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Area Attractions

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The magnificent Chenonceau chateau

Le Moulin de Boutineau lies in the ‘Centre’ region of France called Indre-et-Loire, in a secluded countryside setting, but just two kilometres south from the medieval town of Loches, is still within easy reach of all the shops and amenities you might require, plus all the main routes around the region.

This is part of the historical heartland region of Touraine, long renowned as ‘The Garden of France’ and celebrated for its fine wines (Vouvray, Chinon & Bourgueil), delicious goat’s cheese, near-perfect French accent and spectacular royal history.

The nearest major supermarket and a superb patisserie may be only 5 minutes drive away in the village of Perrusson, but Loches is equally close and holds lively morning markets every Wednesday and Saturday.

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Buy local saucisson at Loches market

The colourful stalls are brimming with fresh local fruit and vegetables, amazing cheeses and sausages, plus delicious breads, pastries and spit-roasted chickens, but there are many relaxing cafes if you choose to sit and watch the world go by or enjoy a gourmet lunch at a budget price!

Loches with its maze of cobbled streets is rich in history and one of the best preserved old towns in France. For a spectacular view of the town and surrounds visit the 11th century dungeon and keep as well as the 15th century castle.

All the other major and minor Loire chateaux are within easy reach but graceful Chenonceau – a Renaissance classic on the River Cher and Amboise, towering above one of the prettiest town’s on the Loire are among the most special and rewarding to visit. In the summer many chateaux hold evening ‘son et lumiere’ light or music shows.

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Loches chateau where Joan of Arc visited the Dauphin.

Also within easy reach are golf, tennis and horse riding, or a relaxing walk in the extensive Loches Forest, while the zoo with its wonderful pandas at nearby St Aignan is arguably the best in France. Tours, the capital of Touraine with its stylish shops and cafes is well worth a visit, while the famous Futuroscope theme park is around an hour away, as is the Brenne National Park.

We have lots of leaflets that highlight all these and the many other available attractions of the Loire Valley area or you may choose to visit the helpful Loches Tourist office or see what events are planned by looking up www.loches-tourainecotesud.com on the internet.