Useful informations

Charming cottage near Chenonceaux

The region

The Loire Valley is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is one of the most visited regions in France, with famous chateaux, some dating back to the Middle Ages, but most are from Renaissance times. More than fifty chateaux are within easy visiting distance from the Domaine du Mesnil, for example Chenonceaux, Amboise, Cheverny, Chaumont, Chambord, Villandry, Langeais, Ussé, Azay-le-Rideau, Nitray, Fougères-sur-Bièvre, Montpoupon, Montrésor, la Chartreuse du Liget, the Royal Fortress of Chinon, the Royal City of Loches, Beauregard, Villesavin, Troussay and Valençay.

While the banks of the Loire have been built up to avoid flooding, the river has retained its natural beauty with sandbanks, plant life, islands and islets, and the magnificent light reflected in the water.

Le Domaine du Mesnil estate is also close to the River Cher, one of the tributaries of the Loire; the Cher valley extends from Tours in the west and Saint-Aignan and Selles-sur-Cher in the east, near the picturesque Canal de Berry. A short distance away is Romorantin and the Sologne, an area renowned for game.

The Val de Loire and Touraine are wine-growing regions producing both red (e.g. Bourgueil and Chinon) and white (e.g. Montlouis and Vouvray), as well as red Gamay and Cabernet, white Sauvignon and rosé Pineau d’Aunis. This area, known as the “Garden of France”, produces vegetables, wild mushrooms, asparagus and excellent fruit such as strawberries easily found in markets in towns and villages. The region is also famous for its goat’s-milk cheese (Sainte-Maure, Selles-sur-Cher, Valençay) and freshwater fish (pike-perch, northern pike, catfish and carp).










Culture, leisure, discovery, sport, fine food and fine wine.

Cultural activities Chateaux and sites of interest plus troglodyte caves (originally mushroom houses), a silkworm house (Bourré), the Wine Museum and Fine Arts Museum in the city of Tours, Maison de la Loire (Montlouis), Pagode de Chanteloup, Clos Lucé de Léonard de Vinci (Amboise), Château de Saché (Balzac museum), the Priory of Saint-Cosme where Ronsard once lived, the Château de Valmer vegetable garden, Chaumont and the Château du Grand Pressigny (museum of prehistoric times).

Leisure & Discovery

– Animal reserves : Beauval Zoo, Aquarium de Touraine, Beaumarchais d’Autrèche Reserve.
– Hot-air balloon excursions : Chenonceaux and Amboise.
– Boating on the Cher and Loire.
– Fishing : weekly or daily itineraries along the Cher.
– Forest hiking : Amboise and Loches.


– Tennis : Montrichard (on the left bank of the Cher).
 Horse-riding : château du Gué Péan, Ecurie de la Bouamerie, Ferme du Plessis.
– Golf courses : Cheverny, Choussy-sur-Cisse.
– Water sports : canoes, kayaks and pedal-paddleboats are available for rental in Montrichard and Saint-Aignan during the summer season.
– Cycling : bicycles are available for rental in Montrichard and at certain chateaux.

Food & Wine

The Val de Loire and Touraine regions are renowned for freshwater fish, delicatessen meats (Andouillette, Rillons, Rillettes, Pâtés) and goat’s milk cheese (Sainte-Maure, Selles-sur-Cher, Valençay), and also for fresh fruit and vegetables. Many vineyards and wine cellars are near Saint-Georges-sur-Cher, often with wine tasting on the property.


Local addresses

Tourist Offices

Programmes and times change according to the season, so it is a good idea to check with the local tourist Office for up-to-date information.

– Montrichard Tourist Office (tel: (+33/0)2 54 32 05 10)
– Chenonceaux Tourist Office ((+33/0)2 47 23 94 45 et

Tourist offices can provide information on local events, shows, theatre, visits and sporting activities.