The zoo at Doué le Fontaine is located in a series of excavated limestone quarries. It has an enviable reputation for conservation and breeding; with many enclosures using the natural terrain without bars. A real favourite for young visitors!
For a family day out we are just 100 km from the famous Puy du Fou historical park; most popular in France after disneyland Paris!
The Loire is the “vegetable basket of France”; and also famous for its goats cheese, river fish, mushrooms, pork and rillettes. You can find superb produce at our many traditional local markets; Saumur, Bourgueil, Beaufort en Vallée, Chinon, Brissac-Quincé and more.
There are a number of antiques markets too; notably the monthly Sunday market on the quay at Montsoreau.
We are nestled between a multitude of “appelations”; from the famous western loire dry white wines, the deliciously sweet produce of the Layon valley, the famous sparkling Saumur and the light red wines of Saumur Champigny, Bourgueil, St Nicholas and Chinon.
Many wine growers are delighted to welcome you in their caves; we can share our favourite places to visit and taste.
The Cadre Noir of Saumur equestrian centre and French National Riding School lie close behind Cunault on the coteaux.
They make a fascinating visit; especially to experience one of the spectacular musical dressage displays.
There are extensive way-marked footpaths and bridleways in the surrounding forested grounds too, hacking can be arranged at local riding centres and great for walkers too of course.
We are perfectly situated for overnight stays if you are coming to the Loire to attend or visit the National Riding School.
Just a few kilometres away, in an exceptional setting, bordered by trees, pond and alleys on a gently rolling terrain, you will find the high-quality 9-hole Golf de Saumur. Whatever your skill level, you will find beautiful surroundings here to enjoy a round of golf.
A day by canoe along the river is an unforgettable experience; “going with the flow” downstream requires remarkably little effort and the hire companies provide transport for a one-way trip!
Cunault is well known in the region as a centre for hiking.
Grande Route 3 passes through the village and right down the side of our gardens at Beauregard.
The way-marked routes from Cunault-Trèves-Chênehuete encompass the wooded coteaux with its gallo-romanic remains and étang de Joureau; and the escarpment and riverside, both with panoramic views.