Our favourite places

There are many places we have visited over the years since we started visiting the Loire Valley. Here are just a few of our favourite.

We hope you enjoy them!

Our favourite places to eat

Restaurant le Grand Bleu, Saumur - Our favourite restaurant in Saumur. Perfect for fish, seafood, grills and summer salads. They also have a children's menu so the whole family can enjoy the great food. You will find it in the old town of Saumur and it has tables inside and outside during the Summer months. At busy times of the year it is advisable to ring ahead and book a table.

Le Beouff'tard, Hommes - a local restaurant in the village of Hommes which is about a 10 minute drive from La Croix. The menu is traditionally French with a great value 'menu du jour' served at lunchtimes. It is popular with locals especially at lunchtimes and gives you a real feel of French life. In the Summer months, try combining a visit to Plan d'eau de Hommes with a visit to Le Beouff'tard.

Le Cafe Musee - the nearest cafe/restaurant to La Croix in the village of Parcay les Pins. Recently taken over by Darren & Louise, an English couple who used to manage La Croix for us. They have regular themed nights and offer a good value meal. It is also perfect for a coffee or something stronger at any time of the day. On a Thursday evening they hold a regular 'Fish & Chips' night, so if you are missing that English chippy tea head over to Le Cafe Musee on a Thursday.

Le Bistroglo, Turquant - situated near to the village of Turquant this is.a perfect spot to stop if you are cycling on the Loire a Velo. The restaurant is built into the caves and is a great way to not only sample the local food and wine but to experience the troglodyte setting. In the Summer they set up seats outside and advertise that you can 'a boire, a voir, a manger'. As well as the perfect setting the food is excellent too!

There are many more excellent places to eat out, too many to mention here! We have compiled a list and this is left in La Croix for guests to read.

Our favourite places to visit

Maison Louis de Grenelle - one of many 'bubbly wine houses'. This one is found in the centre of Saumur and offers a tour of 'le caves' and tasting. The tour is fascinating and if you are lucky you can join one that is offered in English. The tasting session afterwards is relaxed and you are offered the opportunity to taste a variety of their bubbly wines.

Saumur - a wander around the old town and up to see the views from the grounds around the chateau is perfectly rounded off with a relaxing drink in the square 'St Pierre' - great for a pre-dinner drink in the early evening.



Chinon - another lovely town for a wander, great places to stop to eat, drink and people watch. In the Summer months you can take a tour in a horse and cart or take a canoe out on the Vienne river. The stunning Chateau is also worth a visit, perched high up above the town you can walk up or take the outside lift! You are rewarded with stunning views when you reach the chateau entrance.


Lac du Rille - a perfect place for a walk or cycle. Make a day of it and take a picnic!

Plan d'eau Hommes - brilliant place for a swim in the Summer. A series of natural basins which provide safe areas to bathe amongst treelined grassy areas. There is a cafe on site from mid June to early September and a lifeguard during peak season. It is great for all ages with a shallow sandy lake for little ones and a few deeper basins for teenagers. You can also take out your canoe or dinghy!


New for Summer 2017 is 'Les Farmers - Guinguette de Hommes', a bar and restaurant over-looking the new 'Parc Aquatique' - great fun for all ages!