As you will see, we are well-placed with lots of local amenities.
Our nearest village is Valanjou 2.5km away where you will find two boulangers, a pharmacy, bar-tabac, two hairdressers, an excellent supermarket (open on Sunday mornings), a garage,and ‘Le Lavaoir’ – the village creperie. A travelling fishmonger comes to the village square every Thursday evening around 5pm. Why not cycle in, enjoy a pichet of local wine at the bar, buy fresh moules and cycle home again. The bar-tabac overlooks the newly designed village square and has a lunchtime menu for 12euros – three courses including wine. Valanjou boasts an Aire de Plaisance with a lake and picnic tables and a small chateau taken and partly destroyed by the English in 14th century.
Two minutes up the road is a French couple who rear organic meat and vegetables.
In the summer Sylvie, who speaks a little English, and her husband Alaine (farmers by day, charming hosts and cooks by night) provide evening meals in their delightful dining room. A five course meal is served along with organic wine and cheese for about 25 euros a head. We recommend this authentic and very enjoyable evening to all our visitors. You need to book 24 hours ahead which we’re happy to arrange for you if you wish.
The small town of Thouarcé is approx 9km with a small open market on Tuesday mornings and a Super-U supermarket with petrol.
There are two banks, boulanger, florist, bar-tabac and good restaurant – Le Cheval Blanc. And a super new indoor swimming pool.
Vihiers is slightly larger and is 10km. Market day is Wednesday. There are several restaurants and bars, post office, large Super-U supermarket, banks, optician, pharmacies, open-air swimming pool, and riding school. There is a very nice pic-nic area with plenty of shade, parking and lots of local fishing activity.
12km west is Chemillé known for its herb garden and medicinal plants with a large street market on Thursdays selling local produce, clothes, etc. There are cafés, bars, banks, supermarkets (Hyper-U being the largest), a huge new theatre with restaurant and another brand new swimming pool! There is a pizzeria and a good Routier.
Nearest Travel Links
From Ferry Ports by road to Valanjou:
Roscoff 4h 4mins via N12
Cherbourg 3h 52mins via N13
Caen (Ouisterham) 2h 52mins via A11
Dieppe 3h 47mins via A28
Le Havre 3h 31mins via A28
Calais 5h 12mins via A28
From airports by road to Valanjou:
Rennes 2h 10mins via D961
Nantes 1h 17mins via N249 & A87
Angers 48mins via A11
Poitiers 1h 43mins via D347
Tours 1h 41mins via A85