Stay in the other chateaux owned by the family :

You will find the same spirit of welcome from my brother François in Champigné (25 Km North of Angers) at the Château des Briottières which is a grand XVIIIth century family property : www.briottieres.com. Also, near Alençon, enjoy a similar welcome at the home of my brother Charles-Henry, in Saint-Paterne : www.chateau-saintpaterne.com. Charles-Henry, as well as being a fine chef, is also the author of several fine recipe books.

The family « welcome virus » stroke the younger generation : our daughter Alix and her family will be delighted to host you in her Bed & Breakfast « de charme » near Compiegne, North of Roissy-Charles de Gaulle (no trafic jams to the airport !).
http://b.and.b.jonquieres.free.fr : Alix also provides cooking lessons - www.privatekitchen.fr


Visit Saumur and its surroundings :

To organize your stay in Verrieres and get information about local events : the Tourist Center www.saumur-tourisme.com.
We advise you to visit :
The Royal Abbey of Fontevraud with its outstanding architecture, its polychrome effigies of the Plantagenet kings (Richard Lion Heart and Alienor of Aquitaine) and its exhibitions www.abbaye-fontevraud.com
The National School of Equitation you can attend one of the traditional rehearsals of the prestigious Cadre Noir www.cadrenoir.fr



The charming castles which are inhabited that can be visited :

The feodal château of Montreuil-Bellay : www.chateau-montreuil-bellay.com
The Château de Ternay www.chateau-de-ternay.com
Go down into the earth to see the troglodyte fortress of the château de Brézé www.chateaudebreze.com
Brissac http://www.chateau-brissac.fr/
Serrant www.chateau-serrant.net
Gizeux www.chateaudegizeux.com

those where you can be host :

The Château de Ternay www.chateau-de-ternay.com
Gizeux www.chateaudegizeux.com
Crémille (the family which built Verrières) www.chateaudecremille.fr
and near Fontainebleau, the château de Bourron www.bourron.fr

Our favorite caves :

Langlois-Chateau www.langlois-chateau.fr
Gratien & Meyer www.gratienmeyer.com
Distillery Combier museum www.combier.fr
In town : Caves de Grenelle : www.caves-de-grenelle.fr
Bouvet-Ladubay : www.bouvet-ladubay.fr
Savennières : the château des Vaults www.savennieres-closel.com


The Loire Valley Chateaux :

Between Saumur and Tours, less than an hour away :
Azay- le–Rideau «a pure jewel miring itself in the river Indre» www.monum.fr/m_azay
The magnificent gardens of Villandry www.chateauvillandry.com
The Clos Luce where Leonard de Vinci lived : it displays some of his extraordinary inventions www.vinci-closluce.com
Your children’s favourite : the château d’Ussé, which revives the world of the Sleeping Beauty www.tourisme.fr/usse
East of Tours, at 1h30 de Saumur, our personal favourite : the château de Chenonceau : www.chenonceau.com


Your children will particularly enjoy :

the zoo of Doué la Fontaine www.zoodoue.fr
The troglodyte cave museums : The mushroom Museum www.musee-du-champignon.com and Pierre & Lumière, with its stone carvings, reduced replicas of many of the monuments of the Saumur region : www.pierre-et-lumiere.com
The biggest tanks museum in Europe with a very popular chidren’s section : www.musee-des-blindes.asso.fr


For antique collectors :

The Saumur Auctioneer : www.laperraudiere.com   It is from the Auction hall that we (almost entirely) refurnished Verrieres !


For riding lovers :

Visit the National Riding School (E.N.E) www.cadrenoir.fr
Come and see the riding masters at work and, if you fancy riding, clubs will provide horses for hacks or lessons.


For golf players :

Golf of Saumur (9 hole course) : Tél. 02 41 50 87 00
Golf of Baugé (18 hole course) : Tél. 02 41 89 01 27
Golf of Loudun www.golf-loudun.com

For cyclists :

The « La Loire à Velo » the well signposted touristic bicycle lane from Tours to Angers gets through Saumur, and is within cycling distance from Verrières.

On the Loire :

- Sailing and rowing clubs
- Boat tours on the Loire www.loiredelumiere.com Loire boating (boats to hire) www.loire-nature.com


For tennis players :

Saumur-Bagneux Tennis courts : 02 41 67 43 11


In the airs :

Saumur airfield : Tél. 02 41 50 20 27
Flying sightseeing over the Loire Valley and its chateaux
Sky diving and gliding

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