Our village Pouançay and neighbouring St Leger de Montbrillais

Pouançay

Just a quick walk from La Bellevue is the reputed restaurant Trésor Belge open for lunch, dinner and ‘happy hour’ between 5pm & 7pm (closed Mon & Tue).  A scenic walk, 9km or 12km, is mapped and starts in front of the Mairie passing by vines and troglodyte caves, while a leisurely potter to the Table d’Orientation, particularly spectacular at sun-set, gives an impressive 360° view of the surrounding area, highlighting châteaux and points of interest.

 

St Leger de Montbrillais 

(2kms) neighbouring Pouançay is a great little village for pick-up’s, St Leger has a post office, hairdresser, boulangerie (closed Wed), and a highly reputed boucher much favored by ourselves, we highly recommend trying the rillettes d’oie, and be prepared to queue on a Sunday morning!


Montreuil-Bellay - Saumur - Places to Visit

Montreuil-Bellay

(8kms) boasts a magnificent château whose impressive walls circle the town today.

 

A weekly market and monthly brocante (flea-market) there are also a variety of brasseries and restaurants to choose from. 

 

Hire a kayak/canoe and spend time on the river, Le Thouet.  Visit the château, take a tour, sample their wines and picnic on a lovely grassed area shaded by trees at the edge of the river.

Saumur

(25kms) twined with Warwick, England and Verden, Germany. 

 

Stretching along the banks of the Loire river, its famous château sitting high above the town, Saumur is a delight to discover.  A weekly market, monthly brocante, activities, exhibitions and wine festivals held throughout the year.  Saumur is also home to the Cadre Noir, the National Equestrian School of the elite French Cavalry whose remarkable horsemanship can be seen at shows between April & October. 

Places to Visit

Discover fresh food markets, weekend brocantes (flea-markets), chocolate box villages on the banks of the Loire river.  Explore the gardens of Villandry, the exceptional Bioparc in Doué, take a boat ride along the Loire, sample local wines, discover The Plantagenets and visit the châteaux towns of Amboise, Angers, Azay le Rideau, Brézé, Brissac-Quincé, Candes St. Martin, Chenonceau, Chinon, Fontevraud l'Abbaye, Langeais, Loches, Montsoreau, Montreuil-Bellay, Saumur, Richelieu, Tours, Ussé, Villandry - all of which make a fabulous day out!