Put down your suitcases… and take the time…,… .. enjoy peacefully the beauty of the place, the perfect architecture of an Exceptional Historic Monument, a good book, the pleasure of a great natural park, with the delicious scents of the Orangery and its collection of citrus fruits. To discover the surroundings and be surprised by the incredible wealth of the region, choosing Le Château de Saint-Loup sur Thouet as a base is a strategic option. Some ideas for outings? The Loire vineyards: we recommend the Savennière and in particular "Le Clos du Papillon" from the Domaine du Closel or the Chinon like the Château de la Grille, if you prefer family outings you will be delighted at Puy du Fou and its famous cinéscénie or the Futuroscope in Poitiers, or the Châteaux of the Loire Valley to revise its classics. Also essential is the famous Royal Abbey of Fontevraud and the recumbent statues of Eleanor of Aquitaine and Richard the Lionheart. Do not resist the temptation to spend the day in La Rochelle, a historic city and very beautiful architecture, a gourmet table awaits you at C. Coutanceau on the old port »Restaurant: Les Flots«. For the bike trips you are on the VéloFrancette routes with many thematic circuits, you prefer walking and domestic trips? the ways of Saint-Jacques de Compostelle pass by St Loup and the Gr 36, many fords allow to cross the river by small picturesque ways, you can also join the lake of Cébron: protected nature reserve.
For amateurs of good food, how many irresistible temptations !!!
Foie gras from the region is on top of your shopping list: it is highly advisable to pass by CHALANDRAY and visit Maison MITTEAULT , both duck breeder and food producer. Foie gras and cooked specialities in jars are offered in a beautifully restored barn dedicated to the presentation and sale of local produces.
In the Deux-Sèvres you will appreciate rack of lamb, goat cheeses of all sorts, the tasty meat of Parthenay cattle, honey from Louin and of course the Loire valley wines of SAUMUR, CHINON…
As for markets the greatest of all is THOUARS without dispute on Friday morning: an appointment with quality.
Three eating places are directly accessible and within walking distance from the Château: the closest and most classic “Le relais du Chapeau rouge” with its traditional home-made cooking, Pizzeria “L’expresso” and the Auberge “Sainte Catherine”. A little retail market in the main village street allows for last minute purchases such as picnic items.
In Airvault we advise you inter alia to try “Hotel du Cygne” and the “12” . Beware in the countryside, opening hours are shorter than in major cities and it is a good idea to book early.
Numerous eating options in and around PARTHENAY.
For your receptions, Chateau de Saint-Loup sur Thouet operates on the basis of outside catering services including “Chef à Domicile”. Our partners step in regularly for the organization of Weddings, Seminars and Group stays. Our address book is available on demand.