Chenonceau, (left) Chambord, Langeais, Azay Le Rideau  Loches and Blois are all easily accessible. Visitors can soak up the atmosphere of a bygone age.


Amboise, (seen left) offers shops and chateaux within walking distance of each other. As well as the chateau in the town centre, you can walk to Chateau du Clos Luce where Leonardo da Vinci spent the last years of his life. Explore full size working models of some of Leonardo’s inventions in the extensive grounds and you can take a boat ride on the river. You’ll get an insight into why Leonardo is still considered a genius today.

The stylish and cosmopolitan city of Tours offers wonderful shopping, sightseeing and super places to eat. You can enjoy an open air meal in the medieval old town. Take a stroll around one of the many outdoor markets for souvenirs and must have bargains.

Places to Visit

Cherry Tree Cottage is in a lovely quiet spot offering total peace and privacy. A relaxing holiday awaits...

...but if you want to explore further afield it is handily placed to explore the historic chateaux in the Loire Valley, also known as The Valley of the Kings. The beautiful towns of Amboise, Tours and Le Mans are well worth a visit.

Between June and September, there are festivals, fairs and some fireworks in most towns and villages. Indulge yourself sampling local food and wine and enjoy the live entertainment on warm summer evenings. You’ll come back with some great memories!


Chateau du Loir is a  town, around  15 minutes drive away.  It has a Saturday market, artisan shops and a large hypermarket as well as other supermarkets and small food shops. There are also several restaurants in and around the town square. You can experience a different pace of life to the hustle and bustle of the UK.

Chateau la Valliere is around 10 minutes drive away and has traditional French food shops such as boulangerie, epicerie, and patisserie open throughout the week and on Sunday mornings.

It also has good supermarkets, restaurants and a weekly market. There’s a large swimming lake with boats for when you’re feeling energetic.


Le Mans
The world famous Le Mans circuit with its car and bike races is only 40 minutes away. It has magnificent shopping, a marvellous car museum. and a charming medieval quarter brimming with history - including the tombs of 3 English monarchs. A must see for history buffs, car enthusiasts and eager shoppers.

More Tourist Information...
Both Chateau du Loir and Chateau la Valliere have tourist information
offices where you’ll find lots of brochures and information on more places to visit.

Coast - Le Croisic & La Baule
If you fancy a visit to the coast, the swish seaside resorts of  Le Croisic & La Baule
are 2.5 to 2.75 hrs drive west. Le Croisic (think 1950’s small idyllic fishing village)
has harbour front restaurants and gift shops. sandy coves, shallow water and plenty
of easy parking all around. It has a renowned Oceanarium,
with sharks, and a
Michelin plate restaurant called “L’Ocean” on one beach. Hotels at all prices for an
overnight stay. La Baule is a much bigger resort and has a huge stretch of sandy
beach with cafes and activities.

Le Croisic
Le Croisic