The nearest village with shops is Villedieu la Blouère, which has a post office, a bakery, a small supermarket and is only a 2 minute drive away (and an easy bike ride). St Philbert en Mauges is a similar distance but has no shops. St Macaire en Mauges is about 10 minutes away by car and has a bakery, a patisserie and a much larger supermarket. Cholet is 20 minutes away and has all the usual amenities you would expect to find in a large town, including a hypermarket and a fantastic leisure centre with several pools and an ice rink.
Aside from enjoying life at the Chateau Cendrillon and its surroundings, guests have plenty of options when it comes to excursions. The following are just a few suggestions:
Enjoyable day trips include the famous cities of Nantes, Angers, Tours and Saumur, where you can visit their châteaux, abbeys and museums, among other attractions.
The Saumur region is famous for its troglodyte caves and many have been turned into fascinating tourist attractions. These are a fantastic option if the weather is wet or too hot, as the caves are dry and maintain a constant temperature year round. Among these, the Zoo de Doué, home to 500 animals, is located in an old quarry and has made excellent use of the caves in forming the zoo. The Museé du Champignon (mushroom museum) at St-Hilaire-St-Florent has made innovative use of the caves through mushroom production. Nearby, the Parc Miniature Pierre et Lumière is an unique attraction. Many of the most well-known sites of the Loire valley have been carved out of tufa stone by a Breton sculptor. Châteaux, towns, villages and churches have been sculpted in the finest detail, with the most dramatic being a bas-relief of the nearby town of Saumur, 12 metres long by 2 metres high.
Saumur is also home to Le Cadre Noir, one of the most prestigious horsemanship schools in the world, whose equestrian display team holds regular performances.
It goes without saying that there are many vineyards in the Loire region which you can visit for wine tastings, and they range from large commercial wineries to small farms.
One of France's major tourist attractions, Le Puy du Fou, is less than an hour away. Its medieval themed ‘park’ includes an impressively large Roman amphitheatre with chariots, fighting gladiators, jousting knights on horseback, falconry and much more. In the summer they have evening sound and light shows.
While the Loire is famous for its river, wines and 1001 châteaux, for those who wish to dip a toe in the Atlantic, it is about an hour and a half to Pornic, the nearest seaside resort, a trip to which makes a fun day out and provides an opportunity to sample wonderful fresh French seafood – speciality moules et frites.
Cyclists can take advantage of the ‘Loire á vélo’ – currently 400km of maintained trails and cycle routes along the Loire River. The plan is to extend the route to cover 800 km. There are many bike rental places along the route for those who haven’t brought their own bicycles with them. The trails are easy to follow, and it is a carefree way to pass the day through the unspoiled rural towns and villages of the Loire Valley.
Clisson is a medieval town which has a popular food market on Fridays and is a picturesque place to wander around. It has a ruined château open to the public.
Shoppers will be thrilled to discover La Séguiniere, an enormous factory outlet village, home to 80 major brands, from fashion and sports to kitchenware, as well as a chocolate shop which offers free samples.
The Japanese Gardens (Parc Oriental) at Maulévrier are a wonderful place to visit, especially for young families, as children under 12 go free. Originally built in 1899 but then left to decay, a restoration programme started in the 1980's has resulted in stunning garden filled with Japanese architecture, bridges, water features and traditional Japanese trees. The gardens are the largest of their kind in Europe.
The Glissé leisure centre in Cholet offers spectacular sports facilities, including an ice rink and an 8 pool indoor/outdoor swimming complex, with slides, diving pools, fun pools and a beach.
|Nearest Ferry port
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Villedieu la blouere