Amboise, (seen left) offers shops and chateaux within walking distance of each other.
As well as the chateau in the town centre, you can walk to Chateau du Clos Luce where
Leonardo da Vinci spent the last years of his life. Explore full size working models
of some of Leonardo’s inventions in the extensive grounds and you can take a boat
ride on the river. You’ll get an insight into why Leonardo is still considered a
Tours The stylish and cosmopolitan city of Tours offers wonderful shopping, sightseeing
and super places to eat. You can enjoy an open air meal in the medieval old town.
Take a stroll around one of the many outdoor markets for souvenirs and must have
Places to Visit
Cherry Tree Cottage is in a lovely quiet spot offering total peace and privacy. A
relaxing holiday awaits...
...but if you want to explore further afield it is handily placed to explore the
historic chateaux in the Loire Valley, also known as The Valley of the Kings. The
beautiful towns of Amboise, Tours and Le Mans are well worth a visit.
Between June and September, there are festivals, fairs and some fireworks in most
towns and villages. Indulge yourself sampling local food and wine and enjoy the live
entertainment on warm summer evenings. You’ll come back with some great memories!
Nearby Chateau du Loir is a town, around 15 minutes drive away. It has a Saturday
market, artisan shops and a large hypermarket as well as other supermarkets and small
food shops. There are also several restaurants in and around the town square. You
can experience a different pace of life to the hustle and bustle of the UK.
Chateau la Valliere is around 10 minutes drive away and has traditional French food
shops such as boulangerie, epicerie, and patisserie open throughout the week and
on Sunday mornings.
It also has good supermarkets, restaurants and a weekly market. There’s a large swimming
lake with boats for when you’re feeling energetic.
Le Mans The world famous Le Mans circuit with its car and bike races is only 40 minutes
away. It has magnificent shopping, a marvellous car museum. and a charming medieval
quarter brimming with history - including the tombs of 3 English monarchs. A must
see for history buffs, car enthusiasts and eager shoppers.
More Tourist Information... Both Chateau du Loir and Chateau la Valliere have tourist
information offices where you’ll find lots of brochures and information on more places
Coast - Le Croisic & La Baule If you fancy a visit to the coast, the swish seaside
resorts of Le Croisic & La Baule are 2.5 to 2.75 hrs drive west. Le Croisic (think
1950’s small idyllic fishing village) has harbour front restaurants and gift shops.
sandy coves, shallow water and plenty of easy parking all around. It has a renowned
Oceanarium, with sharks, and a Michelin plate restaurant called “L’Ocean” on one
beach. Hotels at all prices for an overnight stay. La Baule is a much bigger resort
and has a huge stretch of sandy beach with cafes and activities.