Around the local area



Linières Bouton has a 13C church which is worth a visit and, being in the Loire, a chateau - our house is surrounded by the woods belonging to the latter. There is a restaurant which is open at lunchtime - and very popular with guests at La Carrière. The nearest town is 6 km away at Noyant, with restaurants, bars, shops and a supermarket - and a good Friday morning market.  There are similar facilities a few km further away at the ‘twin’ villages of Vernantes and Vernoil, where there is also a fishing lake.


A 15 minute drive takes you to Rillé, where you can spend a very pleasant day, with lots of walks around the lake and nature reserve; there is also a miniature steam train.  Ten minutes beyond Rillé is another lake-centred recreational area at Hommes, with life-guard surveilled swimming and diving.  


There is a pretty route through the typical countryside of our area going north-west. Five minutes takes you to Mouliherne (one of several local towns with a twisted church spire), then  through one of the great forests of France (the Forêt de Chandelais) to Baugé - this is one of our favourite towns in the area, with a very interesting chateau and a good town trail. Then north via Les Rairies, famed for its manufacture of beautiful  baked earth (“terre cuite”) tiles, to Durtal on Le Loir. On Wednesday and Saturday mornings you could go from Baugé to the excellent regional market at La Flêche.


Saumur is 30 km away - with its well justified reputation as one of the prettiest Loire towns, with lots of tourist attractions - amongst them the military academy with its world-famous Cadre Noir horse school, the extraordinary mushroom caves, and visits to the producers of the best sparkling wine outside Champagne.


At a similar distance is Bourgueil. Here you can enjoy a “dégustation” at one of the many vineyards; but make sure not to miss the best market in the region (every Tuesday). There is also a bathing lake near the HyperU on the road out to Chinon.  This road crosses the Loire and there are lots of drives meandering along its banks. Several of the most famous chateaux are within a half hour drive of here - Chinon (which, with its great battlements, is a child's delight); the romantic jewel of Azay-le-Rideau; Ussé, of Sleeping Beauty fame; Villandry, renowned for its formal flower (and vegetable) gardens.  We particularly like Langeais - a good tour round the chateau, more battlements and a drawbridge as well (and a very good Sunday morning market).


If you fancy the bright lights, then our two major towns are Angers and Tours - both less than an hour’s drive from the house - or go by train from Saumur. Theatres, clubs, restaurants and, of course, shops galore.  Perhaps the star attraction of Angers is the magnificent 14thC ‘Apocalypse’ tapestry, one of the largest and oldest tapestries in the world.


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