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Chateau de Chenonceau (under 2 hours drive)

From the old keep to the remains of the fortified medieval mill to the garden of Diane de Poitiers (who became Chatelaine in 1547), you can rediscover the Renaissance and the Grand Siecle in another way. You will walk in the footsteps of Voltaire, Marivaux, Montesquieu, Buffon and Rousseau, before perhaps returning to your personal iPod to continue with music all the way to the restaurant at the Orangerie.   More Info Click>

Puy Du Fou (approx. 1 hour drive)

A medieval theme park for all ages where during the day the amphitheatre stages perhaps the most extravagant of all the Son et Lumiere shows. Tickets can be bought in two parts to enable guests to visit the chateau, water theatre, 18th century village, arboretum, wolves lair and falconry show by day and perhaps return another day for the spectacular Cinescenie, English translation headsets can be hired for the spectacular.  More Info Click>

Zoo de Doue-la-Fontaine (only 20 mins drive)

The Zoo at Doue is quite unique, housing some 500 animals amongst the abundant vegetation and utilising some of the caves, sand quarries, lime furnaces and cathedral caverns to be found on the site. The roman amphitheatre often stages theatrical and musical events throughout the summer. More Info Click>

Saumur (only 20 mins drive)

This town is affectionately known as the kingdom of the horse and is therefore naturally best known for the equestrian connections. Saumur has horse and cavalry museums and is home to the celebrated Cadre Noir at the National Riding Academy with the largest riding arena in Europe. There are guided tours each day, with visits to the stables and training sessions being very popular. There is also the Musee des Blindes, the largest tank museum in Europe, the Musee de Moteur at Bagneaux and of course the Chateau which is well worth the visit if only to take in the views from the ramparts or sample the delightful cafe.

Wine and caves are also in abundance in and around Saumur, and the town produces no less than 80% of the total output of mushrooms in France from within the Tufa caves. Le Musee du Champignon grows wild and cultivated mushrooms, exploration takes about 1 ½ hours with up to 500 species of mushrooms learnt about. Then try a visit to the restaurant ‘La Troglodyte’ for the tasting!

Futuroscope (approx. 1 hour 20 mins drive)

European Park of the moving image’ is just outside Poitiers, it has a host of audio-visual technology, (circular cinemas, 3D cinemas, Cyber Avenue, Aquascope, Astratour, Imax 3D, Childrens World) with its futuristic architecture and homage to the technologies of tomorrow. See 3D films on the giant, flat, circular or spherical screens. Dynamic cinema, new video techniques and virtual pictures. See Kinemax films on a seven stories high screen, 1 or 3 D shows, a 360 Degree film or the famous Magic carpet with huge screen under your feet, Dive at the speed of light into the city of Atlantis in the “Race for Atlantis”. The unique park in the world where you can spend one or two days and nights seeing lots of fascinating non stop shows. More Info Click>

Karting Val D’Argenton - Karting Track (only 15 mins drive)

There is an International karting circuit within easy drive of the camp site where you can hire a kart from 15 minutes to half a day. The ‘International Val d’Argenton Karting Track’ is considered to be the best in Europe. The track is well organised and safety issues fully addressed.  

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Le Cadre Noir de Saumur (only 25 mins drive)

This is the famous crack French Cavalry regiment, who put on many displays and tours throughout the year. More Info Click>

Angers (within 1 hour drive)

Angers is the regions’ major centre for tapestries with the famous Tenture de L’Apocalypse, the oldest of it’s size in the world and housed at the Chateau. Architecture and museums are also a strong feature in Angers, particularly for the fine arts. There are markets at different locations in Angers every day of the week.

There really is so much more here to see and do

Don’t just take our word for it.  Come for a visit and see for yourself.

Loire Valley Tourist Information

Bassins-du-Thouet (only 20 mins drive)

Only opened in July 2016 and is more than just a pool, many activities and services is offered with new equipment.  It is obligatory that men wear speedo type shorts.

Indoor pools offer; a sports pool, a lagoon with water games, an activity pool equipped with benches and massage jets and a 40m long toboggan slide

A great family fun place to come rain or shine, not just indoor pools, it even has an outdoor pool, for those hotter summer days


Outdoor pool is Nordic 25m connected by an internal lock; a playground for children (2 to 8 years) called Splashpads and a pentagliss (big slide) on three corridors along 38m

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