There is such a huge variety of things to do in the region that it is not possible to do justice to all of them here so we have picked a few of our favourites. Centred on the mighty UNESCO World Heritage classified Loire river, our guests can zig-zag through a veritable cornucopia of terrific things to see and do from the thrill of the Le Mans racing circuit to the astonishing horsemanship of the Cadre Noire Riding School; from a family day out at Joyful Valley Lake to a leap back in history at Saumur Castle.
Perfectly situated between the thriving cities along the Loire, Château de Jalesnes makes the ideal home-base for discovering the surrounding area. Get a true taste of French culture while enjoying the relaxed atmosphere of the local cafes, farmers-markets, antique shops, and town squares. Angers, Saumur, Tours, Chinon, and many more charming French villages are easily accessible from the château, giving you the opportunity to plan a range of culture rich day-trips.
Châteaux of the Loire
It is for its châteaux that the Loire Valley is rightly famous and with thousands of architectural gems bearing witness to generations of intrigue, lust and avarice you will be spoilt for choice. While the surrounding area plays host to some of the most famous and iconic châteaux in France, don’t miss the opportunity to also discover the smaller châteaux that also have fascinating histories and give more intimate insights into the socio-economic life of whole communities over centuries.
What could possibly rival the châteaux of the Loire? The wines perhaps? Château de Jalesnes was the family home of one of the region’s founding vintners – Ackerman – who brought the now famous sparkling wine or Cremant to the Loire using the champagne method of manufacture. Also not to be missed is the distillery of Combier, with its ancient steaming copper stills; the wonderful wines of Parnay where the vines are grown through south facing stone walls with the roots taking respite from the sun on the North side and not forgetting the region’s only Grand Cru – the sweet Quarts de Chaume.
Young at Heart
The Loire Valley is not just full of historic château and vineyards for adults to enjoy; it’s absolutely ‘chocca’ with things to amuse the child in all of us. With over 1000 animals roaming freely in an abandoned troglodyte quarry, BioParc of Doué la Fontaine is one of the area’s finest ecologically-friendly attractions. The estate of Closluce showcases working models of the inventions of Leonardo da Vinci. At Puy du Fou, you’ll witness enchanting spectacles that will bring you back to the time of knights and princesses. Finally the theme-park of Futuroscope will dazzle your imagination and satisfy your need for excitement.
Adventure and Outdoor
Whether you a walker or a cyclist; are into golfing or horse-riding, the Loire Valley has something to offer everyone. Why not use Château de Jalesnes as a base for cycling tour in the Loire, or simple enjoy a run or stroll through the surrounding forests of the château. And don’t forget the adrenaline rush which comes with hot-air ballooning, parachuting, kayaking and parcours, all of which are available from the château.