The beautiful Loire valley has so much to explore.
We are very close to:
Saumur, with its magnificent castle, cobbled streets, equestrian and wine-making traditions. In itself Saumur merits a long weekend visit; ideal in the spring and autumn.
Brissac, amongst the most impressive Loire valley castles with extensive grounds.
Brézé, with its huge underground fortress below the château
Montgeoffroy château; a rare 18th century gem.
A beautiful small “Village de Charme” and “Petit Cité de Carectère” the ancient river port of Cunault clusters around the Notre-Dame de Cunault priory church, it’s square and the riverside. The Romanesque priory has carved capitals, old frescoes and a polychromatic Pietà; it was an important pilgrimage site in the middle ages.
In July and August, the Cunault priory church and the Trèves-Cunault Romanesque church host a classical music festival named “Heures Musicales de Cunault”.
Art in Cunault: there is an active group of artists, sculptors and photographers led by Garry Smart, see their website at “Art on the Loire”.
The forested plateau behind the village was one of the first inhabited places of the Saumur region, with traces of Gallic and Roman occupation and archaeological remains dating from the stone age.
There is a tourist office opposite the priory, and the riverside bar / restaurant À Contre-Courant provides excellent simple meals with fresh local ingredients.
There are a host of delightful riverside towns and villages where historic barges are often moored on the cobbled quaysides and cafes and restaurants overlook the river. Candes St Martin, Le Thoreil and Chouze Sur Loire are among our favourite ( and Cunault itself of course!).
A number of historic barges provide river tours; lunch often included.