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“Really cool, in several senses”

Les Caves Champignonnieres des Roches
Ranked #3 of 3 things to do in Bourre
Certificate of Excellence
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durham, NC
Level 6 Contributor
164 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Really cool, in several senses”
Reviewed 17 May 2014

If you are nearby, this combination of mushroom caves and underground village is well worth a visit. Really unusual and very interesting, plus who new mushrooms could taste this good. Well worth a detour.

Visited April 2014
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Paris, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Interesting and friendly guides”
Reviewed 3 November 2013 via mobile

We went to the caves out of season on rented bikes. Unfortunately we missed the tour but one of the partners showed us around the caves. Fascinating spaces and unbelievable that more of them aren't protected for their archeological history. We didn't see everything and would definitely go back for the full tour if we are in the area again. They have a sculpted town Main Street which is erringly realistic to look down upon and examples of how the rock was mined for all the chateaus In the area.

Visited October 2013
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Elk Grove, CA
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43 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
“Fun & informative”
Reviewed 14 October 2013 via mobile

I was driving along to go to a castle when I saw a sign for mushroom caves, decided to go & check it out. The drive to it is pretty & my timing was perfect. The next tour was in 20 minutes.
The tour guide was very friendly & full of information. The tour was in French & not sure if they have tours in English but I speak French so it was okay for me.
They tell you about the different types of mushrooms & how they grown, you also get to pick a mushroom & eat it.
The carved village is pretty amazing to think that it is all done by hand.
This is the same mushroom caves that The Amazing Race went to a couple of years ago, so that ended some fun to the whole thing.
Everyone was very friendly, including the people at the store.
I definitely think it was worth a short detour from my destination.

Visited September 2013
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Sambin, France
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49 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Don't call; don't go. N'aller pas.”
Reviewed 14 September 2013

We wanted to visit, we said over the phone, but she said they were full - no places available for a tour that day. We then said there were 20 in our party. Oh, OK, we could come, but we couldn't just see the underground village (for 7.50 Euros), we had to accept the mushroom tour, too (for a total of 10 Euros).

My wife and I had visited once before, a long time ago, and were similarly treated, eventually not taking a tour. She is brusque to the point of rudeness, seemingly only interested in how much we will buy and timing the tours to her convenience. And the first time, there was no one there but us. Now, it is only worth a tour if she can make a lot of money.

Twice so badly treated, why ever think about visiting, again?

Visited September 2013
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France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
“Interesting and marvellous”
Reviewed 4 August 2013

Two visits are combined but you don't have to do both. First you do the mushroom visit where you find out (in french) how mushrooms grow. These are top quality mushrooms which are sold to restaurants. The second visit, further along the caves, is a real work of art. Christian Lhermite has been sculpturing facades of town buildings into the soft white rock since 1999 (only works in winter). The detail is incredible. This stone is what was used to build the surrounding castles which hardens as it dries out once above ground, Unfortunately acid rain is slowly destroying the castle stone hence why Lhermite is leaving such a legacy for future generations in this underground wonderland.

Visited July 2013
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