Step outside your elegant, luxury hotel and into the fascinating commune of Montbazon. Surrounded by rolling countryside, woodland and vineyards, the delights of the Loire Valley are on the doorstep. Sail along the river and marvel at castles, fortresses and the famed chateaux. Visit a winery and sample local grapes at a private wine tasting session. And with the medieval town of Tours nearby, you can combine a country retreat with the culture of a city break.
Lush countryside and legendary vineyards on the banks of L’Indre.
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Explore towns and villages full of unspoilt character, not to mention the stunning chateaux. Chateau de Villandry with its glorious formal gardens is just 16km away from Montbazon. Or you could meander through the town of Tours and its charming, café-dotted Place Plumereau.
Sancerre, Puilly-Fumé, Muscadet, Anjou, Saumur and Vouvray are just some of wines produced in this area. Amongst such diversity, there is still a distinct regional character – a crisp, fresh fruitiness – particularly associated with younger wines. Enjoy a glass or two with fine dining at its Gallic best.
As you savour the atmosphere and grand chateaux around Montbazon, one ancient landmark rears dramatically over the woods and watches over the river Indres below. This is Donjon, reputedly the oldest castle in France. Built by Folk Nerra, Count of Anjou, it’s an imposing Medieval keep with a 19th-century addition – a vast statue of the Virgin Mary.
Stroll along Montbazon’s Rue des Moulins and step inside the church of Notre Dame. Modest from the outside, the interior is truly beautiful.
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