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  • Tours Area Chateau De La Noue – Vacation in Your Own Chateau
    3BR+/2BA (Sleeps 5-11) $684-$989/wk US Dollars
    http://www.vrbo.com/127565
    Villedomer, 25 km from Tours and Amboise
    rental unit is a fully equipped, luxurious 2000 square feet apartment in a wing of the Chateau
    714 974-5461 (USA) Please say: “I saw your listing #127565 on VRBO”
    http://www.chateaudelanoue.com/
     
  • Wine & Food

    Loire Valley wines
    http://www.terroir-france.com/wine/loirevalley.htm

    Cathedrals

    Cathedral of St. Gatien (Cathédrale Saint Gatien de Tours), Tours

    … m Notre-Dame Cathedral, Chartres

    Castles
    .. “importance”

    .. Château de Chenonceau – part bridge, Le “Château des Dames”

    … m Château de Chambord – largest, Renaissance 16C
    from august 20th to september 30th : 9:00 am to 6:15 pm
    8,50 € (from september to june)
    http://www.chambord.org/educ/libre-GB.htm

    … m Chateau de Cheverny – French style, beautiful interiors – dining room

    .. Chateau d’Azay le Rideau – island
    http://azay-le-rideau.monuments-nationaux.fr/en/?fl_r=9

    .. Brissac – “Giant of the Loire Valley” seven stories, taller than all the Royal Castles of Loire Valley, 15C fortress and 17C unfinished castle, unusual, medieval
    April to June and Sept – Oct: 10.15 am – 12.15 pm, 2.00 pm – 6.00 pm Everyday except on Tuesdays
    http://www.chateau-brissac.fr/

    … m Angers – fortress built by Famous King St Louis in 13C , with 17 round towers made of dark schist and white stonehouses the oldest and largest tapestry in the world, The Apocalypse Tapestry
    http://angers.monuments-nationaux.fr/fr/

    . Loches – keep and drawbridge (11C) and Royal Castle (14C)

    . Villandry – unique “Renaissance” gardens, Ornamental Gardens, water Garden, Herb Garden, and kitchen Garden
    http://www.chateauvillandry.com/

    . Usse – Castle of the “Sleeping Beauty”
    http://www.chateaudusse.fr/

    . Valen̤ay Рinteriors beautiful 18C furniture and sumptuous 19C Empire style furniture

    .. m Chinon – huge fortress (1300 feet x 230) , originally a Roman camp, 11 C Henry Plantagenet, 1429 Joan of Arc, excellent red wine

    . Montrichard – square keep built in 1010 by Fulk Nerra

    Medieval castles : Langeais Montreuil Bellay Chambonneau Chateau-Larcher Gençay
    : Chinon Montrichard Saint Aignan
    : Angers, Loches, Luynes, Brissac

    . Amboise – St Hubert chapel
    . Château de Blois
    . Chaumont sur Loire
    . Beauregard – Delft floor tiles
    Tours
    Langeais
    Saumur
    Montreuil Bellay
    Abbaye de Fontevraud

    Amboise Angers Azay le Rideau Brissac Chambonneau Chambord Chateau Larcher Chaumont Chenonceau Cheverny Chinon Dissay Gençay Gué-Péan Guillonnière Langeais Luynes Melle Montreuil-Bellay Montrichard Moulin Nouaillé Maupertuis Pocé sur Cisse Saint-Aignan Saint Maurice la Clouère Saint Savin Ussé Valençay Villandry

    Castles in the Loire Valley
    http://www.castles-france.net/loire-valley/

    walking tour – Tours
    http://www.discoverfrance.com/regions/loire_walk_tour
    Tours old town, Chinon and Saumur, Fontevraud Abbey

    walking tour – Blois toward Amboise, most famous Chambord
    http://www.discoverfrance.com/regions/loirevalley_walk2_tour.html
    village of Choussy
    Amboise
    Clos Luce – site made for Leonardo daVinci and his inventions

    Loire Valley Cultural & Gourmet Tour Itinerary – cooking school, markets, wine, cheese
    http://www.traveloffthebeatenpath.com/loirevalleyitinerary.html

    bike tour
    http://www.ids.net/~tandem/loire.htm

    bike and barge
    http://www.infohub.com/vacation_packages/9025.html

    barge
    http://www.maupintour.com/tours/tour_179.html

    barging
    http://www.barginginfrance.com/conloire.htm

    Resources

    gites-de-france.fr
    tourisme.fr
    loirevalley-online.com
    lonelyplanet.com – nothing in Loire Valley
    Karen Brown’s suggestions – Kit recommended this site
    hotels, B&Bs
    http://www.karenbrown.com/index.asp
    http://www.frenchconnections.co.uk/

    Accommodation

    1. Chateau du Plessis – near Tours
      http://www.chateauduplessis.com/
      Lodge 4bed/3bath – looks fairly nice
      near Tours
       
