Relaxation

“Here, living is an art” begins with the present moment. Here, in the atmosphere of La Dixmeresse.

Taking your time, recharging your batteries… we wish you will appreciate this great and full time activity. That is why we have designed your room to be your first fulfilment cocoon.

Then, whether it is during a sunny spring or autumn afternoon or a cool summer afternoon, the living room, the terrace, the flowered garden with its water lounge and deck chairs invite you to take time to read or to have discussions, but also to meditate and contemplate.

“Où finit la paresse, où commence la contemplation?” – Where does laziness end, where does contemplation start? Jean Dutourd

Electric Bicycle Rental

As soon as you live La Dixmeresse, you find small country roads and paths. Two loops for bike go in front of our house, but it can also be your starting point to visit many places of interest and discovery according to your choices or our advice.
In summer, no need to go towards bridges to cross the Loire: you can take the crossing in typical local boats in La Chapelle sur Loire in 3,5 km of La Dixmeresse. It is reserved for the walkers on foot and by bicycle and it is a unique and intense moment to live.

To enable you to freely feel the landscapes, pleasures and colours of the Loire as close as possible, we let electric bicycles – frames for men and women – with a Croozer trailer for children and a baby sit – optional. Thus, you can ride over 5, 10 or… 60 km, saving 30% of energy thanks to the battery. You will enjoy rediscovering bike riding pleasures without using up all your energy. 20 €/bike per day or 5 € /hour.

Moreover, ask Bruno to give you his itinerary recommendation and Valérie to reveal her favourite places and you will go with an annotated map and a picnic basket – optional (18 €/pers).

Sports

Horse-riding: at the horse-riding centre of Restigné, 1500 km away from the house, or let’s meet at the house for a ride in the middle of vineyards.
Golf: Golf des 7 tours / 9-hole and 18-hole courses / Courcelles de Touraine, 26 km away Golf of Saumur / 9-hole course / Saint-Hilaire Saint-Florent, 34 km away
Tennis: tennis court renting by the sports club “La Mine d’Or” located in Bourgueil, 10 rue Pasteur – Tel. +33 (0)2 47 97 82 81
Swimming pools: in Avoine – outdoor pool of 25 m, everyday in summer between 11:00am and 07:30pm; Chinon – indoor and outdoor pools of 25 m, between 11:00am and 07:00pm in summer; and Langeais – indoor and outdoor pools of 25 m, between 02:00pm and 08:00pm in summer except on Monday
Rink: in Bourgueil – 4 km away – Place Marcellin Renault – Phone No.: +33 (0)2.47.97.82.30. Open everyday during school holidays between 02:00pm and 05:00pm + in the evening between 09:00pm and 11:30pm on Friday and Saturday.
Bathing places: swimming pond of Bourgueil near the camping site with a lifeguard everyday between 01:30pm and 07:00pm in July and August. Or at the lake of Rillé, 25 km north.

And also our electric bicycle daily rental. Without forgetting, the boule de fort, special local practice game, on exclusive introduction with Bruno.

Leisure

To do other things than visiting monuments, tasting wines, playing sports, walking or relaxing in our garden, there are many other activities all along the year.

For those who love music, there are music festivals: Au fil du Jazz in Bourgueil in early February and Brass Band at the end of June / Blues in early July in Avoine / Chinon en Jazz on Pentecost / Concerts in Fontevraud in autumn – see programme

If you like second-hand markets, do not miss the market of Saint Brice in Restigné on November 16: 200 stalls just in front of La Dixmeresse

For some thrills, you will be delighted by one of the eight courses of the tree climbing park of St Benoît-la-Forêt – open every afternoon.

Children and adults alike will be pleased by the steam train of the Lake of Rillé.

If you are looking for a more original activity, visit La Cab’ânes in Restigné for a peaceful moment with donkeys.

And our favourite one for the year 2014: SOLOTAREFF’s “Animal” exhibition in the abbey of Fontevraud from April to November 2014.