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Loire Gites in Maine-et-Loire

Maine-et-Loire, France

Maine et Loire France

Maine et Loire France

There are many Loire gites in Maine-et-Loire to choose from, unsurprising given that the Maine-et-Loire department is home to some of the most spectacular chateaux in France!

Maine et Loire’s present name is drawn from the former province of Maine and the Loire River, which runs through it.

The major city of Angers boasts its own chateau and the Apocalypse tapestry, the largest tapestry in the world.  Close by is the Cointreau distillery and musuem, which produces the orange liqueur, a mainstay of many cocktails, but try adding it to a chocolate mousse for a special treat!

A little further east along the Loire lies the majestic town of Saumur, most famous for its sparkling wines and home to the superb Cadre Noire, the equestrian display team.  Not to mention the chateau, perched high above the town and commanding spectacular views of the area.

 

A few miles south-east of Saumur lies the impressive Fontevraud Abbey, dating from the 12th century. It is here you will find the tombs of the Plantaganet dynasty, including Henry II, Eleanor of Aquitaine and Richard the Lionheart.

The area is also famous for its troglodyte dwellings carved out of the local tufa stone.  The Loire has the largest concentration of this type of dwelling in France. A great example is found at Rochemenier, a troglodyte village, now a museum showing a way of life that existed until the late 1930s. The caves are still in use today for businesses such as quirky boutiques, wine cellars and hotels.