So Much To Do
Don’t just follow the crowds to visit the Loire’s most famous Chateaux – take time to relax, explore France on the back roads and discover some of the Loire Valleys hidden gems. You will be amazed at how much there is to see and do within an hour’s drive of La Roseraie:
The “Main Contenders” …
Chateau de Chenonceau
Spanning the River Cher and surrounded by formal gardens and trees. A walk around the park, which stretches along the river, affords stunning views of the chateau. This is a chateau shaped by women: royal wives, mistresses and queens. The great gallery spans the Cher which, during the Second World War, marked the demarcation line between free France and occupied France – many people took advantage of the southern doors to access free France.
3.3 miles 8 minutes
Chateau de Chambord
The largest of the Loire chateaux makes a striking impression. – don’t miss the great staircase, reputedly designed by Leonardo da Vinci, and the roof terrace. Wander into the public part of the surrounding park, now a national hunt reserve and you will find hides where you can watch deer and wild boar.
33.9 miles 1 hour
Chateau de Villandry
One of the last great chateaux to be built on the Loire, famed for its stunning and extensive formal gardens. Visit the chateau first to see their splendour from the upper floor.
36.5 miles 49 minutes
Chateau de Blois
Every street in the fascinating old town has something to offer – take time to stroll around. The façade of the chateau with its external staircase is famous; the interior shouldn’t be missed, and immediately opposite (combined ticket) is the Maison de la Magie, the home of Robert Houdin, the father of modern magic, now a fascinating museum.
24.1 miles 42 minutes
Chateau de Cheverny
Perfect symmetry and a stunning interior, the chateau is surrounded by a huge park. Take a stroll, a trip on the train or the canal and see the well-disciplined resident private pack of hounds at feeding time in the afternoon. If you have time left over why not visit the Chateau de Troussay, a small Renaissance gem 2 miles to the west.
22.4 miles 42 minutes
Standing proudly over the Loire the chateau dominates the town. Stroll around the streets of Amboise and fit in a visit to Le Clos Lucé, Leonardo Da Vinci’s last home, where you can view models of some of his fabulous inventions, and stroll round the beautiful park, with interactive examples of his machines, such as an army tank and a Bailey-bridge.
For variety there’s the Aquarium de Touraine 5 miles to the west, where the aquatic flora and fish to be encountered the length of the Loire from the source to the sea are displayed and explained. You may even find a shark swimming over your head!
14.8 miles 42 minutes
Surrounded by water on the banks of the Indre this is one of the gems of the Renaissance. A fairytale setting, and small enough to dream of as a second home.