Pauline and Paul are the happy hosts of Le Détour guest house located in the Touraine countryside. Former Parisians exiled in the Loire Valley, they lovingly renovated a charming barn bathed in light and open on all sides to omnipresent nature.
It took two years of work for Pauline Lemoine and Paul Gross to transform a barn in Indre-et-Loire into a contemporary and friendly guest house. With the help of architect Samuel Crosnier and local craftsmen, they were able to create a modern envelope while retaining the bucolic charm and soul of the place. The new hosts now welcome you to their large house where life is good, and guarantee you wonderful moments of relaxation.
These former city dwellers chose to settle down in Touraine for its fabulous gardens, its magical castles and its colorful vineyards varieties. Thus, the house is the starting point for numerous activities for nature, wine tourism and history enthusiasts. Solo, with family or friends, explore Le Jardin de la France and the banks of the Loire by bike and enjoy everything that Touraine Nature can offer you. Pauline reveals her most beautiful addresses...
WALK & ACTIVITIES
Le Château de Langeais
The Château de Langeais, 1000 years old, immerses its visitors in the daily life of a 15th century prince. The castle is famous for having hosted the marriage of Charles VIII and Anne of Brittany in 1491. After visiting the gardens and the park with remarkable trees, children can enjoy tree houses and play areas. The visit is fun and dynamic and appeals to the whole family.
Le château et les Jardins de Villandry
Counting among the jewels of the Châteaux de la Loire, the Château de Villandry and its sumptuous French gardens are a unique testimony to the architecture of Renaissance gardens. All year round, discover the gardens throughout the seasons and their superb displays.
Inhabited by the same family for 260 years, the Château de Lude is a testimony to four centuries of French architecture. Many activities and entertainment are offered to children during school holidays: treasure hunts in boxwood mazes, creative workshops, snacks in medieval kitchens, Easter egg hunts, etc. The entire program is available on the site.
John and Stéphanie's selection is always very accurate, with just the right amount of colors, wood, and sometimes sass. A large part of the chairs from Maison Le Détour come from this beautiful boutique which deserves to be known.
16, rue du Général de Gaulle, 72800 Le Lude
Here we are in the ceramic workshop of Fabiola Bouchard who mainly works with porcelain and stoneware. You can find cups, plates and also take a class to make your own objects.
8, rue du Marché au Fil 72800 Le Lude
La petite boutique du Détour
A selection of products that you will use during your stay at Le Détour, that you will love very much and that you can take home afterwards: soap, candles, teapots, a grocery corner also to enjoy on site, and soon a selection of tableware vintage!
Domaine Frédéric Mabileau
How to come to Touraine without a wine tasting. Domaine Frédéric Mabileau has been producing organic and/or natural wines in the family for several generations. Here it is a smiling and passionate team who welcome you and who talk to you about their wine with a little sparkle of passion in their eyes. The place is beautiful, the people are nice, the wine is good, what more could you ask for?
6, rue du Pressoir, 37140 Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil
Another story of wine and family. In a pretty mansion in the heart of Chinon, La Dilettante is the Domaine Breton wine tasting shop. Organic and natural, there are still local wines to discover, a family story to listen to and a passion to share. The store is very beautiful, you feel good there and you could stay chatting for hours.
27, rue Voltaire 37500 Chinon
Marché de Langeais
One of the most beautiful markets in the region. It takes place on Sunday morning. Come see Sandrine and Stéphane, goat cheese producers, a delight!
Marché de Noyant Villages
Smaller but also very gourmet, the market takes place on Fridays. It's imperative that you go see Arthur, a market gardener just a stone's throw from Maison Le Détour, or the Anjou cheese factory.
Marché de Château la Vallière
On Saturday, only 4 or 5 stands, but only local producers.
Odette is the mother of Fréderic Mabileau and the grandmother of Charlie, the chef of this restaurant. An address that we like, a cuisine full of flavors and fresh produce, a menu that changes every week, a smiling team, the estate's wines of course, in short a very beautiful address.
6, rue du Pressoir 37140 Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil
Located in a former fisherman's hotel which faces the Loire and which offers sumptuous sunsets, this address is super local, good and beautiful which highlights the fish of the Loire. At its head, two partners, one a sinner, the other leader. Together they create a menu based on the results of the fishing, also adding other products from the surrounding farms. Reservation well in advance required.
19, avenue du 11 Novembre 37130 Bréhémont
Maïté and Hervé offer a seasonal menu, in a very beautiful setting. The dishes are elegant and refined, the service is friendly. The products are featured on the plates, it’s very, very good!
15, place de l'Église 72340 Chahaignes
Run by Steven & Steven, this kids friendly restaurant offers a simple but well-made menu, the service is super pleasant, they both care about eating well and having a good time.
12, rue Carnot 37130 Langeais
Maison Le Détour
Three bedrooms or the entire 200m2 house to rent to enjoy the calm and nature that surrounds the property.
Le Château Louise de la Vallière
Immerse yourself in the History of France, in the 17th century of the Duchess de la Vallière, first favorite of Louis XIV. A luxury setting and cozy atmosphere for this castel and its gourmet restaurant whose decoration is signed by famous french interior designer Jacques Garcia.
Château Louise de La Vallière 37380 Reugny
Live the troglodyte experience in this guest room with an atmosphere that is both raw and refined.
19 bis, rue Camille Breton 37530 Nazelles-Négron
A LITTLE FURTHER... ONE HOUR MAX
It is the largest monastic city in Europe. The architecture is in the spotlight with almost empty rooms which allow you to admire the construction work that was done there. There is also a close link with art here, thanks to the modern art museum which has existed since 2021 but also thanks to a multidisciplinary program which hosts exhibitions throughout the year.
Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud 49590 Fontevraud-l’Abbaye
Le Festival International des jardins du Domaine de Chaumont sur Loire
Discover installations, works of art and contemporary creations installed there every year from April to November in the gardens of the Chaumont estate. It is a beautiful mixture of land art and open-air museum, a laboratory of contemporary creation in the field of gardens and landscape creation in the world since 1992.
Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire 41150 Chaumont-sur-Loire
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MAISON LE DETOUR
By train 20 trains per day Paris-Tours then car or bike - average time: train 1h30 + bike 2h00 or car 40 mn
By car 3h00 - co2 emission: 41,09 kg
By train 17 trains per day Nantes-Tours then car or bike - average time: train 2h00 + bike 2h00 or car 40 mn
By car 2h00 - co2 emission: 24,75 kg
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