Discover the Loire Valley sites
Discover the Loire Valley:
The castles and monuments of the Loire
Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Loire Valley is a region rich in exceptional sites and historical monuments.
Situated at 18 km from the Château de Chenonceau, 10 km from Tours or Amboise, 15 km from Villandry and 30 km from Chaumont, the Château de la Bourdaisière is at the centre for exploring most of the beautiful sites in the Loire Valley.
Some highlights in the region to discover:
The historic city of Amboise is at 13km from the castle. Historic town centre, pedestrian streets, quays along the Loire and beautiful market on Sunday morning.
The Château du Clos Lucé – Leonardo da Vinci
2km from the Amboise castle, the Clos Lucé was the last home of Leonardo da Vinci. His inventions during the Renaissance are presented during the visit.
Royal Domain of Château Gaillard
Located 250 meters from Clos Lucé, this castle reopened 3 years ago after 6 years of renovation. Dom Pacello acclimatised the first orange trees in France for Francis I. The latter gave the domain to Dom Pacello in 1515 for the exchange of an annual bouquet of orange blossoms. http://www.chateau-gaillard-amboise.fr/
24km east of La Bourdaisière, Chenonceau Castle is built on the banks of the Cher. There is a good choice of restaurants in the village.
Chaumont sur Loire – Renaissance palace, park & gardens
The castle is first and foremost famous, but around 10 years ago, the most important activity has been the reflection of the gardens and the landscape. The historic grounds, the valley of mists, the International Garden Festival and the experimental garden constitute the most important landscape points of interest. Since 1992, the International Garden Festival has been a laboratory for contemporary garden and landscape design worldwide.
It was during the creative impetus of the first years of reign of Francis I that the castle of Azay was built. Located in Touraine, it is part of the prestigious line of castles of the Loire Valley, where the kings of France resided for centuries.
Hergé found his inspiration for the Marlinspike Hall. It’s gardens, it’s labyrinth and its 3D Tintin exhibition will provide family and friends with an unforgettable experience.
The gardens of Villandry
Villandry is the last of the great Renaissance castles built on the banks of the Loire. The castle was built in the heart of three levels of terraced gardens. Remarkable for the harmony of the architecture and gardens, this site is best known for its gardens which are a blend of aesthetics, diversity and harmony.
Château de Rivau
Located a few kilometers south of Chinon, the gardens of Rivau are contemporary gardens evolving with the seasons. There is a “Naturalistic Garden”, that changes every day. There are always 2 out of the 14 gardens that are at their peak between April and October. The castle also offers seven luxurious B&B rooms. https://www.chateaudurivau.com/
The city of Tours
12km from La Bourdaisière, the old town of Tours is a bustling centre. Visit the famous Place Plumereau with its half-timbered houses as well as a large choice of restaurants for all tastes!
Other family activities to discover in the region:
• Beauval Zoo Park http://www.zoobeauval.com/
• Futuroscope of Poitiers http://www.futuroscope.com/
• On horseback at the stables of Anadé: www.anade.ffe.com
• In a hot air balloon: www.touraine-montgolfiere.fr
• Golf: a magnificent 18-hole course is only 30 minutes away, at Château de la Touche in Ballan- Miré: www.golfdetouraine.com
More information on the Touraine Loire Valley website : https://www.touraineloirevalley.co.uk/