    2. http://www.gite.com/chantemerle
      4bd/3bath – 1 double bed, others all singles
      farmhouse with four bedrooms and a spacious garden, set in the rural Loire Valley
      Two of the bedrooms are on the ground floor, both with a pair of twin beds. One of the bedrooms has an ensuite shower and toilet; there’s also a separate bathroom on this floor. Upstairs are two more bedrooms and a study area. The master bedroom has a large double bed and an ensuite bathroom and toilet, while the fourth bedroom has a pair of twin beds.
      Tours (20 km W) Amboise (3 km S) Chenonceaux (20 km SE)
       
    3. Appart City Residence Blois
      http://www.cheaperthanhotels.co.uk/France/Blois/City-Centre/Appart-City-Residence-Blois-L34662R.htm
      Equipped Apartments.
      The resort is located in the very town centre, on the former chocolate factory site. Ideally located between the castle and the station, near the shops.
       
    4. House / Villa – BARROU
      BARROU Le Grand Village
      http://www.homelidays.com/barrou/house-villa130084en1.htm
      2 double /2 bath
      4 room(s) , of which 3 Bedroom(s), Mezzanine, Independent kitchen, Living room, 2 bathrooms, Terrace
      Village centre : 1 km, Beach : 1 km, Shops : 1 km, Supermarket : 15 km
      TOURS : + 50 km.
      – more urban
       
    5. Razay holiday cottages, near the village of Céré-la-Ronde, near Tours & Blois
      http://www.hhfrance.com/Loire_Centre/3719_Razay/3719_razay.html
      The Stables
      5 double bedrooms (one with kingsize bed), 2 of the bedrooms are in the adjoining tower.
      2 shower rooms.
      Large modern kitchen / living / dining room.
      village of Céré-la-Ronde is only a 5 minute bike ride away and has a small epicerie, patisserie and bar/restaurant.
      The city of Tours (airport) is 45 minutes – southeast of Tours, northeast of Loches
       
    6. Cravant les Coteaux, Nr. Chinon
      http://www.ownersdirect.co.uk/france/FR861.htm
      gite – 2 double / 2 bath
      Les Camelias de Pallus
      In the main house, a superb suite for 4/5 people (2+2 one-person-bed 200x80cm) with a bathroom and separate toilets, with private lounge, librairy, and fireplace.

      >>>In the other house, at the ground level, one bedroom with double-bed (190x140cm), bathroom (shower) and separate toilets.
      On the 1st floor, one suite for 4 people (one room with 2 beds 200x90cm and one room with one bed 200x160cm) with a bathroom and separate toilets.
      This house can also be rented per week for 4 or 6 persons (it has a kitchen and a living room).
      Tours 50km
      Chinon 10km
      http://www.lescamelias.fr/index.htm
       

    7. Moulin de Malicorne
      http://www.ownersdirect.co.uk/france/FR2216.htm
      2 double / 1bath 1 shower 2 toilets
      The main house
      http://www.loiremoulin.com/html/france_vacation_rental_home.htm
      415-665-1299 (Pacific time zone) or maureen@healycom.com. To reserve the moulin, please print and fill out the Reservation form below, then mail it with your 25% deposit check to: Maureen Healy; 880 Ashbury St.; San Francisco, CA 94117 USA.
      Tours, Chinon, and Loches are within a 30 minute
      ? too far south
       
    8. L’Isle Auger
      http://www.homelidays.com/chambourg-indre/house-villa6811en1.htm
      3 double bed / 1 bathroom, 2 separate toilets
      island – very cool
      every thing like bedding is extra??
      Loches : 4 km
      http://isleauger.free.fr/English/index.html
       
    9. http://www.gite.com/la-ketmie
      4 (2 doubles) / 2
      A 400 year old stone house, restored to a high standard, backing onto the River Creuse, near the Loire Valley.
       
    10. La Rue Vaslin – 35km from Saumur, Tours Airport (41.31 km)
      http://www.frenchconnections.co.uk/for_holiday_makers/accommodation/106955.cfm
      three immaculate and spacious one bedroom gites
      NE of Tours
       
    11. La Croix Joreau – twenty minute drive north of Saumur
      http://www.lacroixjoreau.com/index.htm
      several cottages and apartments
       
    12. La Prairie
      The bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms
      3 B&B rooms or two Gites (cottages) which may be rented for a minimum of 3 nights.
      three rooms can also be rented as a self-catering Gite on a weekly basis
      ten minutes from Saumur ?? too far west
      http://www.vrbo.com/28220
       
    13. Chateau de la Epinay
      http://www.chateau-epinay.com/en/alentours.php
      interesting hotel – not self-catering
       
    14. Les Petites Cigognes
      http://www.gite.com/petites-cigognes
      Le Grebe, which sleeps up to eight guests in four bedrooms (two doubles and two twin), and Le Pluvier, which can accommodate up to six in three bedrooms (two doubles and one twin).
      rural
       
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