Local Amenities

Notre Petit Coin is only 5 miles from Baugé, our nearest town. Here there is the Chateau Baugé, restaurants, boulangeries, banks, gift shops, DIY stores, etc.

There is a large Super U supermarket for all your shopping needs, including a petrol station, and there is also a local swimming pool open during the summer months.

La Flèche is only 6 miles away to the north, and has lots to offer. There are 3 supermarkets: Leclerc, Carrefour and Super U with petrol stations also. There are large choice of restaurants, cafes and shops on offer.

La Monnerie is open during the summer months. This is a beach by the lake with lots of water sport facilities, and a large indoor swimming complex nearby.

 

Le Mans Race Track is home to the 24 Hours of Le Mans race, which is the world’s oldest active sports car endurance race. This race has been held annually in June since 1923, and is considered to be one of the most prestigious automobile races in the world.

Commonly referred to as the “Grand Prix of Endurance and Efficiency”, racing teams have to balance speed with the cars’ ability to run for 24 hours without sustaining mechanical damage, and manage the cars’ consumables — primarily fuel, tyres and braking materials.

To find out more about the 24 hour race, visit www.24h-lemans.com/en/ and for more information about the famous racing museum and other events taking place at the Le Mans track, visit www.lemans.org/en/

Local Amenities

Notre Petit Coin is only 5 miles from Baugé, our nearest town. Here there is the Chateau Baugé, restaurants, boulangeries, banks, gift shops, DIY stores, etc.

There is a large Super U supermarket for all your shopping needs, including a petrol station, and there is also a local swimming pool open during the summer months.

La Flèche is only 6 miles away to the north, and has lots to offer. There are 3 supermarkets: Leclerc, Carrefour and Super U with petrol stations also. There are large choice of restaurants, cafes and shops on offer.

La Monnerie is open during the summer months. This is a beach by the lake with lots of water sport facilities, and a large indoor swimming complex nearby.

Le Mans Race Track is home to the 24 Hours of Le Mans race, which is the world’s oldest active sports car endurance race. This race has been held annually in June since 1923, and is considered to be one of the most prestigious automobile races in the world.

Commonly referred to as the “Grand Prix of Endurance and Efficiency”, racing teams have to balance speed with the cars’ ability to run for 24 hours without sustaining mechanical damage, and manage the cars’ consumables — primarily fuel, tyres and braking materials.

To find out more about the 24 hour race, visit www.24h-lemans.com/en/ and for more information about the famous racing museum and other events taking place at the Le Mans track, visit www.lemans.org/en/


Recreational Activities

  • Swimming: there is an open-air pool in Baugé, which is open during the summer months. There is a lake in La Flèche with a beach called La Monnerie. There is also an indoor swimming complex next door to the lake.
  • Walking: there are many quiet country lane routes straight from the house. We can provide O/S maps upon request. There are also many walks along the Loire river.
  • Running: there are many quiet country lane routes straight from the house, and we can provide O/S maps upon request.
  • Golf: local golf is available at www.golf-bauge.fr

 

  • Kayaking/Canoeing: you can rent boats to go on the Loire River, or other small rivers in the area.
  • Cycling: if travelling by car, you can bring your own bikes, but you can also hire locally at www.location-velo-saumur.com. Le Tour De France often passes close by.
  • Fishing: lots of choice for fly fishing and trout fishing in this area.
  • Picnics: there are many places to stop for a picnic by the river, and you will usually find picnic tables there waiting for you.

Recreational Activities

  • Swimming: there is an open-air pool in Baugé, which is open during the summer months. There is a lake in La Flèche with a beach called La Monnerie. There is also an indoor swimming complex next door to the lake.
  • Walking: there are many quiet country lane routes straight from the house. We can provide O/S maps upon request. There are also many walks along the Loire river.
  • Running: there are many quiet country lane routes straight from the house, and we can provide O/S maps upon request.
  • Golf: local golf is available at www.golf-bauge.fr
  • Kayaking/Canoeing: you can rent boats to go on the Loire River, or other small rivers in the area.
  • Cycling: if travelling by car, you can bring your own bikes, but you can also hire locally at www.location-velo-saumur.com. Le Tour de France often passes close by.
  • Fishing: lots of choice for fly fishing and trout fishing in this area.
  • Picnics: there are many places to stop for a picnic by the river, and you will usually find picnic tables there waiting for you.

The beautiful Loire Valley

Saumur

Saumur is the “capital” town of the Loire Valley, and is an absolute “must see” during your holiday. Saumur is about 20 miles south from Notre Petit Coin, with lots of parking in the town centre. As you approach Saumur, you will see its iconic chateau up on the hillside overlooking the wonderful and iconic Loire River.

Here you can visit the chateau, eat in the many restaurants, shop in the many shops, walk along the river, or even hire a bicycle and meander alongside the river all the way to Montsoreau. There is a local market on every Saturday, and a Tourist Office. There are also many banks and supermarkets in and around Saumur.

Montsorau

Montsoreau is another “must see”. It is a lovely, quaint, small town with its own chateau. Park by the river and then explore all the quiet lanes up to the chateau, and see all the quaint houses and stunning gardens. There are cafes and restaurants here too, so you can enjoy a relaxing coffee or lunch. On the second Sunday of each month, there is an antiques market that is worth exploring.

Montreuil-Bellay

Montreuil-Bellay is a hidden gem. It is a few miles south of Saumur and on the road towards Thouars. It is very quaint and has a lovely chateau and restaurants, with the river nearby for lots of picnic opportunities.

Villandry

Villandry is famous for its chateau and fabulous gardens. No matter which time of year, there is always something to see here. There are several restaurants and cafes nearby, so you can spend the whole day here exploring.

Chenonceau

Chenonceau is one of the most iconic chateaux of the Loire Valley and is often on postcards from the area. Close to Tours, this destination is definitely worth a visit.

Angers

Angers is a bustling town with its own chateau, lots of shops and restaurants, so a definite must if you like shopping!

Amboise

Amboise is a delightful town close to the river, with the wonderful chateau perched up on the hillside. This town is also famous for the Clos Lucé, which is a manor house where Leonardo da Vinci lived — and ultimately died. The narrow streets contain some good examples of old timbered housing.

Langeais

Langeais has a church of the 11th, 12th and 15th centuries, but is mostly interesting for its large and historic chateau. There are restaurants and cafes here, and the town is very quaint.

Durtal

This interesting town is close to Notre Petit Coin, and is probably less explored by tourists. It is an historic town with a chateau, and lots of lanes and streets to explore. There are also plenty of restaurants and cafes to visit.

Loire River

The Loire River runs throughout this region and many towns and village are close by. You will often see beaches during the summer, when the river starts to dry out and you can then enjoy the water, sunbathe or have a picnic. There are also boat trips available throughout this region.

Vineyards

The Loire Valley is famous for its vineyards, which are in abundance in this region — so if you like wine, you are in luck! There are so many vineyards to choose from. Most of them will offer degustations which means you can go and sample the wine before you buy. The majority of wine is inexpensive but still very good indeed. This region is famous for its sparkling whites, roses and even red at very reasonable prices.

Our recommendations for visits would be: Domaine de la Paleine in Puy de Notre Dame; La Grande Vignole vineyard near Le Touquet on the road from Saumur to Montsoreau. The Loire Valley is famous for its sparkling wines and you can sample these at Gratien & Meyer, on the road from Saumur to Montsoreau. Also Ackermans or Veuve Amiot tasting houses on the road out of Saumur eastwards towards Gennes — these houses also provide tours.

Our recommended tour would be at the Caves de Saumur, close to St-Cyr-en-Bourg (heading south from Saumur towards Montreuil-Bellay). You will be pleasantly surprised what lies beneath this winery and will learn all about wine-making. They can do the tour in English also. And of course, you will have the opportunity to sample and buy some of the wines at very reasonable prices.