WE stayed in at a lovely gite in Le Grand -Pressigny which is in the Tourraine, not too far from Loche. We had originally thought we'd stay near Chinon but were very happy with LG-P, it was an extremely pretty and interesting area.
The Gites, Les Limonierres, were exactly what we wanted. Well equipped and the owners girls as well as guests from the other cottage provided much needed child company for my 11 yo son. It was lovely sitting in the little private garden next to out cottage with a glass of wine listening to the kids playing happily in the fabulous large garden area around the other side. My son loved riding the bikes into town too, it was a fairly easy but enjoyable ride.
We visited Loches on its market day, which was a lot of fun. Loches is a lovely old town. I would highly reccomend the Museum of Prehistory in Le Grand-Pressigny, it is an interesting museum plus the new modern building fits in very well with the old castle.
An absolute highlight for us was lunch at La Promenade in Le Petit -Pressigny, we payed €40 per head for the 2 course meal which meant appetisers to start an entree, main plus desert, cheese and petit fours, aswell as homemade truffles with the coffee. La Promenade is a 1* Michelin restaurant, and the food was the best the 3 of us have ever eaten. So it was definitely superb value.
Other highlights were Chenonceau, a trip to Saumur and Chinon. We also visited the local markets at Le Grand-Pressigny and Descartes. We also visited a local cheese maker, which as someone who makes cheese as a hobby was a really interesting thing to do.
We found nearly everyone we dealt with in the area very friendly, welcoming and helpful. We didn't push ourselves to see lots and lots but rather had a holiday in a beautiful part of the world and ended up leaving feeling far more relaxed and happy than when we arrived.