The Weekend Experience
The available dates for 2019 are: June 7 to 9th and June 28th to 30th, July 12th to 14th and September 20th to 22nd.
Arrive Friday night and depart Sunday night.
Cost 550euro/person twin share. 25% deposit to secure your booking.
Minimum number of guests 4 Maximum 8.
We aim to provide our guests with a (very) brief introduction to the beautiful Loire Valley. You will see some chateaux and taste some wine and leave wanting to return to sample even more of this wonderful area.
After a 55 minute fast train ride from Paris you will disembark in the provincial city of Tours, the centre of the UNESCO classified area of the Val de Loire. You will be greeted at the station and transported to La Jagée our home, in the beautiful Cheillé commune, 22 kilometres from Tours. Arrivals are welcomed from midday.
After you are happily installed in your accommodation join us and other guests on the terrace for an aperitif and a tour of the Australian Indigenous art collection before dinner.
Breakfast is served between 8:00 and 10:00 in our breakfast room where you will find a choice of cereals, fruit, yoghurt, bread and pastries and home made jams. And of course tea or coffee. If you would like a cooked breakfast we are happy to provide it for a small extra fee.
At 10:30 we will provide a brief introduction to the wines of our area and the appellation system before visiting wineries in Rivarennes and Cravant les côteaux to taste wine.
At 13:00 we will lunch at a small restaurant in Cravant les côteaux.
14:30 After a leisurely lunch we will drive on to the medieval village of Chinon and it’s wonderful Fortress, home of the Plantagenets Henry II of England and Richard the Lionheart. You will have time to explore the fascinating medieval/renaissance town before heading down to the waters edge.
19:00 A short river cruise on the Vienne to see the town of Chinon from a different angle.
20:00 Return to La Jagée.
Saturday night you are at liberty. We are happy to recommend restaurants in Azay-le-rideau or for you to bring a picnic to our terrace or park. You will be delivered to the village and picked up when you are ready to return.
Your bedroom has an extra large, wonderfully comfortable bed and a beautiful outlook over our park and garden. The quality bed linens and the serenity of our situation will guarantee you a great nights sleep.
8:00 – 10:00 Breakfast in our breakfast room.
10:30 We depart for Langeais to a local market where you can browse local produce and explore another picturesque riverside village. There is also a castle here which may interest you. We will provide a picnic lunch by the river.
14:00 Return to La Jagée to pack and say goodbye to the dogs. Then on to the Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau.
16:30 to Tours railway station for your return to Paris.
· Meals - Friday night dinner, breakfast Saturday and Sunday, lunch Saturday and Sunday (drinks not included.)
· Chateau entries and river cruise
· Transfers to and from Tours railway stations and transport to chateaux and villages.
· Accommodation At La Jagée