Our village Pouançay and neighbouring St Leger de Montbrillais
Set within our pretty wine producing village is the Trésor Belge, a reputed seafood restaurant (Belgique), only walking distance from La Bellevue. Alongside serving lunch and dinner, popular is their 'happy hour' where Belguim beers (en pression) can be enjoyed sat in their pretty garden.
Closed Monday & Tuesday.
St Leger de Montbrillais
2kms from Pouançay, a quiet lane through vines, sunflower fields and troglodyte caves will lead you to the village of St Leger de Montbrillais. Here you will find a post office, hairdresser, Boulangerie (closed Wednesday, ask for the baguette named 'La Tradition'). A highly reputed Boucher (butcher) much favoured by ourselves (try the rillettes d’oie and be prepared to queue on a Sunday morning!), alongside a little tabac (bar).
Montreuil-Bellay - Saumur - Places to Visit
(8kms). The pretty medieval town of Montreuil-Bellay boasts a magnificent fairy tale Château whose impressive wall encloses the town centre today.
An abundance of flower blooms throughout spring to the early months of winter, Montreuil-Bellay is a pretty town to discover.
Host to a weekly market and a monthly Brocante (flea-market) there are a number of interesting restaurants to discover, the Château to visit and a lovely picnic area, shaded by trees, set along the edge of the river Thouet which flows through the town… while eating your baguettes the ducks will pay you a visit hoping for some crumbs!
(25kms). Twined with Warwick, England and Verden, Germany. The historical town of Saumur is set along the banks of the Loire river. Host to a fabulous Saturday market Saumur is also home to the famous Cadre Noir, the National Equestrian School of the elite French Cavalry, whose remarkable horsemanship can been seen at shows between April & October.
Activities, exhibitions and wine festivals are scheduled throughout the year. Saumur’s a worthy visit, if not only to see the Cadre Noir and the impressive Château, which has been lovingly restored, but to also enjoy the beauty of this stunning river side town in the heart of the Loire Valley, France.
Places to Visit
Discover local fresh food markets. Weekend brocantes (flea-markets), and the quaint villages set along the edge of the Loire river. Explore too, an exceptional Bioparc in Doué la Fontaine. Hire a kayak/canoe or take a river boat ride along the Loire river from Montreuil-Bellay, Saumur and Chinon.
Visit spectacular rose gardens, direction Cholet or potter around the historical Châteaux dominated 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!