A visit to Villandry and its castle!!!

And we went back to the valley of the kings and the wonderful castles of my belle France. We have been to them when even visiting France but has taken me many years to be back; this was as good as any time to do this. We first went to the Château de Villandry and then the Château de Langeais! Let’s start the tour of several posts on a general overview of Villandry shall we! Hope you enjoy it as we!

Villandry is located in the department of Indre-et-Loire, no 37 in the Centre-Val de Loire region. It is located at 250 km from Paris, and 16 km from Tours. In the heart of the Loire-Anjou-Touraine regional natural park. It is bordered by the Loire river, on the left bank and crossed by the Cher river, the confluence of the two rivers being in the north-west of the town. The name of the town is attested in the forms Columbarium in 852 , and Colombiers was the first name of Villandry and means: “pigeon trees”.

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A historical important event took place here as on July 4, 1189, “La Paix de Colombiers” or peace of Colombiers(Villandry)  was signed in the castle. It was there that Henry II Plantagenêt, King of England, came before Philippe Auguste, King of France, to recognize his defeat.

The best here is the car, and we came by the A11 and A85 to exit 8 Villandry and exit 7 is Langeais, even if we took the D57 to get to the latter . The bus network is served every day of the week, from Monday to Saturday. The Line 32 serves the Lycée Grandmont. It has a direct connection to tramway A at the Fac 2 Lions station in Tours. The train: line 29 Tours-Chinon (Druye station stop) and line 28 Tours-Saumur (Savonnières station stop).

The main things to see here as per yours truly are the Château de Villandry, a wonderful complex interweaving architecture and gardens. The Saint-Etienne (St Stephens) Church. The church is dedicated to Saint Etienne, the first martyr. And La Pierre aux Joncs, a menhir located in Bois Lureau. Dating  from  3500 BC., it testifies to the presence of prehistoric men in the Loire region.

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And we had our lunch at the Resto L’Epicerie Gourmande, 6 rue de la Mairie. A wonderful experience!!

In the heart of Villandry,near the mayor’s office, the Epicerie Gourmande invites you to discover its tea room, its “natural” wine bar, its restaurant, as well as its shop where taped apples and pears, honey, jams, gingerbread, cookies and confectionery, but also perfumes and wellness products for the body and the home are in the spotlight. It is the meeting place for gourmets. A large choice of wines or teas … which you will find on your plate with a wide choice of cold meats or cheeses, tapas, salads, omelets, pancakes … Only homemade that delights our taste buds. The decor is warm with a large fireplace. Finally, it is possible to sleep on site (double or family room).

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Located a few meters from the Château de Villandry, in a building dating from the 16C, Maryline and Marion will welcome you by a fireplace, or on sunny days, on the shaded terrace. We were welcome by Marion and had the terrace for us and our dog Rex!

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We had 3 galette ham goat cheese ementhal cheese and eggs, 2 dish of the day camembert cheese melted with greens salad, baked potatoes and smoked bacon. All wash down with a local white wine of Nicolas Page Chenin Mélodie 2020 Touraine Azay-le-Rideau….. and for dessert a home made lemon tart with meringue that was awesome; well the whole was and of course finish with a expresso coffee all for 25 euros per person just right! We shall return!!!

The Epicerie Gourmande webpage: http://www.epicerie-gourmande-villandry.fr/

The town of Villandry on its heritage: https://www.villandry.fr/tourisme.html#patrimoine-de-villandry-leglise-saint-etienne

There you go folks a wonderful entry into beautiful Villandry and its castle gardens!All about 3 hrs from our home which can be done in a day!! We got the hang of it and will be back for more castles which we love in natural setting with great food and wines of my belle France. Hope you enjoy the post as I did telling you about it.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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