Overview of attractions in the region
The region is rich in activity including:
  • Magnificent Chateaux of the Loire

  • Regional Natural Park of Brenne, Zoo Parc de Beauval at St Aignan (Loir et Cher)

  • Futuroscope is a theme park based upon multimedia cinematographic projection and audio-visual techniques. It has several 3D cinemas along with other attractions and shows, some of which are the only examples in the world.

  • World Heritage site with dozens of beautiful Chateaux within an easy drive of Les Deux Platanes

    Poitiers is home to Futuroscope, a fabulous day out for all the family - visit the Futuroscope website for more details
    Website: http://uk.futuroscope.com

    One of the most famous zoo's in France is close to Les Deux Platanes

    Website: www.zoobeauval.com
    The roads of France are a joy for motoring on two or four wheels and the roads of central France are no exception. From the cottage you can travel on wonderful quiet roads discovering all that is best of rural France. The restaurants' and café's, beautiful unspoilt villages and the world heritage area of the Loire Valley are waiting for your visit.

    Fancy a game of GOLF?

    We are fortunate in having a range of courses close to Les Deux Platanes. The best course (according to golfing friends and past guests ) is the Val de l'Indre Golf Club situated at Parc du Château, Villedieu sur Indre. This is 35 minutes' drive from the cottage. 18 holes and par 72.



    Val de I'Indre Gold Club has a restaurant and all the facilities you would normally expect of a good course.

    A smaller course is also available near Loches.

    Fancy a canoe experience?

    The yachting Club at Monrichard offers a range of opportunities for families or individuals to enjoy and explore the rivers Cher and the beautiful Loire via a range of different canoes.

    These can be hired by the hour or for the day. There is also a selection of journeys you can make along the rivers and enjoying the historic towns and villages on the journey. Put together a picnic and have a full day exploring a route of your choice via canoe or the larger Canadian canoe.

    The website has full details, diagrams on line contact form and full price information.


    The chart below gives an indication of the facilities close to the cottage. The modern leisure pool at Chatillion sur Indre has all the facilities for young and young at heart including spa pool and fun slide for children.

    Activities and distances in Kilometres:

    The Brenne Parc Naturel Regional
    Where is it?
    30 minute drive South
    What is it?
    This park, created in 1989, covers 160,000 hectares and is made up of a mixture of habitat types: water, woodland, heaths and meadows. It is one of France's most important inland wetlands.

    The park will appeal to people with diverse interests:
    It is possible to see purple heron; black-necked grebe; bittern; marsh harrier, whiskered tern as well as many species of duck.
    There are kilometres of quiet roads or shaded woodlands to suit all types of cyclists, whether experienced or not.
    Red and Roe deer are hunted from September to March. The wildfowl (mainly duck) season is mid-August to February. Smaller game is hunted between late September and the start of January.
    Hiking circuits pass many of the privately owned lakes and it is possible to purchase the routes for these from the Maison du Parc (details later). Many walks also have conveniently situated information boards providing details on the wildlife and landscape.
    River fishing and classic lake fishing are available, as well as no-kill carp fishing in some of the lakes.
    Horse-riding, Rock-climbing and pot-holing/cavingare also available.
    The Bellebouche Leisure Centre
    The Bellebouche Leisure Centre has many fun activities for families, including swimming, canoeing, sailboards and pedalos to name a few.

    The lakes are home to huge quantities of fish and these are farmed between October and March. 2000 metric tons of fish are produced of which 65% is Carp, most of which is exported. Restaurants in the area serve a variety of local fish.
    Maison du Parc
    For any visitor to the Parc, a must is a trip to the Maison du Parc which is the main Visitor Centre. Here you will find exhibitions, slide shows and information about the wildlife to be seen.

    It is possible to buy many locally produced articles, and if you are hungry, a small bar serves delicious snacks made from local produce (Carp frites, farmers salad, to name two).

    At weekends and everyday in high season there is an expert naturalist available who can give details of where and how to see local flora and fauna.

    More information in English is available on the website: www.parc-naturel-brenne.fr

    Where is it?
    45 minutes North
    What is it?
    For much of the 15th and 16th centuries, Amboise was a favourite residence of the French kings, although much of the original chateau has now gone. Enough remains, however, to give the visitor a flavour of the glittering life enjoyed by the courtiers.

    Perhaps the most famous resident of Amboise was Leonardo da Vinci who arrived there as painter, engineer and architect to Francois 1. He lived in the Manoir du Clos-Lucé which now houses an impressive collection of his drawings and full-size models of some of his inventions.

    Amboise boasts a large Sunday morning market, selling everything from plants and flowers to local cheeses and bread with a huge range of items - including the kitchen table - in-between.

    More information about Amboise can be found on the official tourist web-site: www.amboise-valdeloire.com

    Visit Loire and Touraine Vineyards from Les Deux Platanes
    Red, white, rosé or fizz, its all here from tiny specialist producers to large sophisticated vineyards. The nearest award-winning vineyards are about half an hour away - and there are lots more in the region. Quincy, Reuilly, Chinon, St Nicholas de Bourgeuil, Sancerre, Menetou-Salon, Pouilly-fume, Sauvignon blanc, Vouvray, are all within easy reach of the gite.

    We can suggest itineraries which include small country restaurants to make your day out complete, or you can arrange for Maureen to take you on one of her wine tours, a full day out including lunch at a typical country restaurant. See details in 'Extra experiences and services'.

    Driving in Central France from Les Deux Platanes
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