31 March 2020
There are a vast range of places to stay and to visit in The Loir from beautiful châteaux to spas, ecolodges to a forge – here’s a round up of seven very different choices.
Images courtesy of The Spa Cinq Mondes du Haras de la Potardière
The Spa Cinq Mondes du Haras de la Potardière – La Potardière is located in twelve hectares of woods and parklands and is the perfect place to relax and chill out. There’s 16 “country-chic” styled rooms and suites in the former family home built in the Angevin tradition of the 18th century. The products from Douces Angevines are a local premium brand of pure and living organic cosmetics established over 25 years ago on the banks of the Loir, north of Angers. The effectiveness of the products are a result of carefully handpicked plants and ancestral herbalist traditions.
Image courtesy of Stevan Lira-1
Haute Forge Guest Rooms – In the village of Thoiré-sur-Dinan, an old wheelwright’s premises has been turned into the Haute Forge Guest Rooms – a charming country loft just a few steps away from the Bercé Forest. Enjoying a “back to nature” vibe, the views across the valley are stunning with five rooms around a swimming-pool. There is a tea room with a fine selection of local products on sale.
Image courtesy of La Chabotière
The Ecolodge – Situated in Luché Pringé, the new La Chabotière campsite is one of the Petites Cités de Caractères containing wooden ecolodges on stilts overlooking the river – a lovely country setting. There is a pool, tennis courts, golf, tennis and country walks along the riverside paths.
Images courtesy of Chambre d’hôtes Poncé Sècrete
La Poncé Secrète – Situated in the south of the Sarthe, right in the middle of the village, is a charming chambre d’hôte – La Poncé Secrète – presenting three beautifully appointed rooms, each in its own building. Breakfast is served in the main building.
Images courtesy of L’Hotel de France
L’Hôtel de France – While the L’Hotel de France may not be new, it has new owners! This famous property, beloved especially amongst car enthusiasts, is situated in the centre of La Chartre-sur-le-Loir. This institution in the racing world has been revitalized with a new menu in the restaurant, an array of delicious local wines and the ‘new’ annexe La Petite France with three luxurious suites. Past guests have included The Kennedys, Steve McQueen and Jacky Ickx who have all stayed here. The winner of the 24 hr Le Mans comes here every year.
Images courtesy of Gîte La Ravaloire
Gîte La Ravaloire – Gîte La Ravaloire is a charming three-bedroomed gîte, surrounded by woods and meadows, crossed by a walking trail. Well equipped for a comfortable stay, the Gîte La Ravaloire is close to La Flèche, leisure activities and historic sites – ideal for a couple.
Image courtesy of La Zoo de la Flèche
18 hectares and 1,500 animals – La Flèche Zoo is one of the most beautiful parks in France. For a unique perspective on the animals, stay overnight in one of the high-end lodges to watch the daily lives of the the wolves, tigers, polar bears etc. The most popular suites are the Arctic Lodges in the Polar area which has recently been enlarged to incorporate two new lodges and a new bear will be moving in this year too.
The suites are breathtaking and include a lush private garden and outdoor shower. The chef will deliver a sensational dinner and hearty breakfast.
Travelling to the Vallée du Loir: Take the Eurostar or fly to Paris and travel from Paris Montparnasse Train Station via TGV Atlantique direct to Le Mans (55 minutes) – gateway to The Loir.
Notes for editors: The little Loir without the “e”, is situated between Le Mans, Tours, Laval and Angers. It’s about sleepy, rolling French countryside with charming villages and enchanting towns that seem to belong to a past, less complicated era. It’s also the most northerly outpost of the acclaimed Loire AOC wines.
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