This chateau is on a small island where the River Indre forks. The château was designed by René de Maillé and was built between 1526 and 1530.
In the 1890s, the château was a romantic setting for famous sculptors, Rodin and Camille Claudel, who frequently stayed at the chateau for secret rendezvous’, as the lovers were unmarried.
Nearby is the famous sister chateau, Azay le Rideau, since it is similar in architecture. Both chateaux are well worth a visit where you will be able to take photographs of two beautiful chateaux.
The Chateau D’Ussé – The fairy tale chateau immortalized by Perrault in his story of Sleeping Beauty. A magical experience.
The Royal Fortress of Chinon, where Joan of Arc persuaded the dauphin, the future Charles VII to allow Joan to inspire the French army to seize and deliver Orleans and other strategic places. The rest is history! The Fortress ruin is well worth a visit and the views across Chinon and the Vienne river are a joy!
Also a visit to Fontevraud Abbey is an enchanting experience.
The Chinonais is an area renowned for its wines. Many activities around the vineyard are offered, in particular by the House of Wines and Tourism of Beaumont-en-Véron.
The "Loire à vélo" passes through the peninsula of Véron, a green setting between the Loire and the Vienne. Many paths or themed routes to discover through forests, vineyards, banks of river. A fabulous bicyclette experience!
Discover the Loire and the Vienne by canoe or on horseback. Please ask us for details if you are interested.