineyards in and around Saumur.  If you are interested in taking a guided wine tour, we can organise this for you via a local contact.  It is advisable to give as much notice as possible, so as to avoid disappointment!

Angers is approximately 50 minutes away.  It has an imposing château, and is an interesting town for those with a penchant for history as well as those who wish to indulge in a little shopping. In the opposite direction is Tours, a busy bustling city and well worth a visit.

There are many châteaux in the Loire Valley:-

In the nearby village of Gizeux there is a beautiful, privately-owned château which is open to the public, and has a fascinating history.

Château de Brézé has a labyrinth of tunnels and chambers beneath the château which can be explored either with a guide or under your own steam.

Larger, more well known châteaux, are numerous - Villandray with it's gardens, and Ussé which inspired the story of Sleeping Beauty, to name but two.

L'Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud, the final resting place of Richard the Lionheart, is another place worth visiting. During the Summer, Fontevraud has a programme of music and theatre events in the evenings.

Many of the châteaux stage "son et lumière" shows at nightfall in the summer months, a spectacular mix of lights, fireworks and music.

Montsoreau holds "Les Puces de Montsoreau" on the second Sunday of every month - a very enjoyable way to spend the morning and perhaps pick up a souvenir of your visit.

The zoos at Doué-la-Fontaine and La Flèche are both interesting, and a longer trip to the Grand Parc Puy-de-Fou is a fantastic family day out.

The Tourist Offices at both Saumur and Angers have many brochures and maps to inspire you and send you off on a voyage of discovery